Today is World Radio Day. The day is observed every year on the 13 of February to celebrate radio as a forum for entertainment and information, as a bridge of communication for remote communities and its role in empowering people.
On this occasion UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon said, on World Radio Day, people celebrate a medium that captures the imagination and brings them together. He said, radio matters for youth across the world and this year’s observance of World Radio Day highlights the importance of radio to the world’s 1.8 billion young women and men. He said, as the international community shapes new sustainable development goals and a new global agreement on climate change, the world needs to hear the voices of young women and men, loudly, strongly and urgently.
In her message on the eve of fourth World Radio Day, Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, Irina Bokova said the day focuses on young women and men and called for greater social inclusion of the generation under 30 years old, which accounts for more than half of the world’s population. She also underlined the power of radio to contribute to this objective. She urged people to celebrate the importance of radio in people’s lives and also to ensure that radio continues to be an essential feature in the future.
Bokava said, through the dissemination of information, radio supports communities in breaking out of isolation in situations of armed conflict, political tension or humanitarian disaster. Currently, UNESCO is using radio to broadcast health emergency messages in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The day to celebrate the success of radio was first proclaimed on 3 November 2011 by UNESCO’s 36th general conference