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> Le rôle des radios en cas de catastrophes naturelles dans le monde, SUN Radio

"Dans le cadre de la journée mondiale de la radio organisée par l'Unesco le samedi 13 février 2016, SUN s'est intéressé au rôle primordial que joue ce média pour alerter la population en cas de catastrophes naturelles. Inondations, tempêtes ou séismes : la radio a fait ses preuves en France et en Haïti. Mais dans certains pays, tel qu'en Équateur, l'éruption d'un volcan peut mettre en lumière la dérive autoritaire du gouvernement sur la presse."

> WCDRR: Role of community radio in all phases of disaster management, Junichi Hibino and Imam Prakoso

"The need for emergency radio stations during the emergency support period, from an information transmission perspective, has been understood until now. However, recovery in disaster-hit areas takes a long time, and the role of the existence of emergency radio in the recovery of the community exists as ‘recovery radio’ or ‘rehabilitation radio’ to revitalize the community by acting as a bridge between residents through the broadcast."

> Radio CTC salva vidas en tiempo de desastres

"Radio CTC es una red de emisoras comunitarias con presencia nacional en comunidades en proceso de desarrollo de República Dominicana, forma parte de los Centros Tecnológicos Comunitarios (CTC), ente generador de desarrollo social en el país a través de la promoción, capacitación y uso de la tecnología, CTC a su vez forma parte del Gabinete de Coordinación de Políticas Sociales dirigido desde Vicepresidencia de la República. (...) Para este 13 de febrero de 2016 celebramos el #DiaMundialdelaRadio con el tema: La radio en tiempos de desastre y emergencia. Hemos programado en la Radio en CTC tener una programación  basada en el concepto que ha propuesto la ONU para celebrar esta importante fecha. La programación de mañana de RCTC está titulada "Radio CTC salva vidas en tiempo de desastres" a realizarse en las 99 comunidades a nivel nacional.  Las actividades que estaremos desarrollando:

1. Entrevistar a los principales organismos de socorro de la comunidad, quienes conversarán sobre cómo prevenir riesgos y qué debe  hacer la comunidad ante una situación de desastre.

Entrevistar a personas que han sido víctima de fenómenos naturales y que han sido ayudadas por diferentes organismos de socorro.

Durante todo el día, cada una hora, se estará enunciando acciones las siguientes capsulas en la RCTC:

1) Somos una poderosa red de comunicación con presencia en 99 comunidades del país. Sintoniza tu Radio CTC. Radio CTC salva vidas en tiempo de desastres. Radio CTC es Tuya.

  • Nos unimos al #Díamundialdelaradio
  • #RadioCTCunavozparalosquenotienenvozenRD
  • #RadioCTCmediodelibreexpresionyparticipacioncomunitaria

Photo: © Centros Tecnológicos Comunitarios


> WORLD RADIO DAY: How radio saved lives during the Ebola Emergency, Media Foundation for West Africa

"More than half of the West African population  live in rural areas and radio continues to be the fastest and most effective medium to reach people in the villages and hinterlands. Community radio especially, filled in the gap in terms of coverage, reach and language during the Ebola public information campaign. Through discussions with opinion leaders and advertisements, radio was used as a medium for public information and education, and to express solidarity and empathy with all those affected."

> "Radio en situation d'urgence et de catastrophe". Panel constitué de M. Ary Régis, Directeur SAKS, M. Edgard Célestin, Responsable Communication PNUD-DPC et Jeffrey Clark Lochard, Spécialiste Communication et Information UNESCO

> Community Radio Naf 99.2 fm organized a rally and a radio program on the occasion of World Radio Day 2016 with the participation of Upazila Family Planning Officer, Upazila RO CPP Officer, journalists, representatives of civil society and NGOs, and students from different schools. The Rally started from Upazila Parisad and moved around the main road of the town and finally it was ended at Upazila Shahid Miner. Radio Naf also aired a radio program on the role of radio in times of emergency and disaster. Upazila RO CPP officer attended the program and shared the importance and significance of radio in emergency and disaster time.

