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). 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. You need to come in person to collect your media pass!

If you have not heard from us within one working week of the submission of your assignment letter, you should contact our offices: (212) 963-6934.

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.

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 (letter and online form)
  • If documents are not provided in working languages of the U.N. (English & French)
  • if it is a high level meeting 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 bona fide media professionals and represent bona fide media organizations [formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly]. 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 of non-governmental organizations. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the decisions of DPI are final. The Department of Public Information 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.