World Radio Day was first proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2011 following a proposal from Spain, with the goal of raising greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; encouraging decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as enhancing networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.
The first World Radio Day was observed on 13 February the following year, a date chosen to mark the day that United Nations Radio was established in 1946. In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to endorse World Radio Day as a UN International Day, cementing its position as a major global celebration for years to come.
The Day is organised by UNESCO and supported by the International Committee for World Radio Day, created by the Spanish Radio Academy and comprised of fifteen major regional and national broadcasting organisations. The Committee contributes to the planning and implementation of World Radio Day, and meets every year to discuss preparations for the Day.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and UNESCO are also hosting a joint live broadcast all day, which will be streamed online. Visit the ITU website for more details.