UNYSAB Model United Nations 2017 in Rajshahi

UNYSAB Model United Nations Conference is the largest students simulation in northern part of Bangladesh which is practiced by youths coming from all around the country and abroad as well. It is the most prominent and prestigious event organized by UNYSA Bangladesh-Rajshahi Divisional Wing where participants can gain insight into the working of the United Nations’.

UNYSAB organizes the conference with a view to promoting the idea of Model United Nations among the participants and raising consciousness among the delegates and inspiring them to take a role in creating a better future. It creates platform to educate the participants about effective communication, globalization, international relations, critical thinking, leadership skills and the ability to adapt and deal with unexpected situations, and exercise diplomacy. It also helps the participants to increase their understanding of multilateral organizations and empower their capacity to negotiate and interact in a qualified international environment.

With that intention and after attaining consecutive success for last three sessions, UNYSAB- Rajshahi Divisional Wing is back again to organize the fourth session of UNYSAB MUN. We are honored and delighted to invite you all in our signature event “UNYSAB MUN 2017”.
The conference will be taking place under the theme ‘Flourishing Youth as Resource for Contributing in SDGs through Innovation, Leadership & Social Security.’ In 2014,2015 and 2016 several delegates from home and abroad took part in the conference and played great roles as UN representatives. This year it will create a tremendous platform where 350 delegates will come together to explore their ideas regarding the theme.

We welcome you for 4 days of exhilarating discourse, pragmatic negotiations, exciting socials and unforgettable MUN experiences.

Our eight prestigious committees are:
1. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
2. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
3. United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
4. World Trade Organization (WTO)
5. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
6. Specialised Committee for Bangladesh Affairs (SCBA)
7. European Union (EU) and
8. IP (International Press)

Location:

Rajshahi

Benefits

MUNs have more practical advantages than any other form of public speaking exercise, simply because it involves so many people at once.
1. It teaches you research methodology: When I started MUNning the first and possibly the best advice I got was “Do your research well”. The sheer washout I pulled off in committee worked wonders in reinforcing the ideology that no matter what you do, have the prior knowledge pat down beforehand. Also reading through 200 page documents would seem daunting to a beginner and MUNning taught me how to skim through and identify relevant information, skills I use in my academic life all the time.
2. It teaches you teamwork: MUNs are a great way to learn how to work as a team and use the collective wisdom to your advantage. The group’s collective intelligence is always greater than the sum of it’s individual parts, and MUNs are a great demonstration of this. What you may lack in oratory skills someone else could cover and what they make lack in research you could cover up, so that in the end everyone wins.
3. It’s a good of understanding policymaking: Most people take politics and lawmaking for granted. Being immersed into the process through MUNs gives you an idea of what it really is like at the top and the psyche of our lawmakers. MUNs give a whole new perspective on analysing the world around us, the laws behind it and its socioeconomic implications.

4. Gratification: This is not really a benefit but it’s a huge morale boost. This might take some time so keep MUNning but once in a while you will get the opportunity to absolutely destroy someone in committee in the most brutal way allowable in parliamentary language. The *mic drop* feeling you get after that is what makes MUNning worth it.
* Socialising
* Soft Skills
* Discipline
* Knowledge
* Leadership

Eligibilities

Anyone can Apply

Eligible Regions: Bangladesh

APPLICATION PROCESS

Registration Information:
Campus Ambassador Registration
Apply Date: June 15-June 19

For delegate registration
Early Bird registration: BDT 2500|| Date: June 20-July 20
Regular registration: BDT 2600|| Date: July 21-August 10
Late Delegate registration: BDT 2700 || Date: August 11-August 25
For International Delegate: USD 35 || Date: July 1- July 31

For Executive Board Member Registration:
Date: July 25-August 15

Application Deadline: August 25, 2017 (67 Days Remaining)