Photo: © ACLAB & Community Radio Naf 99.2 fm



> Dia Mundial de la Ràdio: La ràdio salva vides, Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals, SA

"En el Dia Mundial de la Ràdio, el 'Solidaris' vol homenatjar les ràdios comunitàries, petites, locals, no sempre reconegudes, però gràcies a les quals la gent es comunica, s'atenen emergències, es dóna veu a les minories i es fa un servei a la comunitat. I homenatgem també els seus professionals, collegues de micròfon que pel fet de defensar i reivindicar els drets humans dels seus veïns, massa vegades paguen aquesta determinació fins i tot amb la vida. I visitarem la càtedra d'Econometria de la ciutat de Barcelona, per saber quina és la viabilitat de crear un salari mínim de ciutat, que s'ajusti al cost de la vida, que a la capital catalana és un 26% més alt que la mitjana de l'estat espanyol."

> The Community Media Network in Tanzania (COMNETA) has joined hands with UNESCO Tanzania, UNIC Tanzania, media stakeholders/ fraternity in Tanzania together with managers from over 28 Community Radios to commemorate World Radio Day. In anticipation, announcement has been sent to all rado stations and media outlets in the country to recognize 13.2.2016 in a special way. Radio stations have been asked and have engaged their audiences in reflecting on the role and importance of radio particularly in times of emergencies.

On 11.2.2016, Radio one and ITV in Tanzania carried live interviews on the theme of the year
On 12.2.2016 the National Television TBC carried a special live panel composed of Joseph Sekiku - Chairperson of the COMNETA, Stella Vuzo UNIC Information Officer and Prosper Kwigize Manager Mpanda FM

Later in the day, the Media Fraternity in Tanzania gathered together at the Economic Social Research Foundation conference hall to reflect on the contribution of radio in  times of emergency. In attendance was Prof. Gabriel Ole sante, the Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Information, youths, culture and sports as Guest of honour. Others: Mrs Zulmira Rodrigrez - the UNESCO country and resident representative, Mr. Andrew Kisaka from the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, Hon Judge Francis Mtungi - Registrar of Political Parties in Tanzania. Others who have attended are BBC Media Action in Tanzania, Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition, Foundation for Civil Society, Media Council of Tanzania, Internews, Tanzania Media Women Association, GEMSAT, Sema Tanzania, UN Women and many others.

Media coverage has been provided by ITV, TBC, and several other media houses in the country.

Photo: © COMNETA

> Statement by AMARC Asia-Pacific on the occasion of the World Radio Day 2016 

On the occasion of the World Radio Day 2016, AMARC Asia-Pacific, the regional chapter of the World Association for Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), greets community radios of the Asia-Pacific region. This is an important occasion to celebrate community broadcasting and to review the values we bring into the lives of our local communities across the region and the world.

This year, the UNESCO theme for World Radio Day is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster.”  The theme resonates well with our recent experiences of broadcasting at times of grave calamities in the Asia-Pacific region.

A landmark decision in the annals of community radio history was made in India when the Government allowed setting up an emergency radio in Cuddalore district, which along with other parts of Tamilnadu state had come under devastating floods on November 8, 2015. Community radio advocacy efforts towards making emergency radio stations a reality in South Asia began in earnest post the Kosi floods in 2008. The Cuddalore emergency radio is a milestone achievement not just for India but also for the entire Asia-Pacific region where community broadcasting is closely linked to disaster risk reduction and management.

Speaking on the occasion of World Radio Day, Ramnath Bhat, Acting President of AMARC Asia-Pacific has said that today is an occasion to recollect the hardship and challenges that community radios in Nepal lived through during the April 25, 2015 earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks. In spite of horrible conditions brought about by all-around loss of lives and properties, as well as losses suffered by the community broadcasters of their buildings and equipment, the fact that many community broadcasters fought back to be on air to serve local communities is truly commendable. He has thanked partners and donors for their generous support for rebuilding community radios and called for their continued support “as the challenge is far from over and community radios in Nepal require continued support to regain their full operational capacity.” Speaking on behalf of the Regional Board of AMARC Asia-Pacific, Mr. Bhat expressed satisfaction that AMARC was able to provide significant assistance to community radios that had suffered from the earthquake.

