Category Archives: Press Releases

The Centre issues selected press statements and documents of the UN system from time to time. Often the press releases contain the messages from the Secretary-General on UN Days and the news about some resolutions/conventions adopted by the General Assembly. Press releases of last twelve issues are available at the website.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Message on Nelson Mandela International Day 18 July 2019

On this day, we pay tribute to an extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality, and one of the most iconic and inspirational leaders of our time.  Nelson Mandela exemplified courage, compassion and commitment to freedom, peace and social justice.  He lived by these principles and was prepared to sacrifice his liberty and even his life for them.

Nelson Mandela’s calls for social cohesion and an end to racism are particularly relevant today, with hate speech casting a growing shadow around the world.  As we work collectively for peace, stability, sustainable development and human rights for all, we would be well served to recall the example set by Nelson Mandela.

Our best tribute is found in actions.  Nelson Mandela’s message to the world is clear.  Every one of us can step up and act for enduring change.  We all have the duty to do so.  On this day of reflection on Nelson Mandela’s life and work, let us embrace his legacy and aspire to emulate his example.

International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2019: Honouring injured and deceased peacekeepers by Hon’ble President of Bangladesh

In commemoration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Bangladesh Armed Forces Division (AFD) jointly with Office of the UN Resident Coordinator and Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized an event to honour the fallen and injured peacekeepers on 29 May 2019. 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 Mia Seppo delivered a speech on the occasion highlighting the importance of peace missions and contribution of Bangladeshi peacekeepers, especially the female peacekeepers. She paid tribute to the fallen heroes of Bangladesh. Chiefs of three services, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign affairs, acting chief of Police, senior military officials, UNCT members were present in the event. More than 1500 participants including Armed Forces, Police and civil officials, ministers, MPs, academicians, civil society members, UN officials, diplomats and senior students attaended the programme. UNIC has played a coordination role among the organizers.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Message on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2019

A free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights.

No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power.

This is especially true during election seasons — the focus of this year’s World Press Freedom Day.

Facts, not falsehoods, should guide people as they choose their representatives.

Yet while technology has transformed the ways in which we receive and share information, sometimes it is used to mislead public opinion or to fuel violence and hatred. Continue reading

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.

   

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Message on the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, 7 April 2019

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, one of the darkest chapters in recent human history. More than 800,000 people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, but also moderate Hutu and others who opposed the genocide – were systematically killed in less than three months. On this Day, we honour those who were murdered and reflect on the suffering and resilience of those who survived.

As we renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again, we are seeing dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance in many parts of the world. Particularly troubling is the proliferation of hate speech and incitement to violence. They are an affront to our values, and threaten human rights, social stability and peace. Wherever they occur, hate speech and incitement to violence should be identified, confronted and stopped to prevent them leading, as they have in the past, to hate crimes and genocide. Continue reading

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.

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

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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