APPLY

Café 3- Women Empowerment and Leadership

Though a lot of prominent Bangladeshi figures are women, our country still has a long way to go to achieve gender equality. Youthopia.bangla is organising a café focusing on “Women empowerment and leadership” in Bangladesh. Join Now!!!
The aim of this café is to building confidence and awareness among participants, understanding the changing role of our women in the society and guide them to claim their own space in the society.
This workshop/café will give the women participants a unique opportunity to enhance their skills and learn about –
> Assertive communication
> New dimensions of leadership
> Strategies to overcome obstacles to success
> Changing role of women in society

IMPORTANT:
• NO registration or participation FEE IS REQUIRED.
• ALL PARTICIPANTS will GET CERTIFICATES for participation at the end to this café series.
• ALL PARTICIPANTS will get the OPPORTUNITY to PARTICIPATE in a special CAFÉ focused on SDGs.
• You will enjoy a WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE, FRIENDLY COMMUNITY and HEALTY CUISINE.

Selection Criteria:
• Only women can participate in this café.
• A clear justification on how the organisation will benefit from the café.
• The participant must hold a leading position within the organisation.
• Commitment to put into practice the knowledge acquired within the organisation.
• Though any organisation can register for more than one café, the participants must be different in each event.
• Organisations registered on Youthopia.bangla website will get preference.

Registration Deadline: July 11, 2017

Contact:
Email: youthopia.bangla@gmail.com;
Facebook: www.facebook.com/youthopia.bangla
Website: youthopiabangla.org; ইয়ুথওপিয়া.বাংলা

[N.B.- A series of workshops are arranging for the youth organisations to complement their communication skills’ development with a useful networking environment. Your organisation can join more than one café. For that you need to submit individual applications for each café using the same online registration form]

DUPS 4th National Photography Festival 2017

Photography enthusiasts of Bangladesh!
Dhaka University Photographic Society (DUPS) is back with its most awaited national festival of the year. After the successful ending of the 3rd National Photography Festival DUPS is proud to present its “4th National Photography Festival 2017”.

DUPS aims to unite the innovative newcomers as well as professionals who will lead the eyes of thousands of spectators on a quest for beauty and truth, exposing their souls with tales of reality, mood & sign under a common platform. It believe in exploring your talents from own perspectives.
DUPS believes in exploring all the talents from own visual perspectives.

“Call for Photographs” is open now.

Deadlines: Photo Submission Starts: 25 May, 2017 (00:00:00 BD Local Time)
Last Date of Submission: 10 July, 2017 (23:59:59 BD Local Time)

Who Can Participate
Submission is open to all Bangladeshi photographers through the following Groups:

Group A: School and College students
All Students of schools and colleges can participate.
Theme: Your shot (Open)
Each student can submit maximum 5 photographs
25 selected photographs will be exhibited from this group
2 best photographs will be awarded

Group B: University Students
All students of university level (including National University & Medical Colleges) around Bangladesh can participate in this group.
Theme:
1. Emotion
2. Travel
3. Conceptual (manipulation is allowed)
Each student can submit maximum 5 photographs
40 selected photographs will be exhibited
Best 3 photographs will be awarded

Group C: Professionals
Any photographer who thinks himself/herself a professional (no age or educational limits) can participate in this group.
Theme: Bangladesh in modern time
Each student can submit maximum 5 photographs (from all categories)
40 selected photographs will be exhibited
Best 3 photographs will be awarded

Group D: Photo story / Series
Anyone participate in this group.
Theme: Open
Each participant can submit maximum 2 entries
Each story/ Series contains minimum 5 photos & maximum 8 photos
5 selected stories/series will be exhibited
1 story/Series will be awarded

Exhibition Calendar
Submission timeline: 25 May– 10 July 2017
Exhibition: 23 July –28 July 2017
Opening ceremony: 10am, 23th July 2017
Closing ceremony: 6pm, 28 July 2017
Venue: Gallery 5 & 6, Jatiya Chitrashala, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Awards

Winner, first runner-up and second runner-up selected from each of all the different categories will be awarded with a crest, t-shirt, souvenir, prize money and a certificate. And selected photographers will also get t-shirt, souvenir, certificate and framed photo.

