World Radio Day marks the anniversary of the first broadcast by UN Radio in 1946, when it transmitted its first call sign: "This is the United Nations calling the peoples of the world."
World Radio Day is about celebrating radio, why we love it and why we need it today more than ever. A day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe. Join the celebration!
U N I T E
D N A T I O N S N A T I O N S U N I E S
THE SECRETARY- GENERAL
MESSAGE ON WORLD RADIO DAY
13 February 2015
On World Radio Day, we celebrate a medium
that captures the imagination and brings people together.
This year United Nations Radio, along with
the United Nations, celebrates its 70th anniversary. Every year, United
Nations Radio broadcasts over 1,200 documentaries, news items and editorials over
This year’s observance of World Radio Day
highlights the importance of radio to the world’s 1.8 billion young women and
Radio matters for youth across the world.
As the international community shapes new
sustainable development goals and a new global agreement on climate change, we
need to hear the voices young women and men, loudly, strongly and urgently.
Live global broadcast, exhibitions, demos, hackathon, debates, features highlight theme: Youth and Innovation in Radio.
World Radio Day will be marked at ITU in Geneva on 13 February. The event will be broadcast live around the world from 17:00 to 20:00 in the Popov Room in ITU’s Tower Building.
Tentative Programme of World Radio Day in Geneva: 13 February 2015
- EBU RadioHack (hosted by ITU)
In ICT Discovery. Kicks off 12 February 14:00 – 22:00; re-starts 13 February 08:00 – 14:00
- 14:00 – Invited guests tour exhibition in Popov Space
- 14:30 – Technical session on radio and innovation + demos of devices + Hackathon Report
- 16:55 – Guests are seated in Popov Hall
- 17:00 – MC (BBC correspondent Imogen Foulkes) opens programme
- 17:05 – Pre-recorded Feature: UN Radio at Work
- 17:10 – Panel debate: ITU Secretary-General, UNESCO Deputy Director General, UNOG Director General, EBU Director General
- 17:30 – News desks around the world
- 17:35 – Broadcast of UNESCO radio feature on "Youth and Radio"
- 17:40 – Key findings of Hackathon and Demos of new trends in radio
- 18:00 – WRD Radio broadcast goes LIVE with time signal and BBC news
- 18:05 – ITU Feature on Radio and Innovation
- 18:25 – Broadcast of radio feature produced by UN Radio
- 18:30 – News desks around the world
- 18:45 – Discussion on 'Video didn't kill the Radio – Internet will breathe new life into it'
- 19:00 – Live link to BBC programme: World Have Your Say
- 19:10 – UN Jazz Ensemble international World Radio Day Concert