The Outreach Division builds support for the United Nations by fostering dialogue with global constituencies such as civil society, the entertainment industry, media, academia, educators, students, and libraries.
We raise awareness about the issues and work of the United Nations through creative partnerships with the media, non-profit organizations and the entertainment industry, specifically via the Creative Community Outreach Initiative, and the Messenger of Peace Programme.
We produce learning materials and organize educational events on the United Nations for students, teachers, academics and the public, to build long-term support for the Organization. We manage the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme and The Holocaust and United Nations Outreach Programme, and work with civil society to promote the International Day of Peace. We also help bring global Model United Nations activities in line with actual United Nations rules and procedures.
We work to align institutions of higher education with the United Nations in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandate of the Organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility. This global network continues to expand. See more details, including the UNAI’s 10 underlying principles, the list of current members, and how to join.
We develop partnerships with civil society around the world to enhance their interaction with and understanding of the work of the Organization. We currently collaborate with 1,500 NGOs associated with the Department and reach out to and exchange information with civil society on UN issues.
Sales and Marketing of UN Publications
The United Nations publishes approximately 500 new titles a year on topics such as peace and security, human rights, the global economy, international law, environment and climate change. UN Publications can be purchased at shop.un.org and are also available in digital format in the United Nations iLibrary.
Publications and Editorial
We produce authoritative and digitally accessible publications on the main activities, concerns and ideals of the United Nations. These include online editions of the magazine UN Chronicle, the annual reference work Yearbook of the United Nations, and the primer Basic Facts about the United Nations.
Knowledge Solutions and Design
We develop and provide visual branding for UN global communications and strengthen internal communications through the UN intranet, iSeek.
Each year nearly half a million people from around the world visit the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The UN Visitors Centre manages the guided tours, public inquiries and speakers’ bureau briefings to provide memorable and meaningful visits.
The United Nations Headquarters in New York hosts new photographic and multimedia exhibits throughout the years. The exhibits are free to the public and feature issues related to sustainable development, human rights, and peace and security. Virtual exhibits are available through the UN Online Gallery.
Dag Hammarskjöld Library
The Dag Hammarskjöld Library provides research and information to support the work of United Nations Member States and helps the public find UN information through online services, and a global depository library network. The Library provides access to thousands of print and digital resources, covering all geographic regions and many languages, and provides tools to make UN information more accessible to all.
Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
The Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth engages and partners with young people, Member States, civil society, the private sector, media, academia and other stakeholders in support of advancing the global youth agenda, and specifically the UN Youth Strategy: Youth 2030 launched by the Secretary-General in 2018.