World Radio Day : opening of the official website2013-12-08
February 13 is the date set by UNESCO and validated by the general Assembly of the UN to celebrate World Radio Day (WRD). These celebrations will rest on the international cooperation established between radio broadcasters from the whole world along with their listeners. This day will make it possible to promote the access to information and freedom of expression on the air.
On the occasion of the first edition of World Radio Day, UNESCO and an International Committee made up of the twelve main audiovisual and telecommunication organizations launched a call for participation to invite professionals from radio and their listeners to record short messages about the importance of radio.
During winter of 2013, internet surfers from 48 countries shared and downloaded more than 2500 times hundreds of messages on the official website wrd13.com
an interactive platform implemented by URTI for the International WRD Committee. On February 13 2013, these messages were broadcast by radio stations in the whole world in the framework of the World Radio Day celebrations.
The new website wrd13.com
was formally opened on Monday December 9 2013 – in the framework of the ASBU general Assembly – by the attending representatives of several audiovisual organizations members of the WRD International Committee (ABU, ASBU, AIBD, IBU, EBU, URTI and COPEAM).
Many international radio stations already showed their support to this new edition by committing to providing its promotion for their listeners on their stations and their Websites. The listeners are invited to go already to wrd13.com
to deposit their audio messages in every language. These messages will be downloaded by radio stations from the whole world who will broadcast them on the air and on their sites all day long on February 13 2014 to celebrate the Radio media.
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URTI partners of the Global Forum on Media and Gender 2013-12-02
URTI partners the first Global Forum on Media and Gender that will be organized by UNESCO, UN Women, and media and NGO partners globally from 2 to 4 December 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. This will be an important follow-up to one of the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, “Women and the Media Diagnosis”, and its strategic objectives.
The key objective of the Forum will be to form a Global Alliance for Media and Gender. The Forum will foster debate, provide training, encourage the sharing of experiences and host a high level session, which will be informed by the consensus of all stakeholders, and which will design the Global Alliance for the “Women and Media Follow-up” of the Beijing Declaration
and Platform for Action
There is a need for representation at the Forum from all regions of the world and from as many countries as possible. The event will, therefore, be attended by representatives of media houses, broadcasting and journalists’ unions/associations, community media networks, NGOs advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment, journalism education organizations and other related training institutions, media self-regulatory bodies, policy makers, relevant government bodies etc.
It will be a process that will commence long before December 2013 and will include preparatory online consultations and meetings linked to other related and already planned events in all regions. Women with the Wave regional meeting, organized by the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union, is one such example which was supported by UNESCO.
UNESCO invites donors and other stakeholders to join forces to address one of the most important development issues of our time, gender equality and women’s empowerment. Please visit UNESCO’s website for further information or contact Alton Grizzle
Public Broadcasters International (PBI) Conference in Washington, DC - 6/8 Nov 20132013-11-06
Since 1990, Public Broadcasters International has brought public service broadcasting (PSB) executives from around the world together to share experiences and ideas about how best to deal with challenges unique to PSBs. The annual PBI Conference takes place in Washington, DC, November 6-8, 2013, and will be hosted by PBS.
The organizers are currently confirming speakers for various sessions and they are interested in your thoughts about the Agenda
. Is there something you are hoping to learn more about at PBI 2013? Email
them with your ideas. Your input will guide them in preparing the sessions and ensure speakers address the topics that concern you the most. The Agenda team can be reached at PBI2013@pbs.org
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is open. Did you know that our special Hotel rates expire on October 11
? For more information on the Mayflower Renaissance, and to make reservations, visit the Hotel and Travel page here
. Travel to the United States from abroad may require a Visa. Visit our Visas page
to learn more about:
- Traveling to the U.S.
- Letter of Invitation
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If you have any questions or concerns, write at PBI2013@pbs.org