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World Radio Day

13 February

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. 

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    Celebrations in 2020

    On World Radio Day 2020 (WRD 2020), UNESCO calls on radio stations to uphold diversity, both in their newsroom and on the airwaves. 

    This edition of WRD is divided into three main sub-themes: 

    • Advocating for pluralism in radio, including a mix of public, private and community broadcasters;
    • Encouraging representation in the newsroom, with teams comprised of diverse society groups;
    • Promoting a diversity of editorial content and programme types reflecting the variety of the audiences.

    All material is copyright free and may be used to promote World Radio Day

    TO BROADCAST: MESSAGE FROM THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL

    Video message by H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, on the occasion of the World Radio Day 2020.

    Click here to see the video message in English.

    Download the transcript message : 

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    TO BROADCAST: MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL

    "On this World Day, we celebrate the power of radio to reflect and promote diversity in all its forms".

    — Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Radio Day

    Download the written complete message : 

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    Broadcast the audio message in English: