World Radio Day 2016
This year, the UNESCO theme for World Radio Day is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”. Radio still remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide, in the quickest possible time.
Through World Radio Day celebrations around the world, UNESCO will promote radio in times of emergency and disaster, and put forward the following messages:
- Freedom of expression and journalists’ safety should be disaster-proof.
- Radio empowers survivors and vulnerable people, whose right to privacy is to be respected.
- Radio has social impact and provides access to information. People’s right to information should be protected even in times of emergency and disaster.
- Radio saves lives.
- The immediate accessibility of radio frequencies is essential to saving lives. These frequencies should be protected so they are available in times of emergency.
On 13 February, international broadcasters will broadcast live on UNESCO’s dedicated website, www.worldradioday.org.
Through National Commissions for UNESCO Field Offices and partner organisations, World Radio Day will be celebrated worldwide. UNESCO will also provide copyright free articles, audio and video messages from opinion leaders, celebrities, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors related to radio for use by broadcasters on World Radio Day.
UNESCO invites all countries to celebrate World Radio Day by planning activities in partnership with regional, national and international broadcasters, non-governmental organizations, national authorities, the media and the public.
World Radio Day 2015
World Radio Day will be celebrated on February 13, 2015. It’s a global celebration of radio as a medium, and
as this year’s theme is “Youth and Radio”, it’s a great opportunity to plan a youth-focused event or activity. Here
are some ideas to get you started, both on the day and in the months leading up to it.
Instead of dictating the discussion, we believe it’s crucial to ask young people about the issues that are important to them, but here are some ideas for topics related to youth and radio that you might want to discuss:
- The future of radio and the challenges and opportunities brought about by new technologies, especially given the early adoption of these by young people
- How to improve participation of young people in the radio sector
- Radio for youth: Youth-focused programmes
- Radio with youth: Programmes involving young people in the production team
- Radio by youth: Programmes produced by youth, for youth
- The elimination of stereotypes and prejudice in the portrayal of young people in the media
- Improving the security of young journalists, especially freelancers and fixers in conflict and disaster zones
- The impact of young people on community radio (education, acculturation, coverage of conflicts not being covered by the wider media, emergency and humanitarian crises, etc)
- The link between the accessibility of information through radio amongst young people and the sustainable development of communities
See more at worldradioday.org
World Radio Day 2014
13 February is World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.
As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. It is an ideal channel to further UNESCO’s commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Through World Radio Day celebrations around the world, UNESCO will promote gender equality by:
- Sensitizing radio station owners, executives, journalists, and governments to develop gender-related policies and strategies for radio;
- Eliminating stereotypes and promoting multidimensional portrayal in radio;
- Building radio skills for youth radio production, with a focus on girls as producers, hosts, reporters;
- Promoting Safety of women radio journalist
We invite all countries to celebrate World Radio Day by planning activities in partnership with regional, national and international broadcasters, non-governmental organizations, the media and the public. On 13 February, let’s celebrate women in radio and those who support them!
- Message of United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
- Message of UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova (PDF)
- World Radio Day website
Celebration in Brazil: