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Media accreditation and Liaison Unit

Media Accreditation Requirements for First Time Applicant

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).

FOR FIRST TIME APPLICANT ONLY -- If you have received accreditation in the past, click here.

Please provide:

Please note that there are different types of accreditation. For more information, click here.


When applying, for the first time:

Independent broadcast or film production companies must provide a letter from a broadcast organization or film distributor which has committed to air or distribute the work. The project should be UN related.

Print media must submit two by-lined articles published within the past month and a copy of the publication.

Radio and TV media must submit two recordings of reports broadcast within the past month.

Photographers must submit original tear sheets or photos with credits of the issuing organization.

Online media (Subject to all other criteria, online media may include news outlets, blogs, vlogs and others) must meet the following requirements, in addition to those above:

Freelance Journalists: Freelance journalists, including photographers, must provide clear documentation that they are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication. A valid assignment letter from that news organization, or publication, is required.

Double accreditation is not permitted (press + delegate, press + NGO)

Please do not fax or email copies of your passport, green card, visa or other personal information.


Every effort will be made to issue the accreditation as soon as possible, but we ask for at least 24 hour notice.

Delays could occur:

Once the request was 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 -- follow instructions here.

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.

(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.