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United Nations Department of Global Communications
AbbreviationDGC
Formation13 February 1946; 77 years ago (1946-02-13)
Legal statusActive
Head
Under-Secretary-General of Global Communications
Melissa Fleming
since 2019
Parent organization
United Nations Secretariat
WebsiteDGC on www.un.org

The United Nations Department of Global Communications (DGC) (prior to 1 January 2019, the United Nations Department of Public Information)[1] is a department of the Secretariat of the United Nations. It is tasked with raising public awareness and support of the work of the United Nations through strategic communications campaigns, media and relationships with civil society groups.[2]

Mission

The mission of the Department is "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, development and human rights for all."[3]

In 2018, Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN, was Chairman of the United Nations Committee on Information, a subsidiary body of the United Nations General Assembly established to deal with questions relating to public information.[4] The Committee oversees the work of the United Nations Department of Global Communications.[4]

Divisions

The Department aims to accomplish this through its three Divisions:

The Strategic Communications Division (SCD)

The Strategic Communications Division formulates and launches global information campaigns on United Nations issues to help support the goals of the Organisation.[5]

The Division also manages its network of 63 United Nations Information Centres around the world. These centres are responsible for promoting greater public understanding of, and support, for the aims and activities of the United Nations by disseminating information to the public. It achieves this by:[6]

The News and Media Division (NMD)

The News and Media Division works with partners in global media to disseminate information on the United Nations and its work.[7] This includes dissemination in various formats, including: television, radio and Internet.

The Departments services include:[7]

The News and Media Division includes the UN News Centre.[7] In 2002, when the News Centre was under the Department of Public Information, it launched an email-based United Nations News Service.[8]

The Outreach Division (OD)

The Outreach Division works to foster global dialogue between academia, civil society, the entertainment industry, educators and students to encourage support for the goals of the United Nations.[9]

This Division serves the broadest audience through:

Other services

The United Nations Development Business (UNDB) was launched in 1978 as a news source for information about procurements.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Department of Global Communications". UNTERM. Retrieved 4 November 2023.
  2. ^ "About Us". www.un.org. 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  3. ^ "About Us". United Nations Department of Global Communications. United Nations. Archived from the original on 2018-12-12. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Committee on Information; Statement by the Chair, delivered by H.E. Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of Austria; New York, 1 May 2018"
  5. ^ "Strategic Communications Division". United Nations Department of Global Communications. United Nations. Archived from the original on 2018-12-16. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Who we are". United Nations Information Centre. United Nations. n.d. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "News & Media Division". United Nations Department of Global Communications. United Nations. Archived from the original on 2018-12-15. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  8. ^ "DPI LAUNCHES UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE BY E-MAIL; UN NEWS CENTRE WEB SITE IS UPGRADED" (Press release). United Nations Information Service. 4 April 2002.
  9. ^ "Outreach Division". United Nations Department of Global Communications. United Nations. Archived from the original on 2018-12-15. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Our History". UNDB. Retrieved 2023-10-08.