UN to promote awareness campaign on World Radio Day

UN announces to observe international day for Radio on 13th Feb
NEW YORK: United Nations announced to promote awareness campaigns of the usage of radio which commonly provides a medium on a global level regarding political, economic and democratic discussions.
UN had decided to observe the World Radio Day at the 36th meeting of UNESCO. In the conference, it was made a consensus to observe a world Radio day on February 13. For World Radio Day 2020, UNESCO has called on radio stations to uphold diversity, both in their newsroom and on the airwaves. 

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a message on World Day said that radio is a powerful medium that brings people together.

“Radio brings people together. In an era of rapid media evolution, radio retains a special place in every community as an accessible source of vital news and information. But radio is also a source of innovation that pioneered interaction with audiences and user-generated content decades before they became mainstream,” he said.

The UN chief said that radio offers a wonderful display of diversity in its formats, in its languages, and among radio professionals themselves.

“This sends an important message to the world. As we strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and tackle the climate crisis, radio has a key role to play as a source of information and inspiration alike,” he added.

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UNSG also called for recognising the enduring power of radio to promote diversity and help build a more peaceful and inclusive world.

The purpose of celebrating the World Radio Day is to highlight the importance of radio between the public and the media in order to encourage decision-makers to access information through Radio.
The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution during its 67th meeting demanding that February 13 be celebrated as an International day for Radio every year.
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