The Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General plans the Secretary-General’s media related activities and briefs journalists on a daily basis. To explain the policies and work of the Organization to the world’s media, the Office:
- provides daily briefings, interviews and background discussion (for this purpose, receiving guidance from the Office of the Secretary-General, as well as information from other offices, funds, programmes and agencies of the United Nations system);
- advises the Secretary-General on relations with the media;
- schedules his/her press interviews;
- travels with the Secretary-General and speaks to the media on his/her behalf.
The Spokesperson’s Office, administered by DPI, reports directly to the Secretary-General.
The position of Spokesperson for the Secretary-General has been held by Mr. Stéphane Dujarric of France since 10 March 2014.
Mr. Dujarric had previously served as Spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2005 to 2006 and then as Deputy Communications Director for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from 2006 to 2007. Just prior to his current appointment, Mr. Dujarric was the Director of News and Media for the United Nations Department of Public Information and previously, Director of Communications for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
In the private sector, Mr. Dujarric worked for ABC News television for close to ten years in various capacities in the network’s New York, London and Paris news bureaux. He traveled extensively on assignment to cover major stories throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Born in France, Mr. Dujarric has been living in the United States for the most part of the last 30 years. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1988. Mr. Dujarric is married and has three children.