About Association with the Department of Public Information
Non-governmental organizations have been partners of the Department of Public Information (DPI) since its establishment in 1947. Official relationships between DPI and NGOs date back to 1968. The Economic and Social Council in its resolution 1297 called on DPI to associate NGOs with effective information programmes in place and thus disseminate information about issues on the UN’s agenda and the work of the Organization. Through associated NGOs DPI seeks to reach people around the world and help them better understand the work and aims of the United Nations.
DPI/NGO Relations is part of the Department’s Outreach Division and acts as its liaison between the United Nations and NGOs and other civil society organizations. It oversees partnerships with associated NGOs and provides a wide range of information services to them. These include weekly NGO briefings, Communications Workshops, an Annual NGO Conference and an Annual Orientation Programme for newly associated NGOs.
Currently there are 1,392 NGOs with strong information programmes associated with DPI out of which over 600 also have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). While ECOSOC NGOs' work covers issues on the agenda of ECOSOC, association with DPI also requires having effective information programmes in place and the ability and means to disseminate information about the work of the United Nations.