Department of Public Information

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Outiside the United Nations Headquarters, flags fly in the north end of the building, on a sunny fall day.


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.

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.

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What We Do

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Getting the News Out

From emergency aid to Security Council vote – covering the gamut of UN activities around the world

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Spotlighting Issues

Focusing on the UN’s priority goals and issues and their impact on nations and people around the world

Building Partnerships

From NGO’s and the academic community to youth groups and celebrity advocates – joining forces to tackle issues of concern to all

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Engaging the Public

Involving people in the work of the UN through Information Centres, guided tours, briefings, videoconferences and educational resources

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Sharing Knowledge

Providing enhanced access to the wealth of information and knowledge on the UN and related issues for a wide range of users

Working with the Media

Providing an array of services to help the media cover all aspects of the UN’s work

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