News & Media Division

UN Photo/Mark Garten
A view of the UN broadcasting studio

Mission

The News and Media Division (NMD) tells the UN's story through television, radio and the Internet, working together with partners in the media worldwide to raise awareness of the UN's goals and highlight its successes.

News and Content Branch

  • The News Services Section provides breaking news coverage of developments around the UN system and manages the UN News Centre, the Organization’s main news portal that offers quick access to a range of news-related products and resources.  The features and services developed and maintained by the Section include thematic News Focus pages and a searchable databases of speeches by the Secretary-General as well as the email news alerts service, RSS feeds, Newsmaker interviews, the News Quiz and Photo Stories.  The Section also maintains key segments of the Secretary-General’s website (in English), facilitates media access to senior UN officials, monitors notable trends in media coverage of UN-related issues and produces a special series that helps to highlight issues that deserve greater visibility. The section also produces daily audio news and feature stories, magazine programmes and special series and makes available live and recorded audio from meetings and events.  Through these products the section provides daily and weekly content in 8 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Kiswahili). It also distributes weekly programmes in Hindi, Bangla, Indonesian, French Creole and Urdu. These audio materials are incorporated into programmes or newscasts. Sound bites and raw audio are also made available for reporters to produce their own stories about the UN.  The section also offers the UN Radio Classics.  Consisting of digitally remastered archival programmes from as early as 1948, UN Radio Classics is an online collection of historic recordings from the UN's audio archive.
     
  • The Video Production Section produces TV programmes and video content highlighting a wide range of priority themes and issues on the United Nations agenda, including climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals, human rights and gender-based violence. Its flagship feature series 21st Century and UN in Action are aired by partner broadcasters in many countries and can be viewed in New York City on Time Warner’s Channel 228 and worldwide on UN Webcast. Viewers can also watch videos on a wide range of topics on the United Nations Channel on YouTube.

Operations and Services Branch

  • The Meetings Coverage Section produces an array of essential materials for the media, delegations and the general public, in English and French, including comprehensive summaries of official meetings at Headquarters and at overseas conferences, as well as press releases and backgrounders on various issues and events and other information products.  The Section disseminates, in print and online, speeches and statements of the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General, and information on the Secretary-General’s official activities. It issues English verbatim transcript and French summary of the daily briefings of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, as well as summaries of press conferences by delegations and senior United Nations officials. It produces press releases and backgrounders on behalf of the substantive departments of the Secretariat and United Nations system offices, issues biographies of new permanent representatives and senior officials, produces the annual round-up of the work of the Security Council and of the main session of the General Assembly, and distributes press releases and documents to the media at Headquarters and at major United Nations conferences overseas.
     
  • The News Monitoring Unit (NMU) monitors, compiles and summarizes global media coverage about the UN, its officials and relevant international developments, as well as issues and events that are of concern and interest to the Organization, in order to distribute several products via email to the Secretary-General, senior officials and UN staff for their perusal.
  • ​The Media Accreditation & Liaison Unit (MALU) provides accreditation and liaison services to journalists covering United Nations activities at Headquarters and at major United Nations conferences abroad; reviews applications and authentication of credentials and required documents from print, photo, television, film and electronic media; facilitates media coverage of United Nations activities within appropriate guidelines; and coordinates the provision of facilities - such as office space and equipment - to accredited correspondents. As part of MALU, the Media Documents Centre (MDC) disseminates UN documents, press releases and statements of member states directly to accredited journalists.
     
  • The Audio-Visual Services Section provides extensive production support for the coverage of UN stories by UN entities and the media. UN Photo documents developments at the Headquarters and the work of the UN in the field around the world. High-resolution images, including historical photos dating back to the beginning of the Organization, are available for download free of charge at the UN Photo website. The UN Audio Library provides unedited broadcast-quality recordings of events at the Headquarters – meetings, press briefings and special occasions – for use by broadcasters. It also provides access to historical recordings of UN events and UN Radio classics. The UN Film and Video Library holds a unique collection of current and historical films and videos – recordings of meetings and events, as well as UN film and TV production – which are made available to the news media and film producers.
     
  • The Television Broadcast Facilities Unit provides daily broadcast-quality coverage of events and activities at United Nations Headquarters, including meetings of the General Assembly, the Security Council and other United Nations bodies, international conferences and press briefings.  It delivers LIVE feeds that are used by international broadcasters and television news agencies. Daily packages of news stories, features and expert interviews from throughout the UN system around the world can be found on UNifeed, a video news service that is updated several times a day, six days a week.  Live and on-demand streaming of these events also is available through UN Webcast.

Digital and Promotion Branch

  • The Web Services Section (WSS) is responsible for UN.ORG, the main United Nations website, which includes a broad range of web and graphics design services and overall responsibility for the online digital brand of the United Nations.  The Web Services Section works in all six official UN languages and coordinates and manages the content of the Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish versions of the UN website site.  WSS works towards language parity and ensures that newly created sites are accessible to disabled persons. It also manages the Internet presence for the General Assembly and the Security Council and provides guidance and assistance to Secretariat offices, where possible, in creating and enhancing their websites in all official languages.  The main UN social media accounts in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish are also managed by WSS.
     
  • The Promotion and Distribution Unit provides support across the Division to expand the audiences and broaden the reach of all of its products, in part by establishing partnerships with news organizations and new media platforms around the world.
     
  • The Digital Support Unit (DSU) provides an advanced level of expertise and practical know-how in relevant digital technologies to the content-producing arms of DPI’s News and Media Division. DSU assists NMD’s partnerships unit in building effective and interactive relationships with a broad network of partners. News producing units receive assistance from the DSU in the more complex areas of digital production, posting and distribution. DSU staff support the production of the UN’s main website, UN.ORG, and possess advanced capabilities in a broad array of digital tools and technologies to support NMD’s social networking efforts, mobile communications and portfolio of website products. During the period of the high-level debate of the General Assembly, DSU is responsible for operating the UN’s GA debate website portal, which is updated in real time with a wide variety of media and documentation. Administration of the governance over digital publishing procedures (such as domain name approval) is also within the remit of DSU.
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