Today is also an occasion to applaud, once again, community broadcasters such as Radio Abante in the Philippines, as well as community radios in Bangladesh, Fiji Islands, and across the Asia Pacific region – from Pacific to South East Asia and from East Asia to South Asia – for the invaluable service that they bring to the local communities at times of great distress and challenge.

National policy or the lack of it remains the greatest hurdle to bringing the services of community broadcasting to those that need it at the hour of an emergency. “I would like to call upon the governments of the Asia-Pacific region to take note of the good examples set by community radios and take active initiative in establishing legislative atmosphere that is conducive for the growth of community broadcasting. It is to be noted that many of the countries where community radios are playing an important role in community building are operating in a ‘policy-void’ or ‘poor-policy’ conditions” Mr. Bhat said.

Evidence shows that community radio is the medium that is most accessible and reaches the widest audience in the quickest possible time.


Campaña: "La radio salva vidas", Centro de Producciones Radiofónicas 

"Celebramos el Día Mundial de la Radio 2016, junto a radios y radialistas de toda Latinoamérica, con el apoyo de UNESCO. Escuchá y descargá libremente los spots producidos por el CPR para este 13 de febrero."


> UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels celebrates World Radio Day with a radio show at the European Parliament

"At the occasion of World Radio Day, the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels organized an exclusive radio debate at the European Parliament to draw people’s attention on the unique role radio plays to provide access to information, freedom of expression and inter-cultural dialogue over the airwaves. (...) Moderated by the journalist Alessio Pisano, the debate gathered 4 guests: Francesco Diasio, Secretary General of the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC), Vincent Sneed, Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Association of European Radios, Henri N'ZOUZI, Director of Radio M’boté, and Mehrez Douggui, Director of Radio Arabel.


> La Vie Locale du 13 et 14 février à 11h
Emission spéciale : Journée mondiale de la radio

À l'occasion de la Journée mondiale de la radio, initiée par l’UNESCO, Radio Grésivaudan organise une diffusion spéciale.

La radio est un moyen de communication à faible coût, particulièrement adaptée pour toucher les communautés isolées et les personnes vulnérables (les analphabètes, les handicapés, les femmes, les jeunes, les pauvres), et qui donne à tous, quelque soit le niveau d’instruction, la possibilité de participer au débat public. La radio joue aussi un rôle central dans les systèmes de communication d’urgence et l’organisation des secours après une catastrophe.

À l’heure de la convergence des médias, les services radiophoniques évoluent et adoptent de nouvelles formes avec les technologies numériques (haut débit, portables, tablettes).

Nous consacrons une émission spéciale aux radios associatives locales. Elles nous expliquent l’importance des radios de proximité, de leur rôle dans la société, des différents moyens de financement, de leurs projets et du thème proposé par l’UNESCO en cette journée : "La radio en situation d’urgence et de catastrophe".

En partenariat avec six radios :

> Primer cápsula conmemorativa del día mundial de la radio, cuyo tema central para este 2016 es "La radio en tiempos de desastre y emergencia". Entrevistamos a Rocío Castillo de La Voladora Radio 97.3 FM ubicada en Amecameca, Estado de México.


> Segunda cápsula conmemorativa del Día Mundial de la Radio. Estela Vázquez Martínez , coordinadora de el área de mujeres en Radio Jënpoj sobre preservar la cultura y el idioma originario de los ayuujk, comunidad mixe de Santa María Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca.


> Tercera cápsula conmemorativa del Día Mundial de la Radio 2016. Nuestra gente de Radio Calenda 107.9 FM "La voz del Valle" en San Antonino Castillo Velasco, Oaxaca nos comparte algunos pensamientos sobre labor y significado como radio comunitaria.


> Cuarta cápsula conmemorativa del Día Mundial de la Radio 2016. Eliseo Romero, integrante del Colectivo Voces de la Tierra, originario de Emilio Carranza, Zautla, Puebla sobre el valor de la radio comunitaria. 


> Quinta cápsula conmemorativa del Día Mundial De La Radio 2016. Arturo Ortega Salceda integrante de Radio Uandarhi ubicada en Uruapan, Michoacán sobre la importancia de la radio comunitaria.


