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ABU supports World Radio Day 2013

13 February 2013 is the day proclaimed by UNESCO and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate radio as a strong, vital and necessary medium for society.

World Radio Day 2013 aims to improve international cooperation between broadcasters and encourage major networks and community radio to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves.

The ABU is part of the International Committee for the World Radio Day (WRD), constituted by agreement among the most representative broadcasting organisations that supported the implementation of World Radio Day within the UN and other international bodies.

In cooperation with UNESCO the WRD Committee encourages all countries to celebrate World Radio Day by planning activities in partnership with regional, national and international broadcasters, NGOs, the media and the public.

Center stage for the activities on 13 February 2013 is a web platform on which all public, private, online and community radio organisations together with radio professionals and listeners worldwide can exchange their views and support for radio. As radio is all about listening, everyone is invited to upload sound bites (one-minute maximum length) to this website and download others for broadcast.

More information on how it works is at

All radio organisations are also invited to ask their listeners to participate by publishing the promotional banners on their website or by sharing the link on Facebook or Twitter.

To download a WRD banner please click here:

The International World Radio Day Committee consists:

ABU – Asia–Pacific Broadcasting Union
Academia Española de la Radio
AER – Association of European Radios
AIBD – Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development
ASBU – Arab States Broadcasting Union
AUB – The African Union of Broadcasting
AMARC – World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters
BNNRC – Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication
EBU – European Broadcasting Union
IAB – International Association of Broadcasting
ITU –International Telecommunication Union
URTI – International Radio and Television Union