[FoME] Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication RECEIVED TWO UN WSIS CHAMPION PRIZES 2019

AHM Bazlur Rahman ceo at bnnrc.net
Fr Apr 12 11:04:28 CEST 2019

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Community Radio related two Initiatives of Bangladesh NGOs Network for
Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has recognized as Champions in UN World
Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) Prizes 2019.

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Chairperson of Board of Trustees of Bangladesh
NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) and Executive Director of
COAST Trust & AHM Bazlur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of BNNRC  have
received the  two UN WSIS champion certificate from Mr. Houlin Zhao,
Secretary-General of UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on
Tuesday 9 April 2019 at a ceremony at Geneva International Conference
Centre, Switzerland as part of the annual UN WSIS Forum 2019. International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced 90 Champions of the prestigious
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes contest while the 18
Winners, out of these 90 Champions.

H. E. Mr Mustafa Jabbar, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and
Information Technology and Chairman of the 10th UN WSIS Forum, Mr. N M
Zeaul Alam, Secretary for Information and Communication Technology
Division, Mr. Md. Jahurul Haque, Chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication
Regulatory Commission(BTRC), H.E. Mr. M. Shameem Ahsan, Ambassador & PR
of Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in Geneva, Mr. T I M Nurul Kabir, Mr.
Reza Salim, Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor of A2I, where present the

The champions projects are Climate justice and resilience through Community
Radio at coastal areas of the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh, Supported by the
COAST Trust, Bangladesh. https://bnnrc.net/climate-justice-resilience/ &
Creating Awareness on Right to Information (RTI) through Community Radio,
Supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF),

UN WSIS Prizes is a unique international contest developed in response to
requests from the WSIS stakeholders to create an effective mechanism to
evaluate and recognize individuals, governments, civil society, local,
regional and international agencies, research institutions and
private-sector companies for outstanding success in implementing
development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs as an
enabler of the development. WSIS Prizes has been recognizing remarkable
efforts made by entities and organizations from around the globe that focus
on accelerating the socio-economic progress of the whole world as a
community. The contest was held for the first time in 2012 and rapidly
gained attention and popularity within the ICT for Development (ICT4D)

Building upon the outcomes of the United Nations General Assembly Overall
Review on WSIS as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the
WSIS Prizes 2016 reflect close linkages with achieving the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs). The WSIS Prizes contest serves as the platform
for identifying and showcasing the success stories across the WSIS Action
Lines defined in the Geneva Plan of Action and SDGs. It also provides us
with models that can be replicated in the interests of empowering the
community at the local level, providing everyone with an opportunity to
participate in the contest and, most importantly, recognizing the efforts
made by stakeholders to contribute to the development of society and their
commitment to achievement of both the WSIS goals and SDGs.

BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC) accredited with World Summit on the Information Society
(WSIS) of the United Nations. BNNRC’s approach to media development is both
knowledge-driven and context-sensitive, and it takes into account the
challenges and opportunities created by the rapidly changing media
environment in Bangladesh including community radio development giving
voices for the voiceless.

It would be mentioned that BNNRC won the WSIS Award in 2016 as the winner
and champion of 2017. BNNRC has been chosen for this award on account of
its creative thinking, critical analysis, strong leadership and exceptional
innovation of community media sector contributing towards voices of the
voiceless people in rural Bangladesh.




AHM. Bazlur Rahman-S21BR | Chief Executive Officer |

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)

[Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations]

*Research Fellow*, Shaping the Future of Media, Information  & Entertainment

in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution(4th IR)

House: 9/4 Road: 2, Shaymoli, Dhaka-1207| Bangladesh|

Phone: +88-02-9130750| 9101479 | +88 01711881647

Fax: 88-02-9138501 | ceo at bnnrc.net | bnnrcbd at gmail.com |

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