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Department of Public Information

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Did You Know?Exhibits in the General Assembly Visitors Lobby of the UN Headquarters in New York must be endorsed or co-endorsed by a UN agency, department, or Member State.

Outreach Division


The Outreach Division fosters dialogue with global constituencies such as academia, civil society, the entertainment industry, educators and students to encourage support for the ideals and activities of the United Nations.

Efforts targeted at the public are carried out in alliance with key partners that include celebrity advocates; partner libraries; and the media. The Division also works to provide information products and services to facilitate the work of UN Member States, staff and researchers and to support internal communications at the United Nations. The Division further promotes increased participation and involvement in the work of the United Nations by means of conferences, briefings, exhibits, publications and teaching materials.


Opening Plenary of the 2010 Global Model UN conference

Opening Plenary of the 2010 Global Model UN conference at
the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Advocacy and Special Events

Brings awareness to the issues and work of the United Nations through creative partnerships with the media, non-profit organizations and the entertainment industry.

Education Outreach

Creates and disseminates educational material on the United Nations for students and teachers at all educational levels to build long-term support for the Organization. Key activities include the UN Cyberschoolbus and the Global Model United Nations.

UN Academic Impact

Aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandate of the Organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility. This global network continues to expand: for latest information on the membership, check the membership page.  

NGO Relations

Facilitates the exchange of information and develops partnerships with civil society. Non-governmental Organizations (NGO) Relations reaches out to civil society around the world to enhance their interaction with and understanding of the work of the Organization. It currently collaborates with 1,500 NGOs associated with the Department of Public Information.

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Sales and Marketing of United Nations Publications

The United Nations publishes approximately 500 new titles a year on a variety of topics from human rights, to the global economy, to international law, and more. UN publications are also available as e-books through major content aggregators, on most popular mobile e-book readers and as smart phone "apps"

Publications and Editorial

Produces authoritative and accessible information publications on the main activities, driving concerns and leading ideals of the United Nations. These include the quarterly magazine UN Chronicle and the annual reference work Yearbook of the United Nations along with the primer Basic Facts about the United Nations and the booklet 60 Ways the United Nations Makes a Difference.

Knowledge Solutions and Design

Is responsible for the coordination and management of iSeek, the global UN Secretariat intranet. In addition, the unit develops websites and knowledge solutions and provides visual branding for UN global communication campaigns.

Visitors Services

Manages the guided tours, public inquiries and speakers bureau briefings at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Each year nearly half a million people from around the world experience the UN Visitor Centre.

Dag Hammarskjöld Library

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library offers information on UN documentation and research services to delegates, UN departments and offices, as well as to diverse specialized groups and the wider public.

Library Users Services

Provides essential services to the users of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at Headquarters and worldwide to ensure their access to high quality information resources needed in carrying out their functions. The Library also maintains an exhaustive collection of UN official documents, and selective reference collections on issues of concern to the Organization.

Information Processing and Acquisitions

Facilitates search and discovery of UN official documents in print and online. It develops and acquires subject-specific collections of UN specialized agencies materials, government publications and commercial books and serials. It also manages the inter-agency UN System Electronic Information Acquisition Consortium (UNSEIAC), which ensures access by its member organizations to high-quality electronic resources.