World Radio Day

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World Radio Day is celebrated every year on 13 February across the world.

An overview of the news 

  • The day is observed every year to raise awareness among the public and media about the importance of radio and to encourage access to information through radio.

  • The theme for this 12th edition of World Radio Day - 'Radio and Peace'.

  • The theme of this year focuses on the role of radio as an independent medium of peace making. 

  • The sub-theme of the World Radio day - ‘Radio in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding’ and ‘Support to Independent Radio’.

  • The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) highlights independent radio as a pillar for conflict prevention and peace building in the world.

  • The day is celebrated with various broadcasts, online activities, community events and awards.

Background of the day

  • On 3 November 2011, UNESCO declared 13 February as World Radio Day as United Nations Radio was first established on this day in 1946.

  • It is celebrated to uphold the importance of radio as well as to encourage providing access to information through radio.

  • UNESCO coordinates the various activities of World Radio Day at the global level with the member states of the United Nations through its radio stations.

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