News and Media

UN Photo

The United Nations Photo Unit documents mandated activities throughout the UN system, telling the story of the UN at its headquarters and the field.  Historical coverage dates as far back as the inception of the Organization.   All images, both historical and newly captured, are available through the Photo Library as well as the UN Photo website. All images in the collection are available free for news and editorial usage, while a nominal fee is associated with commercial usage.

The Photo Library's mission is to make its collection available to media organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations, researchers and civil society at large, in order to foster public understanding of the work of the United Nations and its goals.

The photo collection consists of original negatives, slides and digital capture in the photo archives.  Since May of 2004 all images captured are digital.  While the entire collection is digitised, the majority of images are yet to become publicly available. 

Clients may visit the Photo Library in person to do their own research in the photo archives and/or to search the digital photo database through the two public access terminals at their disposal. Service is on a first come, first served basis. Research assistance is provided upon request.

News Centre

The News Centre is the Organization’s main news portal, which provides breaking news coverage of developments around the UN system and offers quick access to a range of news-related products and resources. The features and services developed and maintained by the News Centre 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.

 

United Nations Television

UN TV produces TV programmes and video content highlighting a wide range of priority themes and issues on the United Nations agenda, including climate change, the Millennium 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 YouTubeUNStories is a video series tailored for the web that can be downloaded, viewed on mobile devices, embeded on web pages, and posted on social media platforms.  UN TV also produces Diaries from the Field and TV Spots.

The Television Production 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 on UN Webcast.

United Nations Radio

UN Radio is an audio service for news and features provided by the United Nations to media organisations and individuals. The editorial offices are based at UN headquarters in New York. UN Radio focuses on the work of the United Nations throughout the world. It has unrivalled access to the UN newsmakers and aims to provide an objective view of UN activities. UN Radio produces daily news content in the six official languages of the UN; Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, as well as Kiswahili and Portuguese. There are also weekly programmes in Hindi, Urdu and Indonesian.

The UN Audio Library provides audio recordings of meetings and events at UN Headquarters, as well as historic recordings of UN Radio programmes and interviews. The recordings are available for download from the library's website, or via FTP.  These audio materials can be used by broadcasters in their programmes or newscasts, or as a source of information. Audio files can be searched by keyword, by date, or browsed by categories. All files are available for download in mp3 format. Other audio formats, such as mp2 and WAV, may be available on demand.  The Library holds approximately 40,000 hours of digital files, as well as a collection of over 30,000 unique audio recordings in various formats - 1/4" magnetic tape, 1/8" audio cassettes, mini-cassettes, Mini Discs, CDs, DAT tapes, vinyl and shellac discs. This unique and historic collection is being digitized selectively and some of the recordings are available on demand in digital files as well.

UN Audiovisual Library

The Audiovisual Library's mission is to provide access to and preserve the audiovisual archives from over 70 years of the history of the Organization. The AV Library makes the audio, film and video collections widely accessible to UN Offices, UN Family Organizations, professional media organizations, broadcasters, independent producers, governments, institutions and non-governmental organizations and researchers. It also makes its collection available to civil society at large on the web and via social media.  It supports audiovisual productions and fosters public understanding of the United Nations and its goals by providing customer service and audiovisual materials in a timely and efficient manner to professional clients around the world. 

The Audiovisual Library holdings comprise a hybrid collection with both analog and digital records. The AV collection has over 100,000 physical items with approximately 6,330 hours of 16 and 35mm films, 49,400 hours of video recordings, and 18,000 hours of audio recordings in a wide variety of systems and formats. In addition, our Photo Library also holds approximately 800,000 photographs, with over 90,000 available for high-resolution download from the Photo Library website.

Meetings Coverage and Press Releases

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 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.

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