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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.

In a 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:

Sanjay Acharya

Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU

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