It’s World Radio Day

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is interviewed by UN Radio

Today is World Radio Day.

The decision to declare 13 February as World Radio Day was adopted by UNESCO.

This celebration marks the day in 1946 when the newly-founded United Nations decided to establish and launch UN Radio.

In a message to mark the occasion, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that from short-wave to FM to satellite transmission – radio connects people wherever they are. He pointed out that in conflict situations and times of crisis, radio is a lifeline for vulnerable communities.

“Radio is both valuable and cost-effective. From day one, the United Nations has been using radio to reach the peoples of the world. UN Radio sheds light on all issues on the United Nations agenda – from sustainable development … to the protection of children … to peacekeeping and conflict prevention.”

The main objectives of the World Radio Day are notably to raise the understanding among the pubic and the media of the value of radio, including the context of new media, and the value of actively supporting radio.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’11″

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