The Silk Road Global News Awards is launched and organized by the Belt and Road News Network (BRNN), whose council chair is the People’s Daily. It has been included in the List of Deliverables for the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

The awards include six categories: the In-depth Reporting Award, Commentary Award, Press Photo Award, Press Video Award, Short Video Award on the Fight against COVID-19 and Special Contribution Award. The awards, designed to become a professional, authoritative, and globally influential news showcase, encourages media outlets in countries along the Belt and Road to learn from each other and pool their strength together. By recognizing the best news items, the awards highlight the stories of the Belt and Road and amplify the voices of countries and peoples along the Belt and Road, so as to promote high-quality joint construction of the Belt and Road.