Category Archives: UNIC Activities

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

16 Days Activism in Bangladesh: #Hear Me Too

Dhaka, Tuesday 27 November 2018: 16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2018, UN Bangladesh organized a day-long events at UN Office premises at IDB Bhaban on 27 November 2018.

The events include oath taking of UN staff members led by UNRC, flying balloons, experience sharing by champions, photo session, street drama  #HereMeToo. Mia Seppo, UNRC in Bangladesh opened the session when a number UN heads of agencies and UN staff members were present. The events were facilitated by UN Gender Thematic Group (GETG) and the UN Communication and Advocacy Group (UNCAG).

UN Day Celebration: Rally, Panel Discussion, Quiz and Art Contest

Dhaka, 23 October 2018: In observance of UN Day, UNIC Dhaka jointly with Dhakabasi Organization and National Federation of Youth Organizations of Bangladesh organized a panel discussion, quiz contest, art contest and rally at Central Public Library auditorium/premises. Prof Dr Muhammad Samad, Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Dhaka opened the art contest as chief guest. The events were focused on Sustainable Development Goals in Bangladesh. The speakers including chief guest, president of Dhakabashi organization, local community leaders and UNIC National Information Officer spoke on role of young people to implement SDGs in Bangladesh. The school students took part in the events and prizes were awarded among the winners of art and quiz contests. A rally was organized with the participation of students.

UN Day Art Contest and Panel Discussion at Academia School

Dhaka, 22 October 2018:  In celebration of UN Day, a panel discussion and art contest on UN and SDGs was organized at Academia School auditorium. The Panelists were Ms. Sarwat Zeb, Chairperson, Academia and Ms. Touhida Sultana, Vice Principal, Academia, M. Aktaruzzaman, Country Manager UN-Habitat, Aktar Uddin Program Analyst, UN Volunteer Bangladesh, Santu Saha, Artist and M. Moniruzzaman, National Information Officer, UNIC Dhaka. The event was arranged under the coordination of UN Communication and Advocacy Group and organized by UNIC and Academia. The panelists focused on engagement of youth in implementation of SDGs in Bangladesh. Youth volunteerism can play an important role in developing community and society. An art contest on Sustainable Development Goals was organized with the participation of young students. UNIC Dhaka distributed prizes among the winners. The students took part in question answer session. Knowledge products and promotional materials were distributed among all the participants.

Message of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the International Day of Non-Violence 2 October 2018

On the International Day of Non-Violence, we recognize the enduring vision and wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi, whose birthday we also celebrate today.

At a time of protracted conflicts and complex challenges, Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence remains an inspiration. At the United Nations, a world free of violence — and the resolution of differences through non-violent means — is at the core of our work.

At a time when inequality is on the rise and a fair globalization is an imperative, we also recall Gandhi’s commitment to social justice.

And in a period when the world is striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, ensure gender equality and leave no one behind, Gandhi’s commitment to human dignity can light our path. Continue reading

Lecture session on SDGs, UN Structure and functions, and Volunteerism

Dhaka, 19 September 2018: UNIC Dhaka has organized a lecture session on SDGs, volunteerism and humanitarian activities for the young students of Dhaka University at UNIC meeting room on 19 September 2018. The Country Focal Point of UNV Bangladesh Aktar Uddin spoke on the occasion on volunteerism and volunteer career opportunities for young people of Bangladesh while UNIC National Information Officer highlighted on SDGs and structure, function and humanitarian activities of United Nations. The various services of UN Information Centre also described before the students. The students took part in question answer session. A UN video song on humanitarian works was screened before the audiences.