The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO working alongside other partners such as, the Civil Peace Service (CPS/GIZ), Kenya Community Media Network (KCOMNET) and other partners, will celebrate this year’s World Radio Day on the theme: “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace” with a cultural festival including debates, presentations, stage performances and radio drama on peace.
The celebrations will be held at Ruben FM Centre, a community radio station based at Mukuru Kwa Ruben informal settlement, Nairobi County.
Approximately 40 radio stations comprising community radio stations and faith based radio stations are expected at the commemorations.
Background and context
The eighth edition of World Radio Day is marked every 13th February of the year to celebrate radio broadcast, improve international cooperation among radio broadcasters and encourage decision-makers to create and provide access to information through radio, including community radios. It is an occasion to draw attention to the unique value of radio, which remains the medium to reach the widest audience and is currently taking up new technological forms and devices.
This year’s theme aims to look at the role of radio as a tool for advocating for dialogue and democratic debate as well as how to build tolerance amongst different groups in the society. This can be achieved through programming of relevant radio content under common goals and causes for instance education, health care and gender equality and through this, contribute to peace, development and peaceful coexistence in the Kenyan society.
World Radio Day Message from UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres
Radio is a powerful tool.
Even in today’s world of digital communications, radio reaches more people than any other media platform.
It conveys vital information and raises awareness on important issues.
And it is a personal, interactive platform where people can air their views, concerns, and grievances. Radio can create a community.
For the United Nations, especially our peacekeeping operations, radio is a vital way of informing, reuniting and empowering people affected by war.
On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace.
World Radio Day Message from Ms. Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
For this World Radio Day, we celebrate the unique, far-reaching power of radio to broaden our horizons and build more harmonious societies. Radio stations from major international networks to community broadcasters today remember the importance of radio in stimulating public debate, increasing civic engagement and inspiring mutual understanding, under the theme “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”.
UNESCO encourages all countries to celebrate this day by undertaking activities and celebrate the impact radio has in pursuing a more peaceful and tolerant world.