Monthly Archives: January 2016

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust: Discussion and poster exhibition

Holocaust Day event by UNIC Dhaka, Group PhotoDhaka, 27 January 2016: In observance of International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, UNIC Dhaka organized a discussion seminar and poster exhibition at UNIC office on 27 January 2016. The students of Dhaka University and ASA University took part in the events and expressed their solidarity for the holocaust victims during Second World War. The poster exhibition was launched by Mika Kanervavuori, Human Rights Advisor, UNRC Office, who spoke on the occasion as chief guest. UNIC officer-in-Charge M. Moniruzzaman moderated the session. The discussants were Dr. Sayma Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Dhaka University, Abu Hena Mustofa Kamal, Assistant Professor, Department of Law, ASA University. The speakers said that any kind of genocide is deplorable, the painful days of Bangladesh liberation war was also highlighted in the discussion. They urged to respect diversity and tolerance in the society. The participants were provided with UNSG’s massage and UN publications.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoints SDG Advocates

SDG Advocates

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of a group of eminent persons to assist in the campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that world leaders unanimously adopted last September. With a mandate to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, the newly named SDG Advocates will add powerful voices to spur action on the visionary and transformational sustainable development agenda. The 17 SDGs aim to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while leaving no one behind.

The SDG Advocates will have the task of promoting the universal sustainable development agenda, raising awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and fostering the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of the SDGs. Continue reading

‘I Am 70’ Video Series

This compelling series highlights extraordinary 70 year old people, born in the same year the United Nations was founded. The series of three short videos, each told ‘in their own words’, is an unforgettable look at life, legacy and the ideals to which we all aspire.
The first installment of ‘I am 70’ features Mr. Tom Hoffman, a Holocaust survivor who speaks emotionally about how the war shaped his life and how the ideals of the United Nations serves as his inspiration.
The second installment of ‘I am 70’ features Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations who speaks about growing up in war-torn Korea, his role as Secretary-General, and his hope for the future.
The third installment of ‘I am 70’ features Dr. Usha Rai, a doctor in India who speaks about the importance of educating girls, the need for woman working in the field of health, and the role that UN can play in both.

2016 – a key year to move ahead with “Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals to Transform Our World”

SDGs Bangla Icons for web22016 is a key year for moving ahead with the new sustainable development agenda. Entitled “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” the new agenda contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets and has been adopted by UN Member States to spur actions that will end poverty, fight inequalities, tackle climate change, and build a more sustainable world by 2030, leaving no one behind. The SDGs are global in nature and universally applicable, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.