International Mother Language Day

21 February 2015
Student's presentation at the event

In celebration of International Mother Language Day, UNIC Dhaka, UNESCO Bangladesh and Daffodil International University (DIU) jointly organized a seminar, exhibition, cultural show and drama exhibition at DIU auditorium on 21 February.  

UNESCO Representative in Bangladesh Ms. Beatrice Kuldun was the chief guest while Prof Dr. Lutfar Rahman Vice-Chancellor of DIU presided over the session. The Pro-VC of DIU Prof Dr. Golam Rahman spoke as guest of honour and UNIC Officer-in-Charge M Moniruzzaman delivered a lecture as special guest. Language researcher Prof Dr. Begum Jahan ara of Dhaka University delivered a key-note speech. 

UNESCO Programme Officer Kizzy Tahnin read-out the chief guest’s statement. All the speakers expressed their solidarity to victims of the language movement who lost their lives during 1952. A cultural event and drama on the mother language movement was staged before the audience. 

The programme received huge media coverage. Seven newspaper clippings and total twenty four TV channels covered the event.

Panchtatva: Celebrating Nature’s harmony

18 February 2015

“A wonderful evening of spectacular music was in store for the Delhi crowd as Panchtatva celebrated the last of its five all-India concerts which started in Mumbai, and then went to Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and now Delhi,” said Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman, UNIC Director. “They carried off an absolutely magical evening depicting the five elements of nature, taking the understanding of climate change and the effects of human impact on the environment”, she noted. The five elements are: “Aakash (Space), Vaayu (Wind), Agni (Fire), Jal (Water) and Prithvi (Earth)”.  

Conceived by Durga Jasraj, together with Neeraj Jaitley, Panchtatva is an immersive experience through a spectacular combination of specially designed Animation and Visual Effects along with Soundscapes, and the use of Shlokas from the Vedas (scriptures). “Panchtatava is a musical extension of our dynamic Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s call for action for Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan” said Durga Jasraj. “We firmly believe that each one of us can contribute in our unique way and hence we decided to roll out a Concert tour to spread awareness through entertainment, which will leave a lasting impression on people’s minds”. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India, Aditya Birla Group, and the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC) supported this endeavour.

This was really is a unique presentation wherein Musical Superstars -- Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Rashid Khan, Selva Ganesh, Taufiq Qureshi, Rattan Mohan Sharma, Ankita Joshi, Sridhar Parthasarathy, Ramkumar Mishra, Subhankar Banerjee and Durga Jasraj, performed together and the public just kept asking for more.

World Radio Day: There’s need to hear voices of young women and men – Ki-moon

16 February 2015

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has observed that ‘as the international community shapes new sustainable development goals and a new global agreement on climate change, we need to hear the voices of young women and men loudly, strongly and urgently.’

This observation was part of his message on World Radio Day shared by the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Oluseyi Soremekun during a live discussion on Radio Continental 102.3 FM Lagos. The discussion which centred on ‘Youth and Radio’, involved secondary school students and experienced but young broadcasters. 

‘This year’s observance of World Radio Day’, the Secretary General said further, ‘highlights the importance of radio to the world’s 1.8 billion young women and men.

Responding to a question on the reason for the World Radio Day, Soremekun explained that it was about celebrating radio, why we love it and need it more than ever before. He added that World Radio Day was also meant to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and to strengthen the voices of youths on radio.

Anchored by an ace broadcaster, Bukola Ajiboye, the live radio programme also featured a guest broadcaster, Ayo Arogundade and generated quite a number of feedbacks from listeners who tweeted and called in on phone to contribute.

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Partnering with Police and CSOs to ensure peaceful elections

16 February 2015

The National Information Officer (NIO)of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, has assured of the Centre’s continued collaboration with the police authorities, the civil society organisation and other key stakeholders for the success of the democratic process, especially the March 2015 general elections in Nigeria.

He gave this assurance while presiding over a roundtable dialogue between the Lagos State Police Command and the leadership of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) from all the local government areas and development councils in Lagos State. The dialogue which centred on improving police and youth relationship for a violence-free elections in Nigeria, also had in attendance, representatives of NYCN affiliate organisations.

At the end of the parley, the Lagos State Command represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ken Nwosu reiterated its commitment to maintenance of law and order and protection of lives and property during the elections and pledged to assist the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring violence-free elections in Lagos State. 

He urged youth leaders to caution their members against any act that is capable of breaching public peace, insisting that the police would remain neutral in the discharge of their duties.

While acknowledging the efforts of the police in maintaining law and order in Lagos State, the leader of the youth delegation who is also the South-West Coordinator of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr Kayode Odunuga, also called on the police to exercise restraints when dealing with youths during the elections.

In his contribution, the Executive Director of African Youth Initiative for Crime Prevention (AYICRIP), Mr Chris Ibe urged the youth and the police to seize the opportunity of the dialogue to foster a cordial relationship that would transcend the period of the elections.

A communique was drafted, adopted and issued at the end of the meeting. 

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