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A Journey through Images: Bangladesh and the United Nations

The early years

Headquarters of the United Nations General Assembly The New York City Building Flushing Meadows, New York USA

Leaders of major allied World War II powers meet at Yalta, Russian Crimea, on 12 February 1945, to decide on military plans for the final defeat of Germany.
Present were Josef STALIN of the Soviet Union, Winston CHURCHILL of the United Kingdom, and Franklin ROOSEVELT of the United States

First session of the United Nations General Assembly 10 January 1946 London, England

Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, addresses the General Assembly

Original Manuscript of the Preamble to the United Nations Charter

United Nations Flag Approved by General Assembly's Legal Committee October 1947

Members of the Security Council rise in silent tribute to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of India, who was assassinated earlier that day, 20 January 1948

The United Nations General Assembly meets in an openair session to commemorate the Organization's Fourth Anniversary and to dedicate the cornerstone of the Permanent Headquarters. From the rostrum at the foot of the new structure, President Harry S. Truman, addresses the gathering

The 1970s

Flags of Bangladesh, Grenada and Guinea-Bissau raised at Ceremony at United Nations Headquarters 17 September 1974

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman


Prime Minister of Bangladesh addressing the UN General Assembly

Children from the village of Ishwardi wait the unloading of high protein food donated by UNICEF and flown in by the International Red Cross

Ziaur Rahman, President of Bangladesh calls on Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim

The 1980s

The 36th General Assembly elects Ismat T. Kittani (Iraq) as President. Faced with the unusual situation of a tie vote on the second ballot, the Assembly elected Mr. Kittani over Khwaja M. Kaiser (Bangladesh) by drawing lots

Humayun Rasheed Choudhury


President of the 41st Session of the UN General Assembly

Javier Perez de Cuellar, UN Secretary-General addressing 41st UN General Assembly regular session. At the podium are: Humayun Rasheed Choudhury, UNGA President; and William B. Buffum Under-SecretaryGeneral for Political and General Assembly Affairs

January 1980

Security Council fails to adopt call for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in a 13 to 2 vote. The text was sponsored by Bangladesh, Jamaica, the Niger, the Philippines, Tunisia and Zambia

The 1990s

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

Aida GONZALEZ
(Mexico)

Salma KHAN
(Bangladesh) Chairperson

Angela KING
UN Special Adviser

Ayse Feride ACAR


(Turkey)

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, 1993


Bimal BHIKKHU, a Buddhist monk from the Chakma tribes of the Chittagong Hill tracts of Bangladesh, addressing the General Assembly

Begum Khaleda ZIA


Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh addresses the opening of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing

Sheikh HASINA
Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh addresses guests at celebratory meeting marking 25th anniversary of UN membership

United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) peacekeepers from Bangladesh teaching a Cambodian army soldier how to deactivate mines

Refugees at Teknaf are among the estimated quarter of a million returning to Myanmar from Bangladesh

2000 and Beyond

A United Nations police officer from Bangladesh carries polling material during the second round of the Presidential election in Timor-Leste

UN pays special tribute to 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Muhammed Yunus

A medical officer with the Bangladesh Military contingent attends to a local patient at the way-station for Dinka Bor internally displaced persons en route to Bor, Lologo, Sudan

Samina Naz, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations introducing the draft resolution on "the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World"

Secretary-General Kofi Annan plants a tree in the gardens surrounding the National Martyr's Memorial at Savar, which honors the memory of the three million Bangladeshis who died in the struggle for independence

The Secretary-General expresses condolences to the wife and child of a Bangladeshi soldier killed while in United Nations service

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon laying wreath at the National Martyr's Memorial at Savar, Dhaka in November 2008.

UN secretary General Ban Ki Moon in conversation with a beneficiary of UNDPs Comprehensive Disaster Management Project in Nischintopur, Shirajganj.

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