Sexta cápsula conmemorativa del Día Mundial de la Radio: El Canto Del Zanzontle.


>Febrero 12, 2016, Día Mundial de la Radio 2016: La radio en tiempos de catástrofes y emergencias, Voces. 

"Según la edición 2015 del Informe Mundial sobre Desastres 2015, publicado por la Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja, el mundo enfrenta un número creciente de desastres que afectan cada vez a más personas, como las inundaciones, erupciones volcánicas, accidentes de contaminación masiva o nuclear, epidemias, y la radio ha demostrado su utilidad en situaciones inmediatamente posteriores a catástrofes, así como en tiempos de prevención y recuperación.

La radio emite alertas de tsunami en Japón o Chile, mensajes sobre cómo evitar la transmisión del virus del ébola en Liberia o el contagio del zika en Brasil. Este medio de comunicación (accesible, disponible, con coberturas y reportajes en vivo y capacidad de involucrar a la audiencia) desempeña un papel clave en la prevención y la mitigación de desastres y en la reducción de sus consecuencias sobre la población."

> Febrero 10, 2016, Óscar Pérez: los Estados deben fortalecer la radiodifusión comunitaria, Voces.
"El próximo sábado se festejará el Día Mundial de la Radio 2016, bajo el lema “La radio en tiempos de desastre y emergencia”, con el que se pretende celebrar la importancia de la radio en nuestras vidas, tanto en tiempos de paz como en tiempos de desastres y emergencias."

> Come join Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio as they celebrate World Radio Day in the following areas:

i) Culture Center in Murehwa on the 12th of February 2016 starting at 8am.

ii) Emakhandeni community church in Bulawayo on the 13th of February 2016 starting at 9am.

iii) Eiffel flats in Kadoma on the 13th of February 2016 starting at 11am.

iv) Meikles park in Mutare on the 13th of February 2016 starting at 10am

v) St Lukes-Anglican Church in Kwekwe on the 13th of February 2016 starting at 9am

vi) Mucheke Rank in Masvingo on the 13th of February 2016 starting at 10am.

vii) Jotsholo Bus Terminus in Lupane on the 13th of February 2016 starting at 2pm

More information: and

> Radio Dange NWE will hold a radio broadcast ''Refugee for refugees'' in Halabja on February 11, 2016. Reports will be recorded with a by Zoom H4n Handy Recorder in Halabja and Arbat camp with IDPs and refugees. This project supported by WADI.

> In partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and McMillan (a local creative agency), Farm Radio International will be hosting its inaugural live webcast on February 13, 2016 in the heart of Canada's capital city for World Radio Day. The webcast will include a panel of renowned radio/podcast hosts and producers to talk about how the medium is changing in today's world and how radio can ignite social change; the webcast will be available in French and English for free online. Please see the webpage of the event for more details:

> Bangladesh is going to Observe 5th World Radio Day: Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster on 13 February, 2016. In this occasion, Public Service Broadcasting, Private Broadcasting and Community Broadcasting initiators will arrange a Colorful Rally, Seminar, Cultural Program and Antic Radio Set Exhibition at local and national level. Representative from media, practitioners, civil society members, administration and delegates from different level of the society will be invited in the event. Besides, 12 Bangladesh Betar (Radio) regional stations, 14 Private FM radio stations and 16 Community Radio stations in outside Dhaka will organize colourful rally and seminar on the occasion. More information.

> Dans le cadre des célébrations mondiales de la Journée de la radio/World Radio Day de l’UNESCO, la Villa Méditerranée, associée à la COPEAM, se mobilise et donne la parole à des acteurs de media en situation d’urgence et de catastrophe. La soirée spéciale proposée à la Villa Méditerranée débutera à 18h00 avec la projection d’un documentaire, Good Night Sarajevo d’Olivier Algora et Edu Marin (2014) et sera suivie par une table ronde sur le conflit en Bosnie-Herzégovine et le rôle joué par la radio et les medias dans les zones de catastrophe, de conflit et dans les processus de reconstruction. Les intervenants sont :

  • Nedim Loncarevic, journaliste reporter, réalisateur de documentaires.
  • Rémy Ourdan, correspondant de guerre, reporter au Monde, réalisateur de documentaires et président de la Fondation WARMsur les conflits contemporains.
  • Emmanuel Boutterin, président de l’AMARC (Association mondiale des radiodiffuseurs communautaires)
  • Jocelyn Grange, senior expert pour MedMedia.
  • Emmanuel Vergès et Nelly Flecher de Radio Grenouille
Modération: Sébastien Nègre, développement radio, journaliste.