For more information
DUPS Office
Ground Floor,TSC
University of Dhaka
01883909751-3
dups.du1999@gmail.com

Summer Camp 2017

Every child is an artist. Simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development . By keeping that in mind Clay station organized a 4 day long Kid friendly summer camp for the children of  5-14 age. There are 20 seats for this camp, summer wear will be provided by studio.

The ceramic Coat of Arms built and painted by each child will be fired by us and returned to the parents as keepsakes to cherish at home.

Location:

Dhaka

Benefits

Day-1:Introduction to Pottery – pinch technique, slab making, coiling technique.Build a tea cup using the techniques learned.

Day-2: Describe the Coat of Arms and teach various symbols of family values. Each symbol represents one family value.
Each kid will select 4 symbols to describe their family values and to design their own Coat of Arms.
Make Layout of color, shape and size of their Coat of Arms.
Day-3: Use the pottery techniques they have learned to build their Coat of Arms
Day-4: Paint their clay Coat of Arms and make a 2 minute presentation of what their Coat of Arms represent in terms of their family values.

 

 

Eligibilities

Any kid age ranging 5-14 years old can go to this summer camp!

Eligible Regions: Bangladesh

System to register

Pre-register to book seat for your child by paying full amount at the studio

  • Total fees 5000BDT/ per child
  • Siblings rate 4500BDT/per sibling

Application Deadline: June 11, 2017 (4 Days Remaining)

Apply

ClimateLaunchpad: The Green Business Ideas Competition

This competition is your ticket to European and global success. Provided you have a green business idea and have what it takes to become an entrepreneur.

Your idea can be an innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other way to tackle climate change.Train. Compete. Launch.

 

How it works

To enter the competition you submit an idea or innovation that can make environmental impact. We’ll help you fast track that idea into a business and bypass all possible pitfalls along the way. You’ll learn how to get your idea funded and launched.

Once you are selected to join ClimateLaunchpad, the Boot Camp and coaching sessions will help you develop your idea to a rock-solid plan. You will pitch this during your National Final. The top 3 winners of each national competition will go on to compete in the Grand Final.

Even if your idea is on the back of a napkin, you’re most welcome to join. Our National Juries select the best proposals to join the National Finals.

ClimateLaunchpad countries

In 2017 the competition is open to participants based in Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom (England: Birmingham & London), and Ukraine.

Check the submission deadlines per country.

The programme

Once you’re accepted into the competition, the games begin:

Step 1: Boot Camp
ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with a 2-day Boot Camp in your own country. Our trainers will teach you all you need to know about jumpstarting your business.

Step 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals
The Boot Camp is followed by a period of intensive coaching. You’ll perfect your pitch, value proposition and business model. We’ll make sure you are ready to rock the National Final where you get to pitch in front of your National Jury. The Top-3 of each country enters the Grand Final held in October in Limasol, Cyprus.

Step 3: Grand Final in Cyprus in October
The Top-10 competitors in the Grand Final will get direct access to the Climate-KIC Accelerator, the renowned business school where great ideas grow into great businesses. On top of that there is also prize money. The overall winner of the Grand Final receives € 10,000, the runner up gets € 5,000 and the idea that comes in third place wins € 2,500.

All other National Finalists who made it to the Grand Final get a chance to pitch their idea to the review board of Climate-KIC Accelerator. Impress them and gain access to their program.

Small print

Let us challenge you, join the competition. But before you do, we just want to make sure that you:

  • have not yet started a business or you started it less than one year ago;
  • have no substantial revenue;
  • you have attracted no more than € 200,000 in investment;
  • you have not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms.

