Category Archives: UNIC Activities

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.

 

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.

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.

Bangladesh visit: End of mission statement by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

Dhaka, 25 January 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Over the last ten days, I have visited Thailand and Bangladesh, I have spoken to a range of people from Myanmar, as well as authorities, UN agencies, international experts and members of the international community. I extend my thanks to the governments of Thailand and Bangladesh, the UN Resident Coordinators in Thailand, Bangladesh and Myanmar and their staff, and the Senior Coordinator of the Inter-Sector Coordination Group in Cox’s Bazar and his team. I also thank Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh for allowing me to visit Bhashan Char and generously providing the logistics for me to travel there with my team. FULL STATEMENT

 

MESSAGE OF UN SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EDUCATION – 24 JANUARY 2019

Today we celebrate the first International Day of Education.

Education transforms lives. As United Nations Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai once said: “one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world”. Nelson Mandela rightly called education “the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Long before I served at the United Nations or held public office in my own country, I was a teacher. In the slums of Lisbon, I saw that education is an engine for poverty eradication and a force for peace.

Today, education is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We need education to reduce inequalities and improve health.

We need education to achieve gender equality and eliminate child marriage.

We need education to protect our planet’s resources. Continue reading

70th Anniversary of UDHR: Human Rights Day Celebration – Short Film Festival, Discussion and Drama

Dhaka, 9 December 2018: To mark the Human Rights Day and 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations in Bangladesh in association with Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS), with support from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the German government, organized a two-day long “Human Rights Short Film Festival 2018” from 8 to 9 December 2018 at Bangladesh Shishu Academy Auditorium, Dhaka. The theme of the festival is “Finding Bangladesh and South Asia in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 70 years later”.

On 9 December 2018, H.E. Mr. Peter Fahrenholtz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangladesh, Ms. Mia Seppo, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, and Mr. Mostafa Sarwar Farooki, Film maker, Mr. Sanjeeb Drong, Representative of Bangladesh Human Rights Forum, Mr. Aung Rakhine, Film maker, and Rashedul Hafiz, Lifetime Member, Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) graced the closing and the award giving ceremony of the film festival. They also joined a panel discussion on “Promoting and protecting human rights through film and other media – celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UDHR” with. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Abdul Quayum, Associate Editor, Prothom Alo.  Continue reading