Plus d'information.


>, la radio universitaire de l'UQAM, à Montréal (Canada), lance dans le cadre de la Journée Mondiale de la Radio, le concours radio international, 60 Secondes Radio – 2015. Autour du thème de la Liberté! et ouvert aux citoyens du monde entier, 60 Secondes Radio fait avec le son ce que d’autres ont fait avec l’image. Fiction, portrait, reportage, déclaration, poème, prose, collage, création radio, œuvres environnementales, créatives, éclatées, burlesques, humoristiques, toutes catégories et genres sont permis, pourvu que ce soit en 60 secondes précises!

À vos micros, à vos sources, enregistrez et envoyez! Aucune limite de participation. Vous voulez en produire 2, 6, 8, allez-y! Mais vite! La date limite de participation et de réception est le dimanche 12 avril 2015. Grand Prix : 1000$ en devises canadiennes | 2e Prix : Enregistreuse Zoom H4N et son micro | 3e Prix : Appareil Photo Canon | Prix spécial « moins de 18 ans »: 200$ en devises canadiennes


> WORT Community Radio, located in Madison, Wisconsin (USA), is celebrating 2015 World Radio Day by sharing our airwaves in a number of ways:

  • Live gypsy swing music at 11 am by Harmonious Wail on Mud Acres with Chris Powers!
  • Live indie rock at 3:30 pm by Modern Mod, a young local group playing on Who Cooks For You? with The Real Jaguar
  • A live remote from 6-8 pm by Blues Cruise with Dave Watts, our 2nd annual World Radio Day broadcast from Next Door Brewing Co.
  • Audio drop-ins from around the world


> The staff of Bosnia and Herzegovina's first community radio, Vesta Radio 91.2, celebrates World Radio Day by inviting a group of youth to spend working hours on radio production activities. A group of five girls and boys from St. Francis High School in Tuzla, will bring their own content and produce a short radio broadcast. The activities planned are:

  • Studio tour and demonstration of skills needed
  • Learning basic ''technologies'' for content production and delivery
  • Recording and editing selected themes for broadcast
  • Live conversation about their impressions and skills learned

The event has been recorded as a documentary video and is available so other students can ''get the feel'' of the responsibilities, excitement and fun of broadcasting. Vesta Radio 91.2 believes that this documentary can be an incentive for others to get involve in citizen journalism and radio production.


> ORANGE 94.0, Vienna's only community radio station, is broadcasting four ''o94-special'' in collaboration with community radio stations from German-speaking countries. The programes are dedicated to ''Youth and Radio''. ORANGE 94.0 is broadcasting a collage of young voices on air, including features and interviews by ''Radiobande - Radio by Viennese pupils'', ''Unique Radio - independent student radio'', Rhabarber'' and ''Sounds of Movements'', all of which are regular radio shows on ORANGE 94.0. Further shows from Radio X (Frankfurt), radio LoRa (Zürich) and Radio Z (Nürnburg) will be broadcasted on World Radio Day!

ORANGE 94.0 Special programming on World Radio Day

  • 10:00-11:00am o94 Spezial by ORANGE 94.0 (Vienna)
  • 02:00-03:00pm o94 Spezial by Radio X (Frankfurt)
  • 07:00-08:00pm o94 Spezial ''For a better tomorrow'' by Radio Z (Nürnberg)
  • 09:00-10:00pm o94 Spezial ''Mujeres'' by Radio LoRa (Zürich)


> Pard Vaanoli 91.2 is celebrating World Radio Day from February 12-14 with special programs broadcasted on 30 community radios in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, India.


