Bangladesh launches first programme for Celebration of 70th Anniversary of UNESCO
In an Inter-Ministerial meeting headed by Hon’ble Minster for Education and Chairman, Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO (BNCU), on 21 January 2015 at BNCU, a series of progarmmes throughout the year have been envisaged to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of UNESCO in Bangladesh.
With prominent 70th Anniversary Logo on the backdrop of a double unit book stall has been set up at Ekushey Granthamela (Book Fair) at Bangla Academy as part of the celebration programmes. Mentionable, Ekushey Book Fair at Bangla academy is one of the greatest book fairs in the world which enjoys the gathering of hundreds of writers, publishers and book-lovers. In this month-long (February) book fair literally millions of people from all over the country and also from abroad come to visit and purchase books. This year, the book fair has been expanded to accommodate more stalls on the occasion of four day International Literary Conference at the same venue where scholars from Germany, France, Belgium and India have come to attend. BNCU stall stands in front of the historic Bardhaman House at Bangla Academy premises in cooperation of UNESCO Dhaka and Bangla Academy. UNESCO publications, posters, leaflets, photos, relevant certificates etc are exhibited in the stall.
The Book Fair and Literary Conference have been inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina on 01 February, 2015. By this time, Honourable Minister for Education, Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid MP, Bangladesh Representative to UNESCO Executive Board, Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam, Permanent Delegation of Bangladesh to UNESCO and Ambassador of Bangladesh to France Mr. Md. Shahidul Islam and thousands of people have visited the stall and shown their keen interest on UNESCO publications. The event is expected to attract huge media coverage in the coming days which will culminate on 21 February, the International Mother Language Day declared by UNESCO on November 17, 1999.