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 →
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.
Dhaka, 29 January 2019: UNIC Dhaka with the cooperation of Dhaka University Model UN Association, ASA University Bangladesh, Daffodil International University (DIU) and Hope Multimedia marked the ‘International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust’ through a Poster Exhibition and Panel Discussion at UNIC library on 29 January 2019. The Poster exhibition was jointly opened by Prof. Dr. Farhana Helal Mehtab, Dean, Law Faculty of DIU and Ari Gaitanis, Sr. Communication Advisor of UNRC Office. Around 25 students and guests from three universities took part in the panel discussion and Q/A session which was moderated by UNIC National Information Officer Dr. Md. Moniruzzaman. The speakers and students expressed their solidarity for the victims of holocaust and urged to prevent any form of hatred, atrocities and persecution in future. They referred Bangladesh liberation war in 1971 and humanitarian aspects Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.
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.
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
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.
Engaging youth in peace initiative an an important area for United Nations and Bangladesh, keeping that in priority a three-day long international model UN conference was organized by Daffodil International University (DIU) Model UN Association in association with United Nations Bangladesh and knowledge support by UNIC Dhaka during 17 to 19 January 2019 at the University campus. More than 250 delegates from different educational institutions and a number of guests from different organizations took part in the MUN conference. The conference was opened by former Bangladesh Ambassador to United States and Vice-President of Bangladesh Enterprises Institute H.E. Ambassador Humanyun Kabir. Among others, Chairman of DIU Md. Sabur Khan, UNRCO Sr. Communication Advisor Ari Gaitanis, UNIC NIO Dr. Md. Moniruzzaman and Pro-Vice Chancellor of DIU Prof. Dr. SM Mahbubul Hoque Mojumder spoke in the inaugural session. The theme of the conference was ‘Engaging youth for initiating world peace through peace dialogue’ and eight committees were worked during three days. The event was broadcast live through campus TV and FB page.
Join ILO, the specialised UN agency for the world of work, to celebrate its 100th anniversary throughout 2019. The ILO was founded in 1919 on the belief that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace. This centenary will offer an opportunity not only to look back and celebrate the ILO’s history and achievements but also to look forward to its future #ILO100