UN REACH (Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger) is a partnership between FAO, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO created to assist governments of countries with a high burden of child and maternal undernutrition to accelerate the scale-up of food and nutrition actions. Together with five donors, (EU, DFATD Canada, DFID, USAID and World Bank), UN REACH released a Common Narrative on undernutrition in order to assist the Government of Bangladesh, development partners, civil society and others in setting clear policy and programme goals and monitoring progress towards common targets. One of the document's key messages is to make nutrition a top national priority, since reducing undernutrition will lead to increased economic growth and enhance social equity. The report includes recommendations for the Government and for development partners on how to scale up nutrition in Bangladesh.
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UN CONCERNED ABOUT KILLING OF BLOGGER OYASIQUR RAHMAN BABU
The UN in Bangladesh expresses its abhorrence at the brutal killing of Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, which is part of a worrying trend of attacks against online activists. While noting the on-going police investigation, the UN is concerned that this brutal murder contributes to a reduction in the freedom of expression and opinion in the country.
Robert Watkins, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Bangladesh
The Bangladesh the UN country team (UNCT) consists of representatives from 19 UN agencies, funds and programmes, UNIC and UNDSS convened under UN Resident Coordinator (RC). The UNCT meets at regular intervals, generally once each month, under the chairmanship of the UN Resident Coordinator to discuss and decide on issues of common interest. Heads of Agencies are responsible for overall oversight and policy decisions for their respective agencies and the UNCT meetings serve as a forum for inter-agency discussions aimed at optimizing and harmonizing the UN System’s synergies at country-level. The UNCT is supported by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, UNDAF Pillars, UNDAF M&E Group and any other inter-agency thematic groups as required.
International Women’s Day is observed on the 8th of March every year. It is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. This year’s theme, "Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It! envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
As part of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Ms. Shirin Akhter, Founding President of Karmojibi Nari and a current Member of the Parliament in Bangladesh, discusses the role of women in the economy . Read More
Dhaka, 04 December 2014
International Volunteer Day 2014
On International Volunteer Day 2014, we not only celebrate volunteerism in all its facets – but also pay special tribute to people’s participation in making a difference locally, nationally and globally. IVD 2014 highlights the contribution of volunteers in engaging people from the grass-roots in decision-making processes, ultimately creating space for participation that leads to: stronger governance, social cohesion, peace and sustainable development. On this day volunteers receive both recognition and the opportunity to showcase their successful stories to a wider audience and also motivate more people to involve themselves in voluntary activities in their own communities. Read More
Dhaka, 01 December 2014
Human rights 365
On 10 December every year, Human Rights Day commemorates the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”
This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.
In 2014 the message from Human Rights 365 is unequivocal: the UN Human Rights Office stands by its mandate and stands with the millions of men and women globally, who risk their all for human rights. Read More
Dhaka, 25 November 2014
16 Days of activism against gender violence
Sixteen days between 25 November until 10 December is observed worldwide to raise awareness to prevent violence against women and girls.
It is called the ‘16 days of Activism against Gender Violence’ (also known as 16 days campaign or 16 days of activism).
The 16 Days of Activism begins on 25 November, which has been declared an International Day Against Violence Against Women.
This Year, UN Secretary General’s global campaign to end VAWG-UNiTE has chosen the theme for the campaign as – “Orange Your Neighbourhood” in 16 Days. UNiTE is also promoting to observe every 25th day of the month as Orange Day to prevent VAWG.
Government, UN, international and national NGOs, academic institutions, media are arranging different events across the country to observe 16 days campaign. Pillar 7 of the UNDAF lead by UNFPA and UN Women compiled a calendar of events to share with everyone.
The calendar would enable interested audience to participate public events of different organizations.
Dhaka, 20 October 2014
UN Day 2014: 7 Plays, 7 Divisions, 7 MDGs
Every year on 24th of October, the United Nations globally celebrates UN Day, the founding of the United Nations. Marking the 69th birthday of the UN, the annual celebration offers a chance to recognize the invaluable contributions of the organization to global peace and development. This year in Bangladesh, UN Day spotlights the contributions of different UN agencies to achieving the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Dhaka, 29 September 2014
Reach partnership in Bangladesh tables nutrition with the Speaker of Parliament
On 22 September 2014, the UN REACH Partnership - led by the Heads of FAO, UNICEF and WFP and a senior WHO official on behalf of the WHO Representative - met with the Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, to call further attention to the nutrition situation.
Dhaka, September 2014
UN and Bangladesh Celebrate 40 Years of Partnership
The Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina marked the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh’s membership to the United Nations at the Osmani Memorial
Auditorium on 17 September 2014. The program was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka and the United Nations in Bangladesh.
The UN in Bangladesh commemorated the day through a ten meter long exhibit tracking 40 years of UN and Bangladesh relations, highlighting key milestones
of this partnership. It was placed at the Sufia Kamal National Public Library premises (former Bangladesh Central Public Library, Shahbag, Dhaka) following the event. It will remain on the premises until UN day celebrations on October 24, and will be open for viewing by the general public.
On 24 October, the United Nations in Bangladesh celebrated 'UN Day', which is observed every year to mark the founding of the United Nations. The UN in Bangladesh recognises the important of youth in development and as such made 'Youth for Development' the theme for UN Day 2013
As part of the global and national consultations for the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations in Bangladesh submitted our own report to feed into the global conversation. In partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, the report was prepared through the national consultations conducted in Bangladesh and written from a UN perspective.
The annual observance of a day honouring United Nations Peacekeepers was established by UN General Assembly Resolution 57/129 in 2002. The event pays tribute to the men and women who served in UN Peacekeeping operations and recognizes their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage. The event also honours the memory of those who gave their lives for the cause of peace.
Dhaka, 14 May 2013
UNDAF Steering committee
On 14 May 2012, the UN System together with the Government of Bangladesh reviewed the first year implementation of the common operational plan United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) Action Plan 2012-2016. The UNDAF is a programme framework document for the UN System. It is a single framework that represents UN System’s substantive results as well as indicators to measure achievements.
Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, visited Bangladesh from 10 to 13 May 2013 at a request of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. During his stay in Dhaka, Mr. Fernandez-Taranco met with the Prime Minister, the Chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the House Speaker, the Foreign Minister, the Chief Election Commissioner, leaders of major political parties, and as representatives of civil society and the media.
From 1-4 May, a high level delegation of the ILO, led by Deputy Director General for Field Operations and Partnerships, Mr. Gilbert Houngbo, visited Bangladesh to convey the solidarity of the ILO with those affected by these tragic events, the partners from government, labour, and industry, and to the nation as a whole. The Mission engaged with the tripartite partners and other stakeholders to identify what needs to be done to prevent any such future tragedies.
Dhaka, 25 April 2013
MY World global survey –your chance to tell us about the world you want to live in!
MY World is a unique global survey led by the United Nations and partners. It aims to connect the global public’s views and priorities for a better world with global leaders’ dialogues as they begin the process of setting the next global development agenda. The MY World survey asks you to select six of sixteen key priorities that are most important to you and your family. Tell us about the world youwant, because your voice matters (click here)
During the summer of 2010, the UN System worked closely with the Government of Bangladesh to undertake a comprehensive joint assessment of Bangladesh’s MDG status and progress. The results are documented in the ‘MDG Progress Report 2011’ published by the General Economics Division (GED), Bangladesh Planning Commission. Given the scope and results of the assessment, the UN Country Team agreed that a separate UN Common Country Assessment (CCA) would not be required. The assessment thus served as Bangladesh’s country analysis, identifying key development challenges, as the first step in the UNDAF process.