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 2017.

Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Chairperson of Board of Trustees of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has received the UN WSIS Prizes 2017 Champion from Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Tuesday 13 June 2017 at a ceremony at Geneva International Conference Centre, Switzerland as part of the annual UN WSIS Forum.

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, has recognized at a ceremony at Geneva International Conference Centre(GICC).

The champions projects are: Community Broadcasting Library (CBL) for Access to Information and Knowledge in Bangladesh, Project is supported by Free Press Unlimited & European Union.  & English Language through Community Radio in Rural Bangladesh, Project Supported by American Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh

UN WSIS Prizes honor outstanding projects that leverage the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to accelerate socio-economic development. Besides the highlighted relevance of the project to the respective WSIS Action Line as referenced in the Geneva Plan of Action, the selection process was based on the project’s impact on the community and linkages with the Sustainable Development.

345 ICT success stories from around the world were nominated for the Online Voting Phase (30 March – 30 April) following a comprehensive review by the Expert Group of 467 submitted projects submitted by the UN WSIS Stakeholder community. Based on the results of the intensive Online Voting Phase, which saw over 1.1 million votes cast by WSIS stakeholders, a selection of winning projects was made by the Expert Group.

The eighteen winners will go on to win WSIS Prizes 2017 and will be presented with an award at the WSIS Prizes ceremony during the WSIS Forum 2017, 12-16 June 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. At the same occasion, 72 WSIS Prize 2017 Champions (first four runner-up projects in each category) has recognized during the special ceremony dedicated to their success and will receive special certificates of achievement.