Radio summit program is organized on the occasion of Fifth World Radio in Kathmandu on this Saturday. Summit was organized by Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB) Nepal in partnership with UNESCO Kathmandu, UNICEF Nepal, OXFAM Nepal, The Asia Foundation Nepal and AMARC. Around three hundred radio journalists and media activists came together to discuss about the role of radio in times of disaster and emergencies.
In front of senior government/non-government officials, policy makers and development experts, participants of the summit have shared their stories of struggle to serve people during recent devastating earthquake and aftershocks. Chief Guest Honorable Mr. Sher Dhan Rai, Minister of Information and Communication inaugurated the program.
In the inauguration session, Mr. Mohan Chapagain, President of ACORAB has described how ACORAB as an umbrella organization of 274 community radio stations have worked to bring support for the earthquake affected radio stations to resume their broadcasting. Also, Mr. Sushil Gyawali, CEO of Reconstruction Authority, Mr. Min Bahadur Shahi, Deputy President of AMARC, Mr. Mahendra Bista, President of Federation of Nepalese Journalist (FNJ), Mr. Rudra Jit Das, Chief of Communication for Development at UNICEF Nepal, Ms. Preeti Thapa, Senior Program Officer at The Asia Foundation Nepal, Dr. Sarba Raj Khadka, Former Chair of Food First Information and Action Network; and Mr. JB Biswokarma, Project Coordinator at UNESCO Office in Kathmandu delivered their opening remarks.
Followed by plenary session, Mr. Kishor Jung Thapa of Radio Gorkha, Ms. Srijana Baral of Radio Melamchi and Mr. Soham Subedi of Community Information Network (CIN) have shared their efforts of radio broadcasting at the hour of crisis in recent disaster.
Later, breakout sessions were conducted to explore the role community radios on five thematic issues such as child and women issue during disaster, rumor tracking during disaster, food security in crisis, community mediation and; community radio policies in Nepal.
By comprising outcomes of all sessions, Kathmandu declaration is made specifically mentioning the role of the government and radio stations separately to address respective strategies.
In the closing ceremony, Mr. Kashi Raj Dahal, Chairperson of the High Level Mass Media Policy Revision and Draft Committee, Ms. Kunti Kumari Sahi, State-Minister of Federal Affairs and Local Development and Mr. Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya, Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication have responded the issues raised in plenary and breakout sessions of the summit.