> Radio LOHRO from Rostock, Germany, contributes to World Radio Day with a whole day of special programs in German language

  • 06:00 Uhr – Weckruf – World Radio Day Morning Special
  • 10:00 Uhr – Rostock Republic – Crowdfunding for Art and Culture in Rostock
  • 11:00 Uhr – Participatory Radio LOHRO – Special themed “Youth and Radio”
  • 12:00 Uhr – Migration histories of our town – Special from a Youth Project at LOHRO
  • 13:00 Uhr – Beatbetrieb – World Radio Day Music Special
  • 15:00 Uhr – Homerun – World Radio Day Afternoon Special


> Centro de Producciones Radiofónicas, Producción Especial: ¡Feliz Día Mundial de la Radio! 

> FAO, in collaboration with AMARC: Online discussion: "Rural radio and community media: empowering rural youth for resilient livelihoods and improved food security and nutrition" (Feb. 2-23, 2015)

> FAO, en collaboration avec l'AMARC: Discussion en ligne: «Radio rurale et médias communautaires: autonomiser les jeunes des zones rurales pour construire des moyens d’existence résilients et améliorer la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition» (2-23 février, 2015)

> Bangladesh: Fourth World Radio Day 2015: Youth and Radio

> Celebration of World Radio Day 2015 by Community Radio Naf 99 FM, Bangladesh

  • Rally, discussion
  • Meetings with local government, administration, journalists, teachers, community leaders, religious leader, representatives of NGOs and CBOs, Youth
  • Broadcast of live radio program on Youth and ICT and Community Media
  • Participation on the national level with multiple media stakeholders (Ministry of Information, Bangladesh Bater, BNNRC, BCRA)

> UNESCO, Journée mondiale de la radio - 13 février 2015. Maison de l'UNESCO, 125, avenue de Suffren, Paris 7e.

Activités de 10h-18h, entrée libre et gratuite sur présentation d'une pièce d'identité, dans la limite des places disponibles. 

  • Rencontre avec les radiodiffuseurs (Radio France Internationale, China Radio International, Monte Carlo Doualiya, Prisa Radio, Radio Orient, radios locales, radios associatives, radios africaines, radios des États arabes)
  • Débats: «La radio et les jeunes, état des lieux, inclusion, stéréotypes», 11h-12h (FR), avec la participation de RFI et Monte Carlo Doualiya; «Renforcer les radios locales par le biais des technologies de l'information et de la communication», 12-13h (EN); «Jeunes journalistes et fixeurs: quelles garanties pour plus de sécurités?», 14h30-15h30 (FR), avec la participation de France 24; «L'heure de la Syrie: promouvoir la liberté d'expression par le biais de la radio», 15h30-16h30 (EN).
  • Projection: Radio Favela, de Helvecio Ratton. Le quotidien et les combats de quatre amis, vivant dans un bidonville brésilien, qui souhaitent lancer une station de radio pour donner la parole aux habitants des favelas. Inspiré d'une histoire vraie. 13h-14h30, 92 minutes, version originales en portugais, sous-titrée en français.



Previous Years - Années précédentes

> Día Mundial de la Radio 2013 (RCI)

> Celebration of World Radio day 2013: Colorful Rally held in Dhaka, Bangladesh

> Joint World Radio Day Statement

> Mot de la FRPC

> Communiqué URAC

> Across the air waves, the voice of gender equality is being heard (UNWOMEN)

> At least 28 radio journalists in jail, 18 killed since start of 2012 (RWB)

> Q&A: Community Radio Reflects Levels of Democracy (IPS)

> Journée mondiale de la Radio : incontournables, les radios communautaires (UN Radio)

< CJSF will be doing a bunch of special programming for World Radio day. And as it turns out, Feb 13 is the 10th Anniversary of CJSF's launch on to the FM dial in 2003.

< L'union des radios privees du tchad celebre la journee mondiale de la radio affiches, banderole,conference de presse, table ronde avec le ministre communication, le representant unesco, le president du haut conseilde la communication et les responsables de l'urpt

> World Radio Day tunes in to new advances in broadcasting (ITU)

> Journée mondiale de la Radio : le clin d'œil de l'AMARC (UN radio)

> Le GRER lance un appel au soutien à la recherche (GRER)

> Horizon FM : la radio phare de la zone maritime (UN Radio)