World Radio Day
Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD).
Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.
CELEBRATIONS IN 2021
On the occasion of World Radio Day 2021 (WRD 2021), UNESCO calls on radio stations to celebrate this event’s 10th anniversary and the more than 110 years of radio.
This edition of WRD is divided into three main sub-themes:
- EVOLUTION. The world changes, radio evolves.
This sub-theme refers to the resilience of the radio, to its sustainability ;
- INNOVATION. The world changes, radio adapts and innovate.
Radio has had to adapt to new technologies to remain the go-to medium of mobility, accessible everywhere and to everyone;
- CONNECTION. The world changes, radio connects.
This sub-theme highlights radio’s services to our society—natural disasters, socio-economic crises, epidemics, etc.
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New World, New Radio (WRD 2021 official Soundtrack)
To celebrate the 10th edition of World Radio Day, Chapelier Fou created a new song around this year's theme, "New World, New Radio."
This original participatory work is an authentic signature of the artist recognized on the international electro scene. It was composed of radio contributions from around the world.
TO BROADCAST: MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL
"More than ever, we need this universal humanist medium, vector of freedom. Without radio, the right to information and freedom of expression and, with them, fundamental freedoms would be weakened, as would cultural diversity, since community radio stations are the voices of the voiceless."
— Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Radio Day
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- Report 2020 from Academia Española de la Radio: available in English and Spanish.
- Resolution adopted by the General Assembly
- UNESCO Resolution
- UN website about this day
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