 

Apply

Radicalisation: The Battle of Narratives and Counter-narratives

The concept of narratives and counter-narratives is now being discussed in the field of extremism and countering violent extremism. What do actually narratives and counter-narrative mean and how are they disseminated? Counter-narratives are considered as important tools to combat terrorist propaganda and narratives. The need to counter terrorist narratives seems more relevant now as the ISIS has been heavily concentrating on internet outlets especially social networking sites as sophisticated platforms to disseminate their propaganda and narratives.

Narratives are stories, visuals, or ideologies that are distributed among people to justify violence or to provoke them to commit violence, in order to achieve certain goals. The narrative has a global presence due to recent huge increase in internet users especially in social networking sites. What are the methods that are followed to spread narratives? Due to recent technological revolution, narratives are spread mainly online. ISIS has championed in the area. It circulates graphic propaganda videos where global Muslims are called to join Jihad and so-called caliphate. Local and international grievances are publicized through videos. In Bangladesh, the activists of Hijb-ut-Tahrir are often seen to distribute leaflets that contain contents against the western democracy and values. Religious gatherings like Jumma prayer, waj (Islamic gathering where teachings of Islam are discussed by Islamic scholars), etc are the critical places where hate-speeches and communal rhetoric are discussed. In Bangladesh, the discussions within female study circles are believed to be the reasons behind female radicalisation which is revealed in recent large number of arrests of female militants. Narratives may also spread through human movement. Workers from developing countries go to Middle Eastern countries for jobs; they get exposed to more conservative practices of Islam there and get in touch with different religious leaders. This makes them more susceptible to radicalisation and indoctrination abroad. Once they return home, they take back those ideologies with them and further disseminate extremist narratives to their countrymen.

Governments worldwide are trying to make counter-terrorism strategy. One component of this strategy is developing counter-narratives which will act as antithetical to extremist narratives. Positive narratives are one kind where contents are shared that promotes peace, humanity, and tolerance. For example, a simple story is sometimes very powerful to inspire humanity and tolerance. Religious counter-narratives are spread to counter religious extremist narratives in which alternative explanations of the verses from Quran and Hadith are disseminated. Stories with humor and sarcasm can also play an important role to fight against extremist narratives.

While making counter-narratives there should be coordination between content creators, social media companies, and private sector. If not designed properly, counter-narratives may backfire. Think-tanks and institutes working in the field should conduct or utilize in-depth research on the interests and behaviors of target audiences. Counter-narratives should be structured keeping in mind the differences of target audiences. Online campaigns are not adequate. It should be implemented along with offline campaigns or events. Counter-narrative development should be multi-dimensional and multi-sectoral. It should have both online and offline components targeting people from all walks of life. Counter-narratives should be structured to fit to the local context, culture and target audience. For this, while making policies, the opinions from people of grass-roots should be incorporated. Organizations working on counter narratives should consider providing platforms for frank and open discussions on issues of interest to the community. Counter narratives should be formed and delivered in a way that will improve people’s tolerance and respect for ethnic and religious minorities, and treatment of women in the society.

Creating online counter-narratives is now being considered as important tool to fight against terrorist propaganda but there still remains both a lack of understanding of how this would occur, and how such narratives could be effectively disseminated. So the challenge persists on how effectively counter-narratives are made to counter extremism worldwide.

 

