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UNESCO Beirut and UNIC bring together five radio channels in Lebanon to mark together World Radio Day

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14 February 2019
On 14 January 2013, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of World Radio Day. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 13 February, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946, as World Radio Day.
UNESCO Beirut and UNIC bring together five radio channels in Lebanon to mark together World Radio Day

Radio has been widely recognized by the UNESCO as a low-cost and powerful communication tool to reach out to all people, even the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, including persons with disabilities, women, youth and the poor. Radio has also proven to be an important medium of communication that offers a platform for all people, irrespective of their age, race, class or educational level, to contribute to public debate and intervene on issues that affect them most.

This year’s World Radio Day theme is “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”. It celebrates radio as a platform for dialogue and democratic debate, and as a powerful medium that can build tolerance and surpass the differences separating groups by uniting them under common goals and causes.

Against this backdrop, UNESCO Beirut, in partnership with the United Nations Information Center in Beirut (UNIC), launched a one-of-a-kind initiative this year to mark World Radio Day in Lebanon. On the invitation of UNESCO and UNIC, five major radio stations in Lebanon joined hands to celebrate together World Radio Day (WRD) in a special talk-show. The show, hosted by Mr George Awad, Programme Specialist of the Communication&Information Sector at UNESCO Beirut, featured an interactive discussion between radio anchors and program directors on this year’s theme: how radio can promote tolerance, peace, and dialogue among listeners.

The show, which brought together Ms Rita Njeim from Radio Liban (98.1 FM), Mr Chadi Maalouf from Voix Du Liban-Dbayeh (93.3 FM), Ms Mireille Eid from Radio Delta (101.7 FM), Mr Odaie Moussawi from Al-Nour Radio (92.3 FM), and Mr Kamal Richa from Radio Orient (88.3 FM), was broadcasted at the same time on all 5 stations, on 13 February 2019 at 3pm.