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Message of the UNESCO Director-General | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Message of the UNESCO Director-General | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Radio Hacktive (Fr-Es-En) |

World Radio Day celebrates a medium that has transformed the way we communicate and that remains at the forefront of the 21st century. On 18 December, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the 2011 resolution adopted by the UNESCO General Conference, proclaiming 13 February as World Radio Day, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946.

The birth of radio in the 19th century ushered in the era of modern communication. The world has changed dramatically since then, but radio has hardly aged a day. It remains widely accessible, relatively cheap and very simple to use. It is still the medium that can carry any message to any place at any time – even without electricity. In situations of conflict and natural disaster, shortwave radio provides a lifeline of information that can save lives.

Radio has embraced the digital revolution to expand its power and reach. Across the world, the cost of broadcasting is decreasing and the number of radio stations is increasing. Citizen journalists and community media are using online radio stations to give voices to those who are rarely heard. More than ever, radio remains a force for social change, by sharing knowledge and providing a platform for inclusive debate.

In a world changing quickly, UNESCO is committed to harnessing the full power of radio to build bridges of understanding between peoples, to share information as widely as possible and to deepen respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially freedom of expression. This is essential for good governance, open societies and sustainable development. 

This is why UNESCO works to protect the safety of radio journalists across the world and to support free, independent and pluralistic media, along with the necessary legal frameworks and democratic institutions.

UNESCO is also determined to make full use of community radio to address poverty and social exclusion at the local level and to empower marginalized rural groups, young people and women. Radio is a key platform for education and for protecting local cultures and languages. It is also a powerful way to amplify the voices of young people around the world on issues that affect their lives. We must bolster their skills and give them opportunities to engage fully with radio.

Radio has transformed our past -- it remains a powerful force for shaping a more peaceful, more sustainable and more inclusive future for all. This is UNESCO’s message for World Radio Day.

Irina Bokova

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15 ideas on how to celebrate World Radio Day 13/02 | UNESCO

15 ideas on how to celebrate World Radio Day 13/02 | UNESCO | Radio Hacktive (Fr-Es-En) |

Help broadcast the message of UNESCO’s Director-General on World Radio Day in all public, private and community radio. (Forthcoming)

Broadcast messages from World Radio Day supporters including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and UNESCO Artist for Peace, the renowned Panamian pianist and jazz composer Danilo Pérez.

Produce a radio programme or public service announcement on one of UNESCO’s themes for World Radio Day 2013 to be broadcast repeatedly on 13 February 2013.

Organize and broadcast World Radio Day themed debates and discussions with media stakeholders (broadcasters, policy-makers, academics, legal community).

Organize phone-in radio shows so listeners can discuss the importance of radio and share memories of great moments in radio history.

Interview local, regional and national radio personalities on World Radio Day.

Share recordings of your radio show and other World Radio Day themed broadcasts on UNESCO’s World Radio Day SoundCloud page. (Forthcoming)

Diffuse our collection of sound bites on famous UNESCO moments. (Forthcoming)

Diffuse UNESCO’s “Did you know that…” audio series on interesting radio facts. (Forthcoming)

Display and distribute Free and Open software for radio programming and scheduling through UNESCO’s Open and Free Source software portal.

Display and distribute radio training courseware from UNESCO’s Radio Production on Open Training Platform.

Display and distribute free UNESCO products about broadcasting
Publications on Community Media
Publications related to media and information literacy
Publications related to the safety of journalists
Publications produced or sponsored by UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector

Join the National Commission for UNESCO in your country to facilitate celebrating national events.

Encourage newspapers/radio/television website editors to place a banner on their sites during World Radio Day on 13 February.

Celebrate World Radio Day with the Children’s Radio Foundation, the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) or local community radio associations.

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