Following a request from the Spanish Radio Academy on September 20, 2010, the Kingdom of Spain proposed that the UNESCO Executive Board include an agenda item on the proclamation of World Radio Day. UNESCO's Executive Board added the agenda item to its provisional agenda for the proclamation of a "World Radio Day" on September 29, 2011.Upon receiving favourable responses and official support from the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the International Association of Broadcasting (IAB), the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), the Organización de Telecomunicaciones Ibeoramericanas (OTI), BBC, URTI, Vatican Radio, etc, the proposal was approved.
Then, Executive Board further requested that UNESCO's Director-General bring the resolution to the attention of the Secretary-General of the United Nations so that World Radio Day could be endorsed by the General Assembly and celebrated by the whole system. The matter was subsequently treated by UNESCO's General Conference which adopted the resolution contained in file 36 C/63. World Radio Day was thus unanimously proclaimed by all Member States of UNESCO in November 2011.
In December 2012, The General Assembly of the UN endorsed the proclamation of World Radio Day, which thereby became a day to be celebrated by all UN agencies, funds, and programs and their partners. File A/RES/67/124. At UNESCO
The WRD Committee
In March of 2012, shortly after UNESCO's proclamation of World Radio Day, the Spanish Radio Academy created the World Radio Day Committee, which held its first official meeting on September 11th in Madrid at the International Press Center. One year later, the Committee hosted another meeting in Madrid with the participation of UNESCO's General Director of Communication, Janis Karklins. In 2014, the Committee along with sixteen organizations met in Paris at Radio France Headquarters