Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) in United Nations SDG Media Compact

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is among more than 39 media organizations from across the world that have come together to form a Global SDG Media Compact aimed at advancing awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

United Nations the SDG Media Compact aimed to scale up engagement on the Goals as a founding SDG Media Compact. The SDG Media Compact aims to raise awareness of the Goals, help galvanize further action, and help hold governments to account for Agenda 2030.

In September 2018, the United Nations launched the SDG Media Compact, an initiative marking a new drive to advance awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Compact seeks to inspire media and entertainment companies around the world to leverage their resources and creative talent to advance the Goals.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (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 and UN WSIS prize winner 2016 and Champion 2017. BNNRC’s outreach extends to local, national and international forums for communicating Knowledge for Media.

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.

BNNRC is actively working to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector (Community Radio, Community TV, Community Film) & its work in and involvement with the communities. BNNRC represent the community electronic media sector to Government, Industry, Regulatory Bodies, Media, Academia and Development Partners from 2000.

Other Founding SDG Media Compact Members are: ACT, Association of Commercial Television in Europe, Association for International Broadcasting, Al Jadeed TV, Lebanon, Aljoumhouria, Newspaper Lebanon, Annahar Newspaper, Lebanon, The Asahi Shimbun America, Japan, Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcast Development, Channels TV, Nigeria, China Media Group, Daily Star Newspaper, Lebanon, Daily Tribune Philippines, Deutsche Welle, Germany, Discovery, USA, Eurasia Media Network, Azerbaijan, Eurovision Broadcasting Union,, Manama, Kathimerini, Greece, LBCI TV, Lebanon, Lebanon Files News Website, Lebanon, Naharnet News Website, Lebanon, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Japan, Nippon TV, Japan, RLL Radio, Lebanon, RRI, Radio Republic of Indonesia, SNJT – Tunisia, Sound Diplomacy, TASS Foreign Policy Desk, Russia, ThisDay, Nigeria, TV BRICS, Russia, TVC Communications – Nigeria, VDL Radio, Lebanon, Ziff Davis, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sudan Vision Newspaper, A+E Networks, USA, SBS, Australia, The Jakarta Post, Indonesia, and Fuji Television, Japan.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all 193 Member States of the United Nations in 2015 set out a roadmap to transform our world. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, the Goals) and 169 related targets that address the most urgent challenges of our time, including extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.

The SDGs clearly define the world we want – applying to all nations and leaving no person behind. While governments collectively set the Goals, they alone cannot achieve them. Achieving the SDGs by 2030 will also require concerted actions by civil society, businesses, international bodies, organizations of faith, and individuals, among other actors. Media play a particularly critical role in supporting public dialogue and enhancing knowledge on ways to support sustainable development and achieve the Goals.

SDG Media Compact Overview: The United Nations is inviting leading media organizations to join the SDG Media Compact in a collaboration aimed to scale up engagement on the Goals. Each participating media organization may define for itself – in consultation with the United Nations – how to take action under this Media Compact while upholding its own values, rules and policies. While the Media Compact does not require any specific action of participants, participating organizations commit to the principle of greater engagement and activity on the SDGs and related topics and activities in support of them. Areas, where participants may choose to take action under this Media Compact, include Content partnerships or other partnerships with United Nations entities in relation to the SDGs generally, or specific goals or topics related to the SDGs.

Increased editorial consideration of the Goals, or of initiatives and issues that help or hinder achievement of the Goals, fully respecting media organizations’ editorial independence and editorial policies. Corporate initiatives that align with the SDGs, potentially including Education of employees and other stakeholders about the SDGs. Use of corporate platforms (potentially including social media channels, events and partnerships) in ways aligned with the SDGs

Reporting on corporate initiatives that align with the SDGs at executive or board level at set intervals, or in Annual Reports. Other areas or initiatives to be established by individual media organizations, in consultation with the United Nations.

The United Nations will take action under this Media Compact by Sourcing and sharing high-value, multi-lingual media content and newsworthy opportunities relating to the SDGs on a priority basis for participating media organizations.

Making senior United Nations leaders and SDG content experts available to participating media organizations, on a priority and transparent basis, including for purposes of news reporting and, where appropriate, thought- leadership events hosted by participating media organizations.

Raising awareness of the Media Compact and, where appropriate, of participating media organizations’ corporate initiatives using United Nations platforms, potentially including events, social and digital media properties, and stakeholder engagement channels.

Hosting and publicizing a high-profile media and stakeholder launch event for the Media Compact during General Assembly week in 2018 in New York with participating media organizations.

The United Nations – in partnership with founding and future participating media organizations – will continue to assess and evolve this Media Compact through the period to 2030, to ensure it continues to support achievement of the SDGs, while also continuing to meet the needs of participating media organizations.…/sdg-media-c…/sdg-media-compact-members/

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