The World Radio Day is observed on every February 13 to celebrate radio as a medium to access and promote information. Once initially proposed by the Kingdom of Spain, UNESCO proclaimed the World Radio Day on November 3, 2011, in its 36th General Conference.
“Radio is You!” is the theme for the 2017 edition of the World Radio Day. The UNESCO’s theme for last year’s World Radio Day was “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster.”
A signature event will be held in Shanghai, China with the support of the European Broadcasting Union and the Shanghai Media Group as part of the 2017 celebrations. The events will include a radio-related discussion full day with some of the leading figures in Chinese and global media. Also, a special Chinese New Year concert will be held, dedicated to the Day.
The World Radio Day was first celebrated in 2012 and later was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly as an International Day. Previous themes have included radio in humanitarian and disaster situations, gender equality, and youth participation.
More than 380 World Radio Day events were held in more than 80 different countries as a part of the celebrations held in 2016. In India, an Indian social organisation, Outreach, will organise a three-day ‘Radio Fair’ in Bhubaneswar between February 12 and 14.
The radio community calls for greater participation of communities and audiences in the planning of radio broadcasting, this year. On this day, radio stations can promote World Radio Day events on the UNESCO map of activities and register for World Radio Day on their official website.