UNESCO Announces Theme for 2019 World Radio Day Celebration

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that it will celebrate “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace” as the theme to commemorate the 8th edition of World Radio Day coming up February 13, 2019.

In a statement released by the organization, UNESCO said: “this day marks a time where people around the world celebrate radio and how it shapes our lives. Radio informs, transforms and unites us. It brings together people and communities from all backgrounds to foster positive dialogue for change. More specifically, radio is the perfect medium to counter the appeals for violence and the spread of conflict, especially in regions potentially more exposed to such realities”.

The theme for 2019 is all about the impact of radio in pursuing of a more peaceful and tolerant world as a force for civic participation and development as well as for celebrating humanity in its diversity.

The organization is excited to celebrate radio’s critical function, by providing a platform for radio stations, and listeners alike, to construct their programmes and conversations around dialogue, tolerance and peace.

Highlighting the importance of radio, UNESCO said Radio can be an excellent platform for dialogue and civic participation that allows different perspectives on conflicting issues to be shared, so as to raise awareness, inspire understanding and pave the way for positive action.

Radio has the power to bring the population together by stimulating public debate on common issues of concern. Focusing on common causes, people can raise above their difference and work together to address common concerns.

UNESCO invites all radio stations and supporting organizations to join the celebration on 13 February for World Radio Day 2019.