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News & Media Division


The News and Media Division (NMD) tells the UN's story through television, radio and the Internet, working together with partners in the media worldwide to raise awareness of the UN's goals and highlight its successes.

Office of the Director

  • The Promotion and Distribution Unit provides support across the Division to expand the audiences and broaden the reach of all of its products, in part by establishing partnerships with news organizations and new media platforms around the world.

News & Content Branch

  • The Web Services Section plays a key role in the design, development and presentation of the United Nations website. As part of this work, the Section updates content on major parts of www.un.org and creates web pages for priority themes and events, as well as international conferences and commemorative dates. It also manages the Internet presence for the General Assembly and the Security Council and provides guidance and assistance to Secretariat offices, where possible, in creating and enhancing their websites in all official languages. It coordinates and manages the content of the Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish versions of the UN site and ensures that newly created sites are accessible to disabled persons.
  • Ralph Bunche being interviewed on UN Radio broadcast in 1948.

    Ralph Bunche being interviewed on
    UN Radio broadcast in 1948.

  • The News Services Section provides breaking news coverage of developments around the UN system and manages the English and French versions of UN News Centre the Organization’s main news portal that offers quick access to a range of news-related products and resources.  The features and services developed and maintained by the Section include thematic News Focus pages and a searchable databases of speeches by the Secretary-General as well as the email news alerts service, RSS feeds, Newsmaker interviews, the News Quiz and Photo Stories.  The Section also maintains key segments of the Secretary-General’s website (English and French), facilitates media access to senior UN officials, monitors notable trends in media coverage of UN-related issues and produces a special series that helps to highlight issues that deserve greater visibility.
  • The Radio Section produces daily news and feature stories, magazine programmes and special series and makes available live and recorded audio from meetings and events.  Through these products UN Radio provides daily and weekly content in 8 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Kiswahili), and contributes news reporting to the Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Russian-language versions of the UN News Centre portal. UN Radio also distributes weekly programmes in Hindi, Bangla, Indonesian, French Creole and Urdu. These audio materials are incorporated into programmes or newscasts. Sound bites and raw audio are also made available for reporters to produce their own stories about the UN.  UN Radio also offers the UN Radio Classics.  Consisting of digitally remastered archival programmes from as early as 1948, UN Radio Classics is an online collection of historic recordings from the UN's audio archive.
  • The Television Section produces TV programmes and video content highlighting a wide range of priority themes and issues on the United Nations agenda, including climate change, the Millennium Development Goals, human rights and gender-based violence. Its flagship feature series 21st Century and UN in Action are aired by partner broadcasters in many countries and can be viewed in New York City on Time Warner’s Channel 150 and worldwide on UN Webcast. Viewers can also watch videos on a wide range of topics on the United Nations Channel on YouTube.

Press Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in
his first press conference of 2011.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his first
press conference of 2011.
UN Photo/Mark Garten

  • The Meetings Coverage Section produces an array of essential materials for the media, delegations and the general public,in English and French, including comprehensive summaries of official meetings at Headquarters and at overseas conferences, as well as press releases and backgrounders on various issues and events and other information products.  The Section disseminates, in print and online, speeches and statements of the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General, and information on the Secretary-General’s official activities. It issues English verbatim transcript and French summary of the daily briefings of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, as well as summaries of press conferences by delegations and senior United Nations officials. It produces press releases and backgrounders on behalf of the substantive departments of the Secretariat and United Nations system offices, issues biographies of new permanent representatives and senior officials, produces the annual round-up of the work of the Security Council and of the main session of the General Assembly, and distributes press releases and documents to the media at Headquarters and at major United Nations conferences overseas.
  • News Monitoring Unit
    Monitors media coverage about the United Nations and major international developments in order to produce two daily news bulletins and compile daily clippings of print and electronic media coverage of important news stories, for distribution to senior officials at Headquarters and in the field.
  • Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit (MALU)
    Provides accreditation and liaison services to journalists covering United Nations activities at Headquarters and at major United Nations conferences abroad; reviews applications and authentication of credentials and required documents from print, photo, television, film and electronic media; facilitates media coverage of United Nations activities within appropriate guidelines; and coordinates the provision of facilities - such as office space and equipment - to accredited correspondents. As part of MALU, the Media Documents Centre (MDC) disseminates UN documents, press releases and statements of member states directly to accredited journalists.

Operations Branch

  • The Television Production Facilities Unit provides daily broadcast-quality coverage of events and activities at United Nations Headquarters, including meetings of the General Assembly, the Security Council and other United Nations bodies, international conferences and press briefings.  It delivers LIVE feeds that are used by international broadcasters and television news agencies. . Daily packages of news stories, features and expert interviews from throughout the UN system around the world can be found on UNifeed, a video news service that is updated several times a day, six days a week.  Live and on-demand streaming of these events also is available through UN Webcast.
  • The Audio-Visual Services Section provides extensive production support for the coverage of UN stories by UN entities and the media. UN Photo documents developments at the Headquarters and the work of the UN in the field around the world. High-resolution images, including historical photos dating back to the beginning of the Organization, are available for download free of charge at the UN Photo website. The UN Audio Library provides unedited broadcast-quality recordings of events at the Headquarters – meetings, press briefings and special occasions – for use by broadcasters. It also provides access to historical recordings of UN events and UN Radio classics. The UN Film and Video Library holds a unique collection of current and historical films and videos – recordings of meetings and events, as well as UN film and TV production – which are made available to the news media and film producers.