On 13 February 2019, UNESCO will celebrate the 8th edition of World Radio Day.
This day marks a time where people around the world celebrate radio and how it shapes our lives.
Radio informs, transforms and unites us. It brings together people and communities from all backgrounds to foster positive dialogue for change.
More specifically, radio is the perfect medium to counter the appeals for violence and the spread of conflict, especially in regions potentially more exposed to such realities.
On that basis, World Radio Day 2019 will celebrate the theme of “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”.
Broadcasts that provide a platform for dialogue and democratic debate over issues, such as migration or violence against women, can help to raise awareness among listeners and inspire understanding for new perspectives in paving the way for positive action.
Radio programming can also build tolerance and surpass the differences separating groups by uniting them under common goals and causes, like ensuring education for one’s children or addressing local health concerns.
The idea of World Radio Day was first proposed by Spain’s Radio Academy in 2010. The following year, in 2011, UNESCO declared the first World Radio Day.
February 13 was chosen to mark World Radio Day, coinciding with the anniversary of the United Nations Radio, the United Nation’s international broadcasting service which was established on February 13, 1946.
World Radio Day was first celebrated in 2012, following its declaration by the UNESCO General Conference.
It was subsequently adopted as an International Day by the United Nations General Assembly.