13 February world celebrate as a World Radio Day. Current year, marks the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of the world radio day and more than 110 years of radio.

Theme for 2021 World Radio Day is, “New World, New Radio”. The theme highlights the services provided by the radio amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • World Radio Day was proclaimed by the members of UNESCO in the year 2011.
  • World Radio Day was adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2012 as an International Day.

Why this day is celebrated?

The UNESCO highlights that, the radio is a powerful medium to celebrate humanity. UNESCO constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. Radio is one of the most widely consumed medium around the world. It has the ability to reach to a wide audience. It also has the ability to shape the society’s experience of diversity.  Thus, to mark the significance of the Radio, World Radio Day is observed.

Backdrop

The agenda of observing the day was first put forward by a Spanish Radio Academy on 20th September 2010. Spain proposed that UNESCO Executive Board should include an agenda item to proclaim the day. Following the request, UNESCO’s Executive Board added the agenda item in its provisional agenda to proclaim the day on 29th September 2011.

Then it carried out a wide consultation in the year 2011 in which 91 per cent people were in favour of the project. The move was also supported by

  • Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
  • Arab States Broadcasting Union
  • African Union of Broadcasting
  • Caribbean Broadcasting Union
  • European Broadcasting Union
  • International Association of Broadcasting

Thus, the executive board recommended UNESCO ( United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to proclaim a World Radio Day at the 36th session.

13 February World Radio Day