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World Radio Day highlights future wireless communications
ITU World Radiocommunication Conference engaged
in ensuring high quality radiocommunications
Geneva, 13 February 2012 – World Radio Day is being marked
today for the first time in a worldwide recognition that the future of
communications is increasingly wireless.
World Radio Day has been proclaimed by UNESCO, following a request from the
Academia Española de la Radio of Spain, 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’s 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.
13 February also marks the day the United Nations Radio was launched in 1946.
The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference, currently in session, is drawing
up the framework to ensure high quality radiocommunication services for maritime
and aeronautical transport and other advanced technologies such as satellite
navigation and mobile broadband as well as for scientific purposes related to
the environment, meteorology and climatology, disaster prediction, mitigation
and relief. The Conference is engaged in reviewing and revising the Radio
Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency
spectrum that is in demand for the entire gamut of wireless services and
applications required to meet global communication requirements.
joint statement, ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré and
UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said, “In a world changing quickly, we must
make the most of radio’s ability to connect people and societies, to share
knowledge and information and to strengthen understanding. This World Radio Day
is a moment to recognize the marvel of radio and to harness its power for the
benefit of all.”
With its mandate to ‘Connect the World,’ ITU is committed to strengthening
radio as the world’s most accessible, pervasive and multilingual communication
technology and to ensuring it continues to be an immensely powerful tool for
delivering social and economic benefits, especially for the world’s rural and
most remote communities.
For more information please see
www.itu.int/en/osg/speeches/Documents/WorldRadioDay.pdf, or contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU