Bangladesh Consultation on AMARC10: 10 th World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters

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AHM Bazlur Rahman
Dhaka

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. BNNRC promoting the advocacy with the government in relations to community radio with other organizations since its emergence. The objective of the Community Radio intervention is to address crucial social issues at community level, such as poverty and social exclusion, empower marginalized rural groups and catalyze democratic processes and ongoing development efforts.

Bangladesh Consultation on World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) 10th World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters will be held at LGED Meeting Room, Level – 4, Sher- e – Bangla Nagor, Dhaka 1207 on 23 October 2010 at 11: 00 AM -1:00 PM.

Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Honorable Secretary, Ministry of Information, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh has kindly consented to be present as Chief Guest in the Bangladesh Consultation on 10th World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters.

Dr. Akram H. Chowdhury, Honorable MP and Chairperson, Center for e-Parliament Research will moderate the consultation. Mr. S.M. Shameem Reza, Associate Professor of Mass Communication and Journalism Department, University of Dhaka will present a paper based on Community Radio so far in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Consultation will organize by Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) with support from UNICEF – Bangladesh through Empowering Communities: Strengthening and Building Capacity of the Community Radio in Bangladesh project.

The focus of the consultation is Recovering Memory Building the Future: Community Radio and Poverty Reduction, Social Inclusion, Good Governance and Sustainable Human Development.

More than 400 community broadcasters and stakeholders from over 110 countries and all regions of the global community radio movement will gather at the AMARC 10 Global Conference from 8-13 November La Plata, Argentina 2010, among other issues, improve good practice in community media; explore strategies to facilitate the establishment of enabling legal environments for community media development, to define knowledge sharing and capacity building models for action-research and mentoring; to reinforce content development leading to social change; to facilitate the inclusion of women and; to encourage the empowerment of communities through appropriation of community radio for social justice and sustainable, democratic and participatory human development.

The Global Conference will be under the sign of recovering memories and sharing knowledge and accumulated experiences of the Latin American community radio movement with Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and North America and, at the same time to define how can AMARC and the community radio global movement present in more than 120 countries increase the effectiveness of its interventions.

The overall theme of the Bangladesh Consultation will be the progress of community radio in Bangladesh. There are both challenges and opportunities to establish community radio in Bangladesh. Lots of initiatives are under processing and hopes there are 14 Community Radio Station will go on air very soon.

Distinguished Member of Parliament (MP), Policy–Makers and Representatives from Government, Media, Academia, CSOs, and Corporate Sector are expected to join the Bangladesh Consultation on 10th World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters.

Outputs of Bangladesh Consultation will share with global communities in AMARC10: World Conference of Community Radio Broadcasters 8-13 November La Plata, Argentina 2010.

We invite you to join our Struggle for Strengthening and Building Capacity of the Community Radio Sector in Bangladesh.

Bazlu
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AHM. Bazlur Rahman-S21BR
Chief Executive Officer
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)
[NGO in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council]
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Head, Community Radio Academy

House: 13/1, Road: 2, Shaymoli, Dhaka-1207
Post Box: 5095, Dhaka 1205 Bangladesh

Phone: 88-02-9130750, 88-02-9138501
Cell: 01711881647 Fax: 88-02-9138501-105
E-mail: ceo@bnnrc.net www.bnnrc.net

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