Writer: Sabbir Ahmed Jubaer

Let Them Come

Jakir is standing in an underground tube station in London, England. He is a twenty-five year
old Syrian refugee. Suddenly, someone threw a bottle at him. He looked back and saw that a
young woman was shouting at him angrily, “Go back to your rotten country!”
Jakir calmly said, “I wish I could do that. But there is a deadly civil war going on in my
country.”
The woman then said, “How is that our problem? We don’t have the capacity to shelter people
like you! You come here and then you attack us! If it were upto me, I’d throw out all of you!”
Jakir: “This is your problem. When your government keeps bombing my country, it becomes
your problem.”
The woman: “Our government launches attacks to kill terrorists that your rotten country
produces! These terrorists have a vendetta against us! They have attacked us many times!”
Jakir: “If you think, only terroists die in these attacks, then you are making a huge mistake. A
drone strike killed all of my family members except me and my stister three years ago.”
Woman: “Your family must have had some sort of terrorist affiliation!”
Jakir: “I know that you won’t believe me, but there were no terrorists in my family. I don’t know
why they bombed our home but this wasn’t the only time they killed innocent civilians. This has
happened tons of times. Innocents have died in this deadly civil war because of the indifference
of the dominant forces of home and abroad.”
Woman: “But that doesn’t give you the right to come here. You are unwanted here. We have our
own problems.”
Jakir: “Let me get this straight, the battle for dominance is being fought in our backyard. The
elected representatives of your country are also fighting for dominance. We are being murdered
and you still say that we have no right to come here? We don’t want to come here! We don’t
want to leave our home! We don’t have a choice!”
Woman: “You could at least come through proper channels! Then, the government could
properly accomodate you! In stead, you come through the sea in huge numbers. We can’t
facilitate such a huge population!”
Jakir: “No country gives us visas. So, I had to go to a human trafficker seeing no other way. I
paid him selling everything we had to flee the country with my sister. Afterwards, they put us in
an overcrowded ship containing desperate Syrians looking for safe harbor! On our way to
Europe, my sister died when our ship sank! I swam to shore but I couldn’t save her! We don’t
want to come here. The path to your country is also riddled with danger! But we are helpless!
The civilized world is watching us die without doing anything! You won’t even let us enter!
Why do you even call yourselves civilized if you turn away helpless refugees?”
Woman: “Well, when you put it that way, I feel really bad. But we, the mass people, don’t know
all these details. Even if we do, what can we do?”
Jakir: “You could start by spreading the details of the situation. If people learn about the
situation, they will become more sympathetic. Then, you can pressurize the government to let
refugees in. When you have mass support, you can also pressurize your government to stop
fighting in our country. This is not an easy process. But if you really do care, you have to start
fighting. Otherwise, refugees will keep coming. Strict laws and border patrol won’t be able to
keep us out. We’ll either get in or die trying. Because that is the only chocie we have.”
Woman: “I’ll try my best. I haven’t even properly introduced myself yet! I’m so sorry! I’m
Kate!”
Jakir: “I’m Jakir. Best of luck! Remember, even if one refugee finds safe haven because of you,
you have made a huge difference! Every life matters!”
Kate: “I’ll definitely keep that in my mind!”
Six Months Later:
A group of protesters are protesting in front of the House of Commons. They want England to
accept more refugees from the war torn Syria. BBC’s Martha Rogers is reporting live on this
issue. She is talking to one of the protesters, “Why do you want Britain to accept more
refugees?”
Kate: “These refugees are suffering greatly. It is our duty as global citizens to stand beside them
in this time of great difficulty. Europe has stood tall and upheld humanity in many occasions. We
can’t fail this time either! Let them In! Let them Come!”

Writer: Tanjim Islam

Remembering The Forgotten

While traveling to a class at noon a few days back, I had to endure an unavoidable tailback of roughly one hour. One’s patience has to undergo numerous tests every day, especially if you have a ‘good’ fortune to have been born in one of the most overpopulated cities in the world, precariously on the verge of a population explosion. It seems that life is a perpetual struggle for the people of this city an everyday monotony and a vicious cycle of dissatisfaction and regret.

One of the good things about Ramadan is that we tend to exercise some self-restraint on ourselves, our attitudes and behavior. We remind ourselves that it is not okay to swear or backbite or lie, at least for a month. We become charitable and empathetic, and instead of looking away irritably whenever a beggar appears, we drop a change or two, in their outstretched palms. But then we go home, log into our respective social media profiles inundated with posts about ‘The best Iftar deals in town’ or the ‘Buy one get one free’ offers, and before long, we start planning a busy Iftar schedule full of outings and hangouts.

