About DPI

The Department of Public Information (DPI) was established in 1946, by General Assembly resolution 13 (I), to promote global awareness and understanding of the work of the United Nations. DPI undertakes this goal through radio, television, print, the Internet, video-conferencing and other media tools.

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The Department reports annually on its work to the UN General Assembly's Committee on Information. The Committee, which meets once a year, is responsible for overseeing the work of DPI and for providing it guidance on policies, programmes and activities of the Department.


The overall resources proposed for the 2018-2019 biennium for the Department of Public Information amount to $186,219,500.


The Department of Public Information is dedicated to communicating the ideals and work of the United Nations to the world; to interacting and partnering with diverse audiences; and to building support for peace, development and human rights for all. Inform. Engage. Act.


  • Strategic Communications Division

    The Strategic Communications Division formulates communications strategies on priority issues and launches global campaigns. The Division also manages the network of 63 United Nations information centres and offices around the world.

  • News & Media Division

    The News and Media Division produces and publishes news and information on the UN’s priorities and activities, and builds partnerships with media organizations and other target audiences.  It helps and supports the work of journalists and news organizations covering the work of the United Nations.

  • Outreach Division

    The Outreach Division engages and educates people and their communities worldwide to encourage support for the ideals and activities of the United Nations.

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