Category Archives: UNIC Activities

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.

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.

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.

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 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:

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.