Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some of the most popular questions you have asked us. If you do not see answers to your questions here or have additional enquiries please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

• Where and to whom should I address general queries?

For general enquiries please use the form in the Contact Us section of this website and select General in the subject tab.

• Where can I obtain a directory of all DPI-Associated NGOs?

Use the Directory link provided in the Membership page to retrieve a full directory of DPI-Associated NGOs. Additionally, you can search by category and create lists of DPI-Associated NGOs by country, region, field of work, ECOSOC Consultative Status, as well as several other options.

• My NGO is organizing an event. Can we use the UN emblem?

No. NGOs (including those associated with DPI and or in consultative status with ECOSOC) are not allowed to use the UN emblem in connection with their activities. However, under guidelines provided by the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) there are certain conditions under which a modified version of the UN emblem may be authorized; for example, specific events, organized by an NGO associated with DPI, such as a conference on issues relating to the UN. Such permission, if granted, would be limited to the event in question and would therefore have a limited duration.

The conditions for use of a modified UN emblem would be provided in a letter by the Office of Legal Affairs, including the duration, size and manner of placement of the modified UN emblem.

Requests to use the modified emblem should be addressed to:

Director, General Legal Division,
Office of Legal Affairs,
Room M13019, United Nations,
New York, NY 10017- USA

Unauthorized use of the UN logo may be grounds for disassociation.

Looking for the rules which govern the use of the UN emblem on documents and publications? Visit

• How do I apply for an internship with the NGO Relations Cluster or other areas in the UN?

All candidates interested in becoming interns must apply for internships through a system known as Inspira. To apply for an internship job opening interested applicants must complete an on-line personal history profile (PHP) in Inspira. Applicants, at the time of application and during the internship period must be enrolled in a graduate programme (second university degree or higher). More details on what makes you eligible to apply can be found on under the subject title “Internship Programme”

• How can we order a specific publication?

To request a specific publication please fill out the contact us form, selecting General Enquiries and indicating in the body of your message the name of requested publication, or call +1 212 963 7233 for more information.

• Are the briefings open to the public?

No they are not. The Thursday Briefings are open to members of the NGO community either those associated with the Department of Public Information or in Consultative Status with ECOSOC. NGOs may bring guests unless otherwise indicated in the weekly Thursday Briefing Invite sent online to NGOs each Friday. The Invite contains background information on the topic being discussed.

• How do I get guest passes for the Thursday briefings?

You need to request guest passes in writing at least 48 hours in advance. A letter must be written on your organization’s letterhead and addressed to the DPI/NGO Resource Centre.  We will send you an e-mail confirming that we have received and approved/decline your request.  Guests will be able to pick up their passes on the day of the Briefing at the entrance to the UN complex in New York. Please visit our website regularly as we publish there the most  updated information available on the location of the Briefings. For Thursday Briefings held outside the UN premises, guest passes are not required.

• I want to submit my Annual Review but I do not know if my organization has a profile in the CSO Net. How can I find out if my organization has one, and if so, where can I obtain the login information to access it?

All DPI-Associated NGOs have an active profile in the CSO Net. You can request your username and password by visiting the CSO Net page and selecting the option “Request username/password for CSOs, including NGOs”. An e-mail with your user name and password will be sent to the electronic address of your NGO which you have provided.

• My organization has consultative status with ECOSOC. Do we still need to submit the Annual Review?

Yes. All DPI-Associated NGOs must submit an Annual Review, regardless of whether or not they have Consultative Status with ECOSOC.

• Who can participate in the Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference?

All NGOs may participate in the annual UN DPI/NGO Conference. NGOs associated with DPI and or in Consultative Status with ECOSOC are automatically eligible to register for the conference by virtue of their partnership status. Those NGOs which are not associated with DPI or in Consultative Status with ECOSOC will need an endorsement letter from the UN Agency or Programme co-sponsoring the Conference with DPI, or the United Nations Information Centre in the region where the headquarters of the NGO is located. For further information visit the official UN DPI/NGO Conference Website.

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