The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is celebrating World Radio Day on 13 February. The theme of this fourth edition is ‘Youth and Radio’, and the goal is to promote greater participation of youth in radio, not only as listeners, but as producers and broadcasters.
“Young women and men are not sufficiently represented in the media – an exclusion that often reflects a wider social, economic and democratic exclusion,” explains UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “Young producers and broadcasters are still rare. Too few programmes are devoted to or designed by young people.”
- UNESCO at its 36th General Assembly on 3 November 2011 proclaimed 13 February as World Radio Day. The first World Radio Day was officially celebrated in 2012.
- UNESCO is using radio to broadcast health emergency messages in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.