United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s theme this year is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”.

Mairi Feeger, Communications Consultant, UN Resident Coordinators Office.

[highlight color=”black”]mhilaPort Moresby, New Guinea. 1944-07-22. Morea Hila, a Papuan native announcer, broadcasting from the Radio Station 9PA. Aged 32, he was educated at the London Missionary School at Hanuabada and worked for eighteen years as typist and clerk in the Government Secretary’s Department. He has made five broadcasts from the radio station and translates and types his articles. He also sings in the native choir.[/highlight]



Join the world and tune in to World Radio Day this Saturday, 13th February 2016 as we celebrate one of the most popular forms of communication.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s theme this year is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”.

Throughout the world radio remains one of the quickest and low cost ways of reaching a wide audience. This makes radio is a very effective way to reach people in places like Papua New Guinea where it is difficult to get messages to people living in rural and remote parts of the country. Radio is available to all people including those who may not be able to read and write and those living in poverty. Radio is important for other vulnerable groups like people with disabilities who may find it difficult to move around. Radio provides a public space for debate and gives people the opportunity to have their voices heard. This makes radio an important tool for Papua New Guinea.

Radio become essential during disasters and times of emergency because of its wide audience and ability to reach people everywhere. ‘Radio saves lives’ was the recent message from United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon who also encouraged everyone to find ways for radio to do even more to help people in emergencies.

We are seeing the critical role of radio during this El Nino period as United Nations Resident Coordinator Mr Trivedy said, “Radio is bringing vital messages about the drought and relief directly to the people of Papua New Guinea and especially to the most affected in the difficult to reach areas of this country. Thankyou to the people involved in radio who are working hard to keep everyone in this country informed especially in times of emergency and disaster. World Radio Day is and great opportunity for us to celebrate and acknowledge their tremendous contribution to helping support the country.”

On World Radio Day join us as we celebrate the use of radio in helping save lives during times of emergency and disaster. Radio still offers great potential in communicating to people and this year as countries around the world, including Papua New Guinea start preparing for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals it’s important Radio continues to play a key role in promoting human progress.

To learn more about World Radio Day visit the official website: http://www.diamundialradio.org/