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.
- Prize giving to photo contest winner
- A participant is making question to panelist
- Hon'ble Deputy Minster for Education
- Group photo with prize winners
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.