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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.

Seminar with Korean Youth Delegation: Youth, Peace and Volunteerism

A seminar on Youth, Peace and Volunteerism was organized by UNIC Dhaka on 18 February 2019 at Centre’s meeting room. The visiting Korean youth delegation and youth representatives of Dhakabashi Organization participated in the seminar. The various activities carried out by United Nations relating youth development were discussed in the seminar, the UNIC National Information Officer highlighted about the Centre’s engagement with youth groups for their capacity and skill development. The delegates focused about their volunteerism mission in Bangladesh and discussed on the aspects of strengthening working relationship with Bangladeshi youth groups. Among others, the President of Dhakabashi Organization, UNV Bangladesh Country Focal and Team leader of DAEYAYON/Nature Plus (Korea) took part in the discussion. All the delegates were provided with locally published UN publications.

Message of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on World Radio Day, 13 February 2019

Radio is a powerful tool.

Even in today’s world of digital communications, radio reaches more people than any other media platform.

It conveys vital information and raises awareness on important issues.

And it is a personal, interactive platform where people can air their views, concerns, and grievances. Radio can create a community.

For the United Nations, especially our peacekeeping operations, radio is a vital way of informing, reuniting and empowering people affected by war.

On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace.

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Poster Exhibition and Discussion on Holocaust Day

Dhaka, 29 January 2019: UNIC Dhaka with the cooperation of Dhaka University Model UN Association, ASA University Bangladesh, Daffodil International University (DIU) and Hope Multimedia marked the ‘International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust’ through a Poster Exhibition and Panel Discussion at UNIC library on 29 January 2019. The Poster exhibition was jointly opened by Prof. Dr. Farhana Helal Mehtab, Dean, Law Faculty of DIU and Ari Gaitanis, Sr. Communication Advisor of UNRC Office. Around 25 students and guests from three universities took part in the panel discussion and Q/A session which was moderated by UNIC National Information Officer Dr. Md. Moniruzzaman. The speakers and students expressed their solidarity for the victims of holocaust and urged to prevent any form of hatred, atrocities and persecution in future. They referred Bangladesh liberation war in 1971 and humanitarian aspects Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.