Media accreditation is strictly reserved for members of the press (print, photo, radio, television, film, news agencies and online media) who represent a bona fide media organization (See footnote #1 at the bottom). No media badge will be issued to journalists whose application does not conform to the established procedure. Please note, a new accreditation system was launched in August 2016. If this is your first application since the launch, please select First Accreditation -- the previous account information will not work.


Once the request is approved, a confirmation will be sent to the email on file in the online account. Media passes must be collected in person.

If you have not heard from us within 48 hours of the submission of your assignment letter, you should contact our offices: (212) 963-6934 or malu@un.org. Period review could be longer during special events.

Credentials are initially given for a period of four months, followed by application for annual renewal. Lapses in accreditation of more than 60 days will be treated as new applications. The transition from to an annual renewal will be based upon a review of professional coverage and conformity to the access guidelines.

In accepting a U.N. Media ID Card you are agreeing to the terms of the United Nations Media Guidelines. The UN grounds pass is non-transferable and misuse will result in its confiscation.



Application Status

Every effort will be made to issue the accreditation as soon as possible, but we ask for at least 48 hour notice.

Delays could occur:

  • If the request does not have the required documents (including assignment letter, samples)
  • If documents are not provided in working languages of the U.N. (English & French)
  • if it is a high-level period such as the General Debate in September.

(1) Note on bona fide media organization:
The Department of Public Information (DPI) must be satisfied that the individuals applying for accreditation are professional journalists and represent bona fide media organizations [formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly]. Media organization must have demonstrable editorial oversight and a verifiable street address and telephone number (P.O. Box will not be accepted). Accreditation will only be given on proof of a track record of reporting for media organizations on international affairs. Media accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets or advocacy publications of non-governmental organizations. DPI may require supplementary documentation to evaluate the request. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the decisions of DPI are final. DPI reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists from media organizations whose activities run counter to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, or who abuse the privileges so extended or put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the Organization.

(2) Privacy policy
Required information provided to MALU is used solely for accreditation and statistical purposes and will not be published for general access. The United Nations, however, assumes no responsibility for the security of this information.