On February 13, the world gets together to celebrate the fifth edition of World Radio Day (WRD). On this occasion, the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) reaffirms the vital role of community radio. In times of emergency and disaster, radio has demonstrated to be a fast an effective tool to reach a vast number of people. Access to information and communication becomes even more critical in times of crisis. Community radios, because they are deeply rooted and engaged in their communities, play an important role in reassuring the population, guiding them towards available resources and creating a dialogue. These radios are agents of change; they are accessible, open, empowering and diverse.
At the invitation of UNESCO and several partners from the media sector, including the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), owners, publishers and editor-in-chiefs will meet at the UNESCO House in Paris, Friday, February 5, 2016 on the occasion of an international conference aimed at sharing best practices on the safety of journalists.
February 13 is World Radio Day (WRD), a celebration of community radio as a medium of primary importance. This Day aims to promote gender equality on the air, access to information, the development of independent media, the safety of journalists and freedom of expression. For this fifth edition, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and all the partners in the public, commercial and community media, invite you to celebrate and emphasize the importance of radio around the theme "Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster".