Dhaka, 24 October 2015: UN Resident Coordinator Robert Watkins urged all stakeholders to work together to achieve the new global goals of sustainable development by the year 2030. He was speaking as a guest of honour in a symposium at a local hotel in Dhaka organized by UN Association of Bangladesh to mark the UN 70th Anniversary. Mr. Mizanur Rahman, Secretary (Bilateral and Consular) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke on the occasion as chief guest while UNAB President Justice Ebadul Hoque chaired the session. The key-note paper was presented by renowned economist Dr. Q. K. Ahmed. The UNAB Secretary-General Prof Syed Muhammad Shahed moderated the symposium. Among others, government and UN officials, NGO and civil society representatives and UNAB members took part in the symposium.
At the close of the Second World War in 1945, the world had never seen destruction on such a scale, with the estimated death toll in six years of fighting ranging from 40 million to as high as 85 million people, most of them civilians, and two continents left in post-war ruins. By some estimates, a further 60 million people were made refugees, almost 3% of the global population at the time.
After years of negotiations, as one of the most brutal wars in human history raged and finally came to an end, on 24 October 1945 the United Nations was founded, creating a Charter that is still resonant today and which Member States are beholden to observe. The frst task of the UN in the wake of the war was to rebuild, reconstruct, and lay the foundations for international cooperation and peace so that a war of such magnitude could be avoided in the future. Continue reading
Chittagong, 15 June 2015: To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations and to sensatize the UN summits scheduled in 2015, UNIC Dhaka with the partnership of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) and Nippon Academy organized a seminar on 15 June at CUET auditorium. The Vice-Chancellor of CUET Prof Dr Jahangir Alam spoke on the ocassion as chief guest while the key-note paper was pressented by UNIC Officer-in-Charge M. Moniruzzaman. Among others, the Honorary Consul-General of Japan Embassy Mr. M. Nurul Islam, Pro Vice Chancellor and Registrar of CUET spoke in the seminar. Around one hundred students of CUET attended the seminar and few of them took part in Q/A session. The event was mainly focused on September Summit in New York for shaping SDGs, July Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) in Addis Ababa and COP21 in Paris during Nov-Dec 2015. The objectives and impact of those summit were also discussed in the seminar. Issues like sustainable development, climate change in Bangladesh and how Bangladeshi young people can contribute in those matters, also came-up in the discussion. Another seminar on UN 70 and SDGs was organized at Nippon academy on 14 June 2015.