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Panel Discussion and Prize Distribution for International Women’s Day Mobile Photo Contest

Dhaka, 22 May 2019: In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, the UN in Bangladesh organized a Mobile Photography Contest which had been ended with a panel discussion followed by the award giving ceremony on 22 May. The concluding event was arranged in cooperation with Dept of Women of Gender Studies, University of Dhaka.

In the panel discussion- Chief Guest, the Hon’ble Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury (Nowfel), MP and special guest Ms Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh shared their views on innovation for equality and change while panelist Prof. Dr. Sadeka Halim, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Dhaka focused on gender and research issues.

Ms Sabina Yesmin, Staff Photographer, Daily Prothom Alo and Mr Nurul Islam Hasib, General Secretary, Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Bangladesh (DCAB) focused on the challenges and opportunities of women in media sectors.

The photo contest winners were awarded with prizes and certificates. The top 20 contestants, students of University Dhaka, youth groups, volunteer organization and clubs of different university took part in the programme and Q/A session. The session was moderated by  National Programme Analyst, UNV Bangladesh. The event was organized by UN in Bangladesh and collaborated by UN Women, UNFPA, UNV and UNIC Dhaka.

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.

   

Envisioning sustainable future through addressing global challenges: Chittagong University Model UN conference organized

Chittagong, 27 January 2018: Youngsters are required to develop their leadership and communication skills for shaping a sustainable future through addressing global challenges. Model United Nations (MUN) is a platform to learn and develop the skills of negotiation, diplomacy, leadership, public speaking, writing and communication, based on them a four-day long Model UN conference was organized, in southeastern part of Bangladesh, by Chittagong University Model UN Association (CUMUNA) with the strategic partnership of UN Information Centre, Dhaka.

Four hundred delegates assembled in the Chittagong University Model UN conference 2019 at the University during the period of 24 to 27 January 2019. There were ten committees in the UN simulation. Vice-Chancellor of Chittagong University oped the CUMUN on 24 January, UNIC National Information Officer flagged different UN issues like Sustainable development Goals (SDGs), youth engagement, UN4MUN and UN career in the concluding day. All the delegates were provided with a set of UN publications.

International Women’s Day: Panel Discussion

Dhaka 11 March 2018: A panel discussion was organized at United International University (UIU) campus in Baridhara with the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – “Time is Now: Rural and Urban activists transforming women’s lives”. To mark the Day, UNV Bangladesh, UNIC Dhaka jointly with UIU arranged the panel discussion. The Vice Chancellor of UIU Prof. Dr Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman presided over the session while UNDP Deputy Country Director Ms Kyoko Yokosuka formally opened the event putting emphasis on women empowerment and upliftment of women’s life mainly in rural areas. Continue reading

Tribute ceremony held in Mali for four fallen Bangladeshi peacekeepers

This morning, Tuesday, March 6, a memorial ceremony was held in Bamako for four fallen Bangladeshi peacekeepers who were killed in the line of duty on February 28, in the Mopti region of Mali.

Warrant Officer Abul Kalam Azad, Corporal Mohammad Akter Hossin, and soldiers Mohammad Rayhan Ali and Jamal Uddin were killed when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device on the Boni-Douentza road. During the same attack four other peacekeepers were seriously injured.

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) Mr. Mahamat Saleh Annadif and the MINUSMA Force Commander General Jean-Paul Deconinck were present at the ceremony held at the MINUSMA Operational Base in Bamako.

      

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Bangladesh: Three Decades of Service and Sacrifice in UN Peacekeeping Missions

United Nations peacekeepers come from diverse cultures and speak different languages, but share a common purpose: the protection of vulnerable communities and the provision of support to countries struggling to move from conflict to peace.

Bangladesh is one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations, the country first deployed uniformed personnel to serve with the Organization in 1988. Over the past three decades, the contributions of these brave men and women in the countries in which they serve have been immense.

As of December 2017, there were 7,246 Bangladeshi troops and police personnel in 10 missions around the world. Bangladeshi peacekeepers work in various roles – some provide protection, heal others and design roads – but all serve under the blue flag to support the governments and peoples of the countries in which they serve.

This year marks 30 years of Bangladeshi contributions to United Nations peacekeeping. We acknowledge and appreciate their brave contribution.

  

 

International Day of Peace: Children Art Contest and Rally

In observance of International Day of Peace, UNIC Dhaka jointly with Dhakabashi organization and National Federation of Youth Organizations in Bangladesh (NFYOB) organized a Children Art Contest and Rally respectively at Hazaribagh Community Centre and Hazaribagh Park area on 21 September 2017. The events were focused on theme of peace day – ‘Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All’. President of Dhakabashi organization, local community leaders and Head of UNIC Dhaka spoke on the occassion and emphasied on establishment of peace in the current international situation, especially refugee and migrant issues and Rohinga influx into Bangladesh. Prizes were awarded by UNIC Dhaka among winners of art contest from Mars Laboratory School, Bangladesh Cadet School, Rifles Public School. Later a rally was organized with the participation of students and community leaders.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Message for the 100-Day Countdown to the International Day of Peace, 13 June

Upon taking up my duties as Secretary-General in January of this year, my very first act was to issue an appeal for peace — a call on citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to put peace first.

The International Day of Peace, observed every year on 21 September, embodies our shared aspiration to end the needless suffering caused by armed conflict. It offers a moment for the peoples of the world to acknowledge the ties that bind them together, irrespective of their countries of origin. It is a day on which the United Nations calls for a 24-hour global ceasefire, with the hope that one day of peace can lead to another, and another, and ultimately to a stilling of the guns.

Yet there is more to achieving peace than laying down weapons. True peace requires involves building bridges, combating discrimination and standing up for the human rights of all the world’s people.

That is why this year’s theme for the International Day of Peace is: “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”, focusing in particular on the plight of refugees and migrants throughout the world.  Our obligation as an international community is to ensure that everyone forced to flee their homes receives the protection to which they are entitled under international law.  Our duty as a human family is to replace fear with kindness. Continue reading

International Day of UN Peacekeepers commemorated in Bangladesh

In commemoration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Bangladesh Armed Forces Division (AFD) and Office of the UN Resident Coordinator with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly organized a number of events to honour the fallen and injured peacekeepers on 29 May 2017. Mr. Abdul Hamid, Honourable President of Bangladesh spoke on the occasion as chief guest at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) and handed over crests to the injured peacekeepers, and family members of deceased peacekeepers who lost their lives for the cause of world peace and humanity. The UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Robert Watkins delivered a speech on Continue reading