About Us

The Department of Global Communications, previously known as 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.

Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Alison Smale interviews Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on the Sustainable Development Goals, a priority for the United Nations.

The Department does this through a broad range of activities, including by producing multilingual news and information; using the latest technology, multimedia and social media platforms to amplify the UN message; carrying out communications campaigns on priority issues; and conducting outreach activities with a diverse range of partners.

The Department reports annually to the UN General Assembly’s Committee on Information, which is responsible for overseeing our work and providing guidance on policies, programmes and activities.


The Department of Global Communications is dedicated to communicating the ideals and work of the United Nations to the world; to interacting and partnering with diverse audiences; and to building support for peace, sustainable development and human rights for all. Inform. Engage. Act.

Who we are

  • Strategic Communications

    The Strategic Communications Division formulates and implements communications strategies on priority issues and launches global campaigns. It also manages the global network of 60 United Nations information centres.

  • News & Media

    The News and Media Division produces and shares news and information on the UN’s priorities and activities, and builds partnerships with media organizations and other target audiences. It supports the work of journalists and news organizations covering the United Nations.

  • Outreach

    The Outreach Division engages and educates people and communities worldwide to encourage support for the ideals and activities of the United Nations.


The overall resources proposed for the 2018-2019 biennium for the Department of Global Communications amount to $186,219,500.

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