The 12th edition of World Radio Day (WRD) was celebrated on February 13, 2023, with the theme “Radio and Peace.”

The newly elected Media Association blong Vanuatu (MAV) congratulated all radio broadcasters in Vanuatu and recognizes the importance of radio in communicating information to a wide audience.

“The theme ‘Radio and Peace’ reminds us of the fundamental role the radio plays to communicate information to our people, especially during conflicts and natural disasters, and in promoting peace and stability in the country,” MAV President Lillyrose Welwel said.

The day also celebrates radio’s ability to improve international cooperation between broadcasters, promote access to information, freedom of expression, and gender equality over the airwaves.

Every year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) plans activities with broadcasters, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), national authorities, and the public to celebrate WRD.

MAV President Welwel highlighted radio’s ability to reach the widest audience in Vanuatu, besides newspapers, and its role in exchanging information, providing social interchange, and educating people.

Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity’s diversity and democratic discourse, and radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a variety of programs, viewpoints, and content, and reflecting the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.