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UNESCO DG Wants World Challenges Tackled Thru Radio
By Catherine B. Nyenkan
MONROVIA, February 13 (LINA) - The Director General of the UN Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokovia, has called on the world to nurture the power of radio to foster conversations and listening needed for cooperation to tackle the challenges facing humanity.
Bokovia said at a time of turbulence radio provides an enduring platform to bring communities together.
She added: “On our way to work, in our homes, offices and fields, in times of peace, conflict and emergency, radio remains the crucial source of information and knowledge spanning generations and cultures.”
The UNESCO Director General statement was contained in her official message to the world on the observance of World Radio day.
World Radio Day is an annual United Nations event that promotes the importance of radio in communicating information worldwide.
The day is observed annually on February 13 as a day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe.
World Radio Day was proclaimed UNESCO's 36th General Convention on November 3, 2011 after the day was originally proposed by the Kingdom of Spain.
Bokovia said Radio gives voices to women and men everywhere, adding, "It is a force for human rights and dignity and a powerful enabler of solutions to the challenges all societies face.
“In tackling new challenges, in responding to climate change, in countering discrimination, radio can provide an accessible and real time medium to bridge divides and strengthen dialogue,” Bokovia noted.
The UNESCO boss urged broadcasters, regulators, and audiences around the word to nurture and make the most out of the power of radio.