The news and media department prepares information and news releases on priority areas and UN activities. He is engaged in establishing partnerships with media organizations and other target audiences. The department also promotes the work of journalists and UN news agencies.

News and Information Sector

The latest news Services Section provides the latest news on the activities of the UN system and manages the main news portal of the Organization, the UN News Center in English and French, which provides quick access to a variety of news products and resources. The main thematic and support products developed and maintained by the Section include thematic news and search databases of keynote speeches by the Secretary-General, as well as newsletters via e-mail, RSS feeds, interviews, news quizzes and photo materials.

The video section prepares television programs and videos on a wide range of priority topics and issues on the UN agenda, including climate change, the Millennium Development Goals, human rights and gender-based violence. The 21st Century and UN in Action series are broadcast by UN partners in many countries around the world, and in New York on the 150th Time Warner Channel or via the UN webcast. In addition, video on a wide range of issues is also available to viewers on the UN channel on YouTube.

Operational Services Sector

The Meeting Coverage Section prepares, in both print and electronic form, press releases in English and French that cover official meetings and other UN activities at Headquarters and at conferences in other countries. The section also prepares background materials on important meetings and other information materials for the media. The Section distributes printed and electronic presentations and statements by the Secretary-General and his first deputy, as well as information on the official activities of the Secretary-General.

  • News monitoring team monitors global media regarding the news about the UN, its employees, international events, as well as the matters within the purview of the Organization, to prepare a compilation for distribution by e-mail to the Secretary-General, as well as among senior officials and employees UN.

Media Accreditation Unit and Interaction with them (GASV) provides communications and accreditation services for journalists covering UN activities at Headquarters and at major UN conferences abroad. It reviews applications and verifies the authenticity of credentials and necessary documents from representatives of the press, photo, film and electronic media and television. Assists in media reporting of UN activities within the framework of the relevant instructions; and manages the stipulation of facilities like office space and equipment to accredited journalists. The Media Documentation Center, which is part of the GASV, distributes UN documents, press releases and statements by the member states directly among accredited journalists.

The television team provides daily live broadcasts to highlight events and events at UN Headquarters, from General Assembly meetings, the Security Council and rest of the United Nations bodies, to international press briefings and conferences. The group provides live broadcasts of meetings and other major events that are used by international broadcasters and television news agencies. Daily news kits, reports and interviews with experts from organizations of the UN system all over the world are distributed through the UNifeed system, which is constantly updated for six days a week. Event coverage live and on demand is also available via webcast.