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Regional WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016-2018, Asia and Pacific

ICT Projects and WSIS Action Line Related Activities in Asia and Pacific

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Following the publication of the WSIS Regional Stocktaking series for the period 2014-2016 and its popular reception within the WSIS community, we have prepared new edition of the WSIS Regional Stocktaking with the special focus on how ICTs are helping advance the Sustainable Development Goals on the ground. Our objective is to have a customized reporting by region (based on six ITU regions distribution) that will be considered as a strong reference point to good ICT practices implemented by the different stakeholders (government, private sector, civil society, academia, international organizations, others), generating social impact, partnerships, replicable examples, and advance the achievement of the SDGs.

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Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content

In Bangladesh, the NGOs Network for Radio and Communication initiated the programme Capacity Building, Lobby and Advocacy to Contribute to Community Media Development and Fellowship for Women Journalists. The project’s activities were concerned with fulfilling the objectives of contributing to a more diverse and pluralistic media environment. Increasing access to information for citizens in the rural areas of Bangladesh, with a special focus on marginalized communities (women and Dalits) was also a main focus to achieve these goals. The specific and expected outcomes for the programme during this period (January–June 2017): Improved enabling environment for the community media in terms of legislation and towards access to information and the right to information. The access, participation and voice of women and marginalized groups in public media have increased community radio’s ability to fulfil a watchdog role and hold local authorities accountable in achieving the SDGs, through monitoring their actions (SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 16). The above concerns would contribute to achieving the common objective of a strategic partnership project, i.e. media and journalists, as independent players in civil society constitute a diverse and professional information landscape and function as catalysts for change.

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