UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Message on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2019

A free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights.

No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power.

This is especially true during election seasons — the focus of this year’s World Press Freedom Day.

Facts, not falsehoods, should guide people as they choose their representatives.

Yet while technology has transformed the ways in which we receive and share information, sometimes it is used to mislead public opinion or to fuel violence and hatred. Continue reading

Press Conference by three top UN officials in Cox’s Bazar

26 April 2019: A UN press conference was organized at a local hotel in Cox’s Bazar at the end of a joint visit to Bangladesh by three top United Nations officials – the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) António Vitorino, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi – today reiterated their commitment to keep working toward safe and sustainable solutions in Myanmar for Rohingya refugees and noted the UN efforts there to help create conditions conducive to return. Meanwhile, they called on the international community to continue supporting the critical needs of 1.2 million people in south-eastern Bangladesh, mostly Rohingya refugees but also including generous host communities. The three Principals had a number of meetings separately that include Hon’ble Prime Minister, Ministers and top level govt officials, different local groups, local UN officials during their visit to Bangladesh. They also met senior government officials in Cox’s Bazar. During the press conference the 3 Principals shared their experience on the Rohingya situation and thanked the government for their support to Rohingyas while UNRC Mia Seppo was present. More than 70 journalists from local, national and international journalists took part in Q/A session. UNIC National Information Officer moderated the media briefing.


Commemoration of International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Dhaka, 10 April 2019: Students and teachers have raised their voice against any kind of violence, intolerance, inhuman acts, hatred and abuse of human rights in a workshop held in Dhaka University, jointly organized by Department of Peace and Conflict studies of Dhaka University and United Nations Bangladesh. The Dean of Social Sciences Faculty Prof. Dr. Sadeka Halim opened the programme as chief guest, while Md. Touhidul Islam, Chairperson of Department of Peace and Conflict Studies presided over. UN Human Rights Officer and UNIC National Information Officer also spoke on the occassion. Participants took part in poster exhibition, video show, discussion and candle lighting. The events were supported by Dhaka University Model UN Association. UNIC Dhaka distributed UN publications including SG’s message among all the participants.


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Message on World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April 2019

On World Autism Awareness Day, we speak out against discrimination, celebrate the diversity of our global community and strengthen our commitment to the full inclusion and participation of people with autism. Supporting them to achieve their full potential is a vital part of our efforts to uphold the core promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: to leave no one behind.

This year’s observance underscores the importance of affordable assistive technologies to support people with autism to live independent lives and, indeed, to exercise their basic human rights. Around the world, there are still major barriers to accessing such technologies, including high costs, unavailability and a lack of awareness of their potential.

Last year, I launched a Strategy on New Technologies to ensure that new and emerging technologies are aligned with the values enshrined in the UN Charter, international law and human rights conventions, including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. On World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to these values – which include equality, equity and inclusion – and to promoting the full participation of all people with autism, by ensuring that they have the necessary tools to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.

International Women’s Day 2019: Mobile Photography Contest



Institutions for Sustainable Development: Jahangirnagar University Model UN conference organized

Dhaka, 18 March 2018: Jahangirnagar University Model United Nations Association (JUMUNA), with the strategic partnership of UN Bangladesh and knowledge support by UNIC Dhaka, kicked-off a four-day long Model United Nations (MUN) assembly at Jahir Raihan Auditorium in Jahangirnagar University on 14 March 2019. The theme of the JMUN 2019 is “Building effective accountable and inclusive institutions to achieve sustainable development”. A total of 300 participants from different educational institutions including a number of foreign delegates took part in the UN simulation. Guests, organizers and UN officials spoke in both opening and concluding sessions. All the participants were provided with UN publications and best delegates were awarded with prizes and certificates. Views of delegates in FB video:  https://www.facebook.com/unicdhaka/videos/474610623076032/

School level SDGs Quiz Contest and Discussion Impacts on Youth Mindset

The future of the country lies on the quality education while youth heath is a prime concern. To address those issues, a quiz contest and discussion seminar on SDGs was organized at Sher-e-Banglanagar Government Girls High School on 13 March 2019. With the cooperation of UNFPA Bangladesh, UN Clinic and the host School, UNIC Dhaka arranged the interactive session. The event was focused on SDGs, girls health and hygiene. Unfpa official focuses on reproductive health while a nutritionist talks about obesity. The background of SDGs was discussed by UNIC official. Students took part in quiz and Q/A session. SDGs medals were awarded among the quiz winners. A practical session on girl’s heath on hygiene was conducted by UN Physician where awareness about breast cancer gets priority. The Headmistress of the school presided over the sessions.


Message of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019

Gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. We can only re-establish trust in institutions, rebuild global solidarity and reap the benefits of diverse perspectives by challenging historic injustices and promoting the rights and dignity of all.

In recent decades, we have seen remarkable progress on women’s rights and leadership in some areas. But these gains are far from complete or consistent – and they have already sparked a troubling backlash from an entrenched patriarchy.

Gender equality is fundamentally a question of power. We live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture. Only when we see women’s rights as our common objective, a route to change that benefits everyone, will we begin to shift the balance.

Increasing the number of women decision-makers is fundamental. At the United Nations, I have made this a personal and urgent priority. We now have gender parity among those who lead our teams around the world, and the highest-ever numbers of women in senior management. We will continue to build on this progress. Continue reading

Celebration International Mother Language Day at School level

In celebration of Int’l Mother Language Day,  a painting competition, musical performance and discussion seminar was organized by UNIC Dhaka in cooperation with UNESCO Bangladesh and Daffodil Int’l School, Uttara at the school auditorium on 20 February 2019. One hundred students of the school took part in the events. UNESCO Programme officer, School Principal and UNIC Official spoke on the occasion. The speakers spoke on the promotion of multilingualism, the background of International Mother Language Day and the sacrifice of Bangladeshi people in establishing mother tongue.