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Bangladesh PM to open the ABU Media Summit on Climate Change and DRR

Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Bangladesh Prime Minister, will inaugurate the 3rd ABU Media Summit on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. The Summit will be hosted by Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 10 – 12 May 2017. The registration for the Summit is now open at 

Over 300 imminent experts and media practitioners from around the globe will join the Summit to develop practical projects to put media at the heart of education for climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness.

Even more importantly, the Summit will adopt the Dhaka Declaration. This will be an Action Plan for ABU members to prepare their stations and staff to fulfill the most important public mandate of radio and television – to save lives and prepare audiences for future disasters through timely, quality programmes that reach all members of the society.

The Dhaka Declaration and Action Plan will be tabled at the Global Platform on DRR in Cancun, Mexico, 24 – 26 May, on behalf of the Media Stakeholder Group for DRR, which is lead by ABU. This is a global campaign of world broadcasting unions to acknowledge at UN level media as a key player in dissemination of information and education on DRR.

An exciting part of the Dhaka Summit will be the Gala Awards on 11th May 2017, which will announce the winners of the 2017 ABU Awards on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. Please send your station’s entries for the radio and TV categories at by 15 April 2017.The Rules and Form of Entry for the competition can be found at


Join the conversation in Dhaka for practical solutions for climate change and disaster preparedness and put your organisation on the world map for saving lives and livelihoods. For more information, contact