UN celebrates radio's role in building bridges

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Irina Bokova

The power of radio to connect people and strengthen understanding is being celebrated on the first World Radio Day.

13 February is the date chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In a changing world, radio still reaches the widest audience, particularly remote and vulnerable communities, says UNESCO chief, Irina Bokova:

"Free, independent and pluralistic radio is essential for healthy societies. It is vital for advancing human rights and fundamental freedoms. Today, it is not enough to communicate: we must connect people and societies more deeply. Radio is one of the most powerful bridges of respect and understanding."

World Radio Day also marks the 66th anniversary of United Nations Radio.

Duration: 25″

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