UN endorses World Radio Day, supported by EBU

24 Dec 2012
  • 13 February is the day proclaimed by UNESCO and now endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate radio as a strong, vital and necessary medium for society. This World Radio Day aims to improve international cooperation between broadcasters and encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves.

    The EBU is part of the International Committee for the World Radio Day (WRD), constituted by agreement among the most representative broadcasting organizations that supported the implementation of World Radio Day within the United Nations Organization.

    The International World Radio Day Committee

    ABU – Asia–Pacific Broadcasting Union
    Academia Española de la Radio
    AER – Association of European Radios
    AIBD – Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development
    ASBU – Arab States Broadcasting Union
    AUB – The African Union of Broadcasting
    AMARC – World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters
    BNNRC – Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication
    EBU – European Broadcasting Union
    IAB – International Association of Broadcasting
    ITU –International Telecommunication Union
    URTI – International Radio and Television Union

    In cooperation with UNESCO the WRD Committee encourages 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. Center stage for the activities on 13 February 2013 is a web platform on which all public, private, online and community radio organizations together with radio professionals and listeners worldwide can exchange their views and support for radio. As radio is all about listening, everyone is invited to upload sound bites (one-minute maximum length) to this website and download others to broadcast them. And ‘everyone’ means everyone who wants to deliver a testimonial on radio: public radio, private radio, community radio, independent producers, listeners, fans, etc. More information on how it works: www.wrd13.com/uploads/doc/wrd13.urti.org_Functioning_EN_FR.pdf

    All radio organizations are also invited to actively ask their listeners to participate by publishing the promo banners on their website or by sharing the link on Facebook or Twitter. To download a WRD banner please click here: www.wrd13.com/press

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