World Radio Day 2016: Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster

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For the fifth edition of World Radio Day (WRD), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) invite you to celebrate and emphasize the importance of radio around the theme "Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster". This Day also aims to promote gender equality on the air, access to information, the development of independent media, the safety of journalists and freedom of expression.

This is an opportunity to enhance and promote community radio as a privileged tool for communication and access to information for people in emergency and disaster situations. To feed the discussions during this day, five key themes were identified:

  1. Radio saves lives
  2. Freedom of expression and journalists' safety should be disaster-proof
  3. Radio has social impact and provides access to information. People's right to information should be protected.
  4. Radio frequencies should be protected in times of emergency.
  5. Radio empowers vulnerable people

This day of celebration is also an opportunity to remember why we love community radio, to highlight the unique power of this medium to bring people together and to share this with the entire world..

Throughout the day on February 13, use the hashtags #WRD_AMARC, #WorldRadioDay and #RadioSavesLives to identify your posts on social networks. You can also follow the activities on Twitter and Facebook.

On February 13, let's celebrate community radio together! Join us!
Thank you for your participation!