Monthly Archives: October 2014

UN Birth Day Flash Mob performed in the Cox’s Bazar Sea Beach


Cox’s Bazar, 21 October 2014: In observance of UN Day, an eye catching Flash Mob was organized in Cox’s Bazar Sea Beach involving sea surfers and lifeguards and volunteers to deliver the message of #Happy Birthday UN 2014 on 21 October 2014. The exciting Flash Mob was also participated by UN staff members, government officials, NGO activists, youth groups and local people of Cox’s Bazar. Different messages were conveyed to the general people through communication materials, like t-shirt, banner, poster and placards. The print and electronic media covered the event. The event was jointly organized by UNIC Dhaka, UNESCO and UNHCR and it was a divisional part of ‘7 Plays, 7 Divisions, 7 MDGs’  designed by UN Communication group & UN Country Team. UN Sub-offices in Cox’s Bazar and voluntary groups including UNYSAB extended their support in organizing the events. See Video in:  youtube

UN Day Street Drama on Universal Primary Education (MDG-2) staged in Cox’s Bazar


Play.01Cox’s Bazar, 21 October 2014: In observance of UN Day, UNIC Dhaka, UNESCO and UNHCR jointly organized a street drama focusing on – MDG 2: “Achieving Universal Primary Education” – at Shahid Minar premises of Cox’s Bazar district, on 21 October 2014. The main objective of the event was to create awareness among all quarters of people about the importance of primary education – a beginning and baseline of lifelong education and learning process. In the inaugural session representatives of concerned stakeholders made their commitment to advance the common cause of primary education. The Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, Ruhul Amin was the chief guest while Joint Secretary of GOB and Refugees, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan presided over. UNHCR Country Representative, Stina Lungdell spoke on the occasion as guest of honour. The Specials guests who spoke were, Honorary Consul General of Japan Embassy Muhammad Nurul Islam, Educationist Prof Moshtaq Ahmed, Civil Society representative S.M. Sirajul Islam Chowdhury, ASP, Natun Chakma, Assistant Civil Surgeon, Dr. Mohiuddin Md. Alamgir. The programme was moderated by Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Dhaka, M. Moniruzzaman. Around 500 people from UN agencies, government offices, NGOs, civil society groups, media, educational institutions, volunteer group and general public participated in the event. A blood donation camp was also organized at the Shahid Minar premises. The core group of UNIC Dhaka, UNHCR and UNESCO coordinated all the events in Cox’s Bazar under the theme of ‘7 Plays, 7 Divisions, 7 MDGs’  designed by UN Communication group and UN Country Team.

UN Day Press Conference on MDG-2 in Cox’s Bazar

press.07Cox’s Bazar, 21 October 2014: In commemoration of UN Day 2014, a press conference was organized by UNIC Dhaka, UNHCR and UNESCO on UN Day and MDG-2: Universal Primary Education at UNHCR Sub-office in Cox’s Bazar. The main purpose of the media briefing was to create awareness and sensitize people through media about the importance of MDG-2. Around 50 journalists from local and national media outlets took part in the press briefing. UNHCR Representative in Bangladesh Stina Lungdell briefed the journalist about UN Day Celebration and achievements of MDGs. The UNESCO Programme Officer Shirin Akther highlighted the situation of primary education in Bangladesh. The journalists took part in the question/answer session and raised different issues including MDG-2. The Sub-office officials of different UN agencies based in Cox’s Bazar also took part in the briefing. A UN video on MDGs was also screened before the audience. Each of the media representatives were provided with a press kit. The communication focal points of UNIC Dhaka, UNHCR and UNESCO coordinated the press conference with the support of local UNHCR sub-office.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on United Nations Day, 24 October 2014

The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll. Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field. Continue reading