World Radio Day was celebrated across the globe on Thursday hailing the importance and value of radio.
In the Twitter message, UNESCO said: “13 February is #WorldRadioDay! Let's celebrate today the power of radio to promote diversity in all its forms!”
Origins of World Radio Day
Following endorsement of a UNESCO proclamation, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2012 declaring 13 February World Radio Day. The date marks the establishment of United Nations Radio in 1946.
Radio is considered as a method for teaching individuals, transporting data and promoting the opportunity of expression across global cultures. It is an important medium of information that connects people across the globe.
Radio offers a wonderful display of diversity: Guterres
In a message for World Radio Day 2020, celebrated on Thursday, UN Secretary General, António Guterres highlighted how the pioneering medium celebrates diversity and contributes to global peace.
“Radio offers a wonderful display of diversity in its formats, in its languages, and among radio professionals themselves. This sends an important message to the world”, the UN chief said.
“As we strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and tackle the climate crisis, radio has a key role to play as a source of information and inspiration alike.”
Radio fosters dialogue for change
As UNESCO observed, radio is uniquely positioned to bring communities together and foster positive dialogue for change. It remains a vital component of some UN field operations as they help countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace.
A handful of peacekeeping missions either have or are supporting stations, such as Radio Miraya at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Said the Secretary-General: “On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the enduring power of radio to promote diversity and help build a more peaceful and inclusive world.”