On 13 February 2020, THE GHANA NATIONAL
COMMISSION FOR UNESCO joins the world in celebrating World Radio Day.
World Radio Day is a global event that is marked on the 13th
of February every year. Following a UNESCO proposal, it was endorsed by the
United Nations General Assembly in December 2012 to coincide with the
anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Radio in 1946. This day
is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of radio and how it
positively impacts on millions of lives every day. It is also a day to
celebrate radio as a medium of communication, to improve international
cooperation among broadcasters and to encourage major networks and community
radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression.
The theme for World Radio Day 2020 is ‘’Radio and
Diversity’’. Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its
diversity. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium.
This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can stand as a
platform for all voices to speak out, be represented, and heard. Radio stations
should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs and
content and reflect the diversity of their audiences in their workforce and
On World Radio Day,
let us come together to create the necessary awareness about the importance of
promoting diversity in radio, both in the workforce and broadcast at national and global level.