Monthly Archives: October 2015

Celebration of UN Day and UN 70th Anniversary: Turn the World UN Blue Art Contest, 24 October 2015

UN Blue Art ContestDhaka, 24 October, 2015: In commemoration of United Nations 70th Anniversary and UN Day 2015, UNIC Dhaka jointly with Dhakabashi, and National Federation of Youth  Organizations in Bangladesh (NFYOB) organized a Children Art Contest under the campaign of ‘Turn the World UN Blue’ on 24 October 2015. The event was inaugurated by Haji Muhammad Selim,MP in the premises of Lalbagh Fort, a historical landmark of in Old Dhaka. The students of different schools took part in the art contest. Among others, the organizers and local social workers spoke on the occasion. A number of volunteers of Dhakabashi also took part in the event.

UN 70th Anniversary commemorated in the city

UNRC speaks at UN Day symposiumDhaka, 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.

Op-ed – United Nations Day 2015: The United Nations at 70, by Robert D. Watkins, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh

UNRC PhotoAt 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

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message on United Nations Day, 24 October 2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon333UN 70

National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world.  But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us.

That blue flag of the United Nations was a banner of hope for me growing up in wartime Korea.
Seven decades after its founding, the United Nations remains a beacon for all humanity.
Every day, the United Nations feeds the hungry and shelters those driven from their homes. Continue reading

UN Day, 24 October: Global landmarks are lit as part of the ‘Turn the World UN Blue’ Campaign

UN Headquarters lit in UN blue © UN PhotoTo help celebrate the UN’s 70th anniversary, more than 300 iconic monuments, buildings, statues, bridges, and other landmarks in nearly 75 countries across the globe will be lit up blue on UN Day, 24 October, as part of an exciting new global campaign which helps unite global citizens and promote the message of peace, development and human rights.
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