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THE WORLD RADIO DAY
FEBRUARY 13, 2012

 



 
 

Events

> New York 24 April -. During the 34th Session of the Committee on Information of the United Nations, the Press counselor of Permanent Representation of Spain to the United Nations, Ms Esther Felices, said it was important to facilitate coordination among all units of United Nations Radio. For many communities around the world radio was the only means of communication and the only way that allowed the public to be heard. Radio was an essential form of communicating, she said. It was also essential when providing relief in emergencies. However, there were still a billion people who did not have access to radio and, therefore, it was necessary to enhance support for United Nations Radio programmes by expanding its partnerships with broadcasters worldwide. Radio risked being displaced by new information mediums that States can give privilege to because of its timeliness. She stressed the need of communications, particularly to marginalized groups in developing countries, and emphasized the need to promote development though radio. Furthermore, specific programming for an International Day of Radio would encourage attention to be drawn to that very important source of media.

> "Community Media: A Good Practice Handbook" a new publication on community media by Steve Buckley, launched today to mark World Radio Day (PDF)

> Radio for the 21th century

> As World Celebrates the First World Radio Day, Community Radio Expands Dialogue on Women�s Rights in Rural Communities

> World Radio Day in London

> ICTA, SDJF to host World Radio Day Conference 2012

> Statement by the Nigeria Community Radio Coalition (NCRC), in collaboration with the Institute for Media and Society (IMS), Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and the International Press Centre (IPC) on the Occasion of the first commemoration of World Radio Day (ANGLAIS seulement)




News

> Celebrating World Radio Day: Farmers all over Africa achieve success and satisfaction from listening to their radios

> Radio: Medium for Transforming Nepalese Society

> World Radio Day 2012 Observation National Committee in Bangladesh


Community Radio Network of AMARC Salutes the First World Radio Day

Montreal, February 7, 2012. Community radio members of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) network salute the World Radio Day to be celebrated for the first this February 13th 2012. Community radios are an ever increasing worldwide tier of broadcast and an essential part of radio spectrum. They contribute from the communities to pluralistic media landscapes and to the exercise of communication rights by citizens. For further information on community radio activities for the World Radio Day, please go to AMARC Website

The decision to declare February 13th the World Radio Day was adopted by UNESCO following a proposal by the Spanish Academy of Radio and a consultation process supported by AMARC. Please find further information in the UNESCO Website and at the Official World Radio Day .

Since it was first established, radio has proven its impact and universality as a media that is available at low cost all over the world. The main objectives of the World Radio Day are, notably, to raise awareness among the public and the media of the value of radio, including in the context of new media. To encourage decision-makers to support setting-up of sustainable and accessible community radio that facilitates access to voice for the excluded and marginalised. World Radio Day should also provide a networking focus for radio proponents and practitioners worldwide, to exchange ideas, experiences and resources.

Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation



AMARC applauds the confirmation of February 13
as the World Radio Day

Montreal, November 8, 2011. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) applauds the UNESCO's decision to celebrate the World Radio Day on February 13th. See the resolution in point 13 of the agenda at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/executive-board/187th-session/main-series/

Let's recall that AMARC supported the Spanish Radio Academy's proposal to UNESCO to establish a "World Radio Day" as part of the UN calendar last June. Since its creation, radio has proven itself to be not only useful, but also the most universal media, free and accessible to the majority of the world's population.

AMARC also participated last July into a consultation process among all stakeholders to assess the feasibility of this project, process carried out by independent experts Bruce Girard and Seán Ó Siochrú, who were hired by UNESCO to manage this consultation.

The main objectives of the World Radio Day are notably to raise the understanding among the public and the media of the value of radio, including in the context of new media, and the value of actively supporting radio; to encourage decision-makers to support, establish and provide access to radio and to provide a networking focus for radio proponents and practitioners worldwide, to exchange ideas, experiences and resources.

Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation