Seminar on SDGs at Chittagong Independent University

eChittagong, Wednesday, 5 October 2016: Aiming to engage young people in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNIC Dhaka jointly with Chittagong Independent University (CIU) organized a seminar on Sustainable Development Goals  at CIU conference room on 5 October 2016. The key-note paper was presented by M. Moniruzzaman, Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Dhaka. Dr. Mahfuzul Hoque Chowdhury, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong Independent University spoke on the occasion as chief guest while Muhammad Nurul Islam, Founder of Nippon Academy and Honorary Consul-General of Japan was special guest. The UNIC OIC in his deliberation highlighted on the 17 sustainable development goals and 169 associated targets which were adopted by UN members countries in September 2015. Faculties, officials and students took part in the question/answer during open discussion. A video on UN humanitarian activities was screened before the audience. Each of the students was provided with UN publications including SDGs Bangla postcards.

Model UN Conference 2016 in Rajshahi University

untitled-1  Rajshahi, Thursday, 29 September 2016: With the partnership of UNIC Dhaka, UN Youth and Student Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB) organized a four-day long Model UN Conference 2016 in Rajshahi University during 29 Sep to 2 Oct 2016. More than 300 delegates from different educational institutions took part in the UN simulation.  The opening ceremony was inaugurated by Md Mizanur Rahman, Associate Professor and Student Adviser of Rajshahi University, M. Moniruzzaman, Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Dhaka and former Student Adviser Prof Md. Sadequl Arephin Matin while UNYSAB President Mamun Mia chaired the session. UNIC Officer-in-Charge has urged the young leaders to come forward to play their role in achieving SDGs, he said, the youth leaders have the opportunity to contribute in building nations. Continue reading

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on the International Day of Non-Violence: 2 October 2016

gunEvery year on the International Day of Non-Violence, we re-commit ourselves to the cause of peace, as exemplified by the life of Mahatma Gandhi who was born on this day 147 years ago.

We know that a culture of non-violence begins with respect for others, but it does not end there.  To nurture peace, we must respect nature.  I am pleased this year’s International Day of Non-Violence puts the focus on sustainability and the environment.

In all he did, Gandhi honoured our obligation to all living things.  He reminded us that “Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed.”   Gandhi also challenged us to “be the change we wish to see in the world”. Continue reading

SDGs Campaign at Govt. PN Girls’ High School, Rajshahi

1111  Rajshahi, 29 September 2016: UNIC Dhaka organized a seminar, as part of nation-wide SDGs campaign, at Govt PN Girls’ High School in Rajshahi district on 29 September 2016. More than 100 students took part in the discussion and Q/A session. The key-note speech was delivered by UNIC National Information Officer & OIC M. Moniruzzaman while Ms Shahara Khanom, Headmistress of the School presided over the seminar. UNIC OIC spoke on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by UN member states and elaborated each goals with backround information. The Bangla translated postcards with 17 goals were distributed among all the participants. The participants have completed a questionnaire with their feedback and opinion about the event.

Round table discussion on International Day of Older Persons

111Dhaka, 01 October 2016: On the occasion of International Day of Older Persons, Daily Alokito Bangladesh, in cooperation with UNIC Dhaka and other local partners, organized a round table discussion titled “Ageing problem: the role of the family and society” at Dhaka Ahsania Mission auditorium on 28 September 2016. The focus of this year  – take a stand against ageism. The keynote paper was presented by the Secretary-General of Probin Hitoishi Sangha Professor A.S.M. Atiqur Rahman while the round-table was presided over by Kazi Rafiqul Alam, President of Dhaka Ahsania Mission. M. Moniruzzaman, Officer-in- Charge of UNIC Dhaka took part in the discussion and focused on the UN engagement in supporting elderly issues. Kazi Ali Reza, Joint Secretary of Daily Alokito Bangladesh moderated the round table discussion. A supplement page was published by Daily Alokito Bangladesh on 1 October based on the recommendations made during round-table discussion – link.

Call for Applications: United Nations Youth Advisory Panel. Deadline – 10 October 2016

United Nations Youth Advisory Panel Bangladesh Application Guidelines:

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Bangladesh recognizes that developing the full potential of youth is paramount to achieving long-term social change. Youth have a critical role to play in the economic and social development of their country, including in the achievement of the Sustainable Developments Goals. To support the full and effective participation of youth in all levels of civic life and to understand adolescent and youth issues from their own perspective as well as to provide them with a platform raise their voices, the UN in Bangladesh established a voluntary youth advisory panel. The United Nations Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP) was established in 2014 and consists of 30 outstanding young volunteers from Bangladesh. The UNYAP functions as a platform for the exchange of information and ideas between Bangladeshi youth delegates and the UN Interagency Theme Group on Adolescents and Youth. UNYAP Application flyer and UNYAP Application Form 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Video Message for Eid Al-Adha

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonNew York, 12 September 2016:

Assalam Alaikum. Eid al-Adha is a celebration of sacrifice for the common good, family and community, and compassion and solidarity with the least amongst us. At a time when societies face complex challenges — violent conflict, displacement, division – let us draw on our common humanity to build a better world for all.  I wish all Muslims around the world a blessed and peaceful Eid.  Eid Mubarak.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on International Literacy Day: 8 September 2016

173378This year, the world the world has embarked on implementing the ambitious and transformational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  With its 17 universal, integrated and interdependent Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda is an action plan for people, planet, partnership and peace.

Literacy stands at heart of the 2030 Agenda.  It is a foundation for human rights, gender equality, and sustainable societies.  It essential to all our efforts to end extreme poverty and promote well-being for all people.  That is why the Sustainable Development Goals aim for universal access to quality education and learning opportunities throughout people’s lives.

One of the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 4 is to ensure that all young people achieve literacy and numeracy and that a substantial proportion of adults who lack these skills are given the opportunity to acquire them. Continue reading

UNIC Dhaka launches SDGs campaign in Dhaka University

“Public engagement is a critical part in popularizing and branding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the national level, and participation of young people also needs to be ensured in implementing the SDGs process”, UNIC Officer-in-Charge M Moniruzzaman said during the launch of SDGs campaign in Dhaka University campus on 16 August 2016. Prof. AAMS Arefin Siddique, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Dhaka inaugurated the launching event at his conference room. The VC highlighted the role of United Nations in supporting the development process of Bangladesh, especially, he remembered the contribution of a number of UN agencies during and after the liberation war of Bangladesh.

The VC said, Bangladesh did very well in achieving MDGs and hoped that this trend will continue for the implementation of SDGs. The long-term SDGs campaign in DU will be carried-out by Dhaka University Model United Nations Association (DUMUNA) in collaboration with UNIC Dhaka. DUMUNA Moderator Professor Delwar Hossain (Dept. of IR) also spoke in the launching and extended his full support in it. Students of different departments affiliated with DUMUNA participated in the programme.