Around 40 villages in Cox’s Bazar have already been flooded by the incoming cyclone Mora, as we munch on our delectable ‘piyajus’ and ‘begunis’ during Iftar. While we rush off to the biggest shopping malls, these people will fight nature’s wrath, just to survive.

I   can vaguely recall an incident that remains etched across my memory till date. It was a scorching mid -summer afternoon as my mother and I were returning home by rickshaw. The sweltering heat bore down on us throughout the entire journey and my relief knew no bounds as we finally reached home after an exhausting trip. While paying the rickshaw fare, to my utter bewilderment my mother asked the rickshaw-puller to wait for a few minutes, saying she would just come back. Wondering what she had on mind, I curiously followed suit after her.

She hurriedly rushed upstairs and swiftly pulled open my father’s cupboard. Sifting through the countless shirts inside, she retrieved an old, faded shirt from the bottom of the drawer. Clutching it, she went back to the rickshaw puller waiting downstairs and gave it to him.

Later when I questioned mom she replied somberly, “All the time while sitting the rickshaw, did you for once look at the man’s shirt? It was tattered and the seams were falling apart, exposing parts of his back. Such is the grinding poverty that exists around us that a destitute man cannot even afford a bare necessity like clothing.’’

It was a simple, forgettable incident. But strangely I still remember it.

Let us not forget, that no matter how fragmented, how divided the world around us may be, even the smallest acts of kindness count. It is definitely a cruel world out there, but as long as love and humanity thrive in some hearts, it can always be a better place to live in.

 The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.’

-Dalai Lama

 

Writer: Lamia Mohsin

World Festval of Youth and Students 2017 in Sochi, Russia

19th World Festival of Youth and Students will unite 20,000 young leaders from more than 150 countries.

The WFYS aims to consolidate international youth community, strengthen international ties, as well as promote international and intercultural cooperation. One of the main goals of the upcoming Festival is shaping a common vision of the future by the young leaders from different countries, trying to articulate responses to the most pressing challenges of the generation. The main agenda of the discussion program is to encompass the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations.

The program of the WFYS 2017 involves various platforms, including panel discussions and open lectures on topical issues of youth policy and international relations, sports competitions, as well as a number of cultural and creative events. Tentatively, key issues of the event will be: «Culture and globalization», «Global economy», «Knowledge economy», «Public institutions’ development», «Politics and international security». Furthermore, each day of the Festival program will be dedicated to a particular region of the world, and its final chord will be the day of Russia.

The working languages of the Festival are the 6 official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Location:

Russia

Benefits

  • free visa (simplified regime)
  • accommodation
  • meals
  • all the facilities at the venue
  • transfer in Russia
  • unique uniforms
  • unforgettable memories

However, the airfare to the Festival venue (city of Sochi) and back shall be covered by the participant / the sending party. At the same time, the organizers are currently working to arrange charter flights to Moscow from different countries and regions of the world to make it possible to provide low fare tickets.

Eligibilities

  • Young people aged between 18 and 35-year-old.
  • Leaders of youth NPOs, young journalists, creative youth (musicians, writers, artists, directors, etc.), sports youth (leaders of student sports clubs, professional sportsmen), young workers, young IT-specialists, and engineers, young leaders of student governments, leaders of political parties’ youth organizations, young faculty members, young scientists (social studies and humanities, natural and technical sciences), foreigners learning Russian language, interested in Russian culture, etc.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

APPLICATION PROCESS

If you are a foreign citizen and you would like to participate as a volunteer, during the registration on the official website of the Festival in the field «Motivation to participate in the Festival» please specify, among other things, «I want to become a volunteer of the Festival», and briefly describe your experience, if any.

Application Deadline: June 10, 2017 (9 Days Remaining)

 

Apply