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Chair of 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference Leads Discussions with Civil Society at UN

The Department of Public Information (DPI) welcomed Ms. Winnie Byanyima and members of Oxfam International to discuss her role as Chair of the 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference. Ms. Byanyima expressed her excitement about the upcoming conference and her involvement in the planning process.

The SDGs Report 2018

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a globa

Op-ed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres for Impact Journalism Day

Three years ago, world leaders unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Negotiating this framework for a better future and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals spanned three years and involved hundreds of meetings, thousands of documents and millions of people.  That was the easy part.  The harder work is now under way: bringing the blueprint to life.

Countries back ‘ambitious and comprehensive’ reform of UN development system

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday gave the green light to a bold new plan to make sustainable development a reality, described by UN chief António Guterres as “the most ambitious and comprehensive transformation of the UN development system in decades.” 

The UN Secretary-General said the reform package paved the way for a new era of “national ownership” of develo

Goal of the Week: SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

Announcements for the Week of 28 May 2018

Announcements for the Week of 28 May 2018 

Goal 5 Gender Equality

Goal of the Week: Goal 5 Gender Equality

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

SDG4 Quality Education

Goal of the Week: SDG4 - Quality Education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

SDG3 Good Health and Well-being

Goal of the Week: SDG3 - Good Health and Well-being

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Important note for NGOs applying for Association with DPI

Important note for NGOs applying for Association with the United Nations Department of Public Information


Goal of the Week: SDG 2 Zero Hunger

Rapid economic growth and increased agricultural productivity over the past two decades have seen the number of undernourished people drop by almost half. Many developing countries that used to suffer from famine and hunger can now meet the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable. Central and East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean have all made huge progress in eradicating extreme hunger.

Goal of the Week: Goal 1 NO POVERTY

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990. While this is a remarkable achievement, one in five people in developing regions still live on less than $1.90 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount, plus many people risk slipping back into poverty.

Imprisoned Egyptian photojournalist to receive UN press freedom prize

A photojournalist who has been in jail for nearly five years after being arrested for covering a demonstration in Cairo has been selected to receive this year’s press freedom prize from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The 67th DPI/NGO Conference - Save the Date

Save the Date!The 67th UN DPI/NGO ConferenceDates: 22 - 23 August 2018 Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York. Pre-registration is now open!

Civil society in forefront of struggle for gender parity, Guterres tells special townhall meeting at UN

The United Nations has embarked on an initiative to address the male-dominated power structure within its own ranks and now has more women than men in the senior management team, Secretary-General António Guterres told civil society activists on Tuesday.

Video: China's Xiamen Airlines promotes UN sustainable development message with new aircraft

31 Jan 2018 -  China's Xiamen Airlines has partnered with the United Nations to promote the Sustainable Development Goals. Officials from both organizations attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the North Charleston Boeing plant where a newly-designed Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner bearing the message of the Goals was unveiled.

The UN in style: DPI and sustainable fashion

Source: UN iSeek

The Department of Public Information (DPI) and the non-governmental organizations (NGO) community teamed up to discuss the subject of sustainable fashion practices on 16 November in a DPI/NGO Briefing entitled, “Fashion and Sustainability: Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good”.

‘Don’t let adults off the hook, keep raising your voices;’ Kids ‘take over’ UN for World Children’s Day

20 November 2017 – It’s official, kids have taken over… at least for today – World Children’s Day – celebrated annually on 20 November, which this year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and also saw young people take over roles in government, media, and even at the United Nations, to raise awareness about issues important to them.

Woman peacekeeper wins the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year award

Source: UN News

New York/Vancouver, 15 November 2017 – A UN peacekeeper from South Africa was today awarded the United Nations’ Military Gender Advocate of the Year in Vancouver, Canada.

2017 Annual Review is now open

2017 Annual Review is now open

The 2017 Annual Review for DPI-associated NGOs is now open. The priority deadline to submit your Annual Review is 15 December 2017.

Talented youth send messages of peace from Lebanon to the world

Source: UN iSeek

Over twenty young talents from Lebanon staged live performances in an art talent show organized for the International Day of Peace.  Under the patronage of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut and Badghan Cultural Club, the Media Association for Peace (MAP) celebrated peace day in a show that sent a message of openness and peace from Lebanon to the world.

Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Guterres says women and youth can unleash continent’s potential

16 October 2017 – Africa must focus on young people, empower women and girls, and be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday as the United Nations kicked off Africa Week.

In Kyoto, Japanese comedians tackle UN Global Goals

13 October 2017 – Japanese comedians on Friday competed to make people laugh by weaving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their performance at a United Nations-supported special event in Kyoto, the country's cultural centre.

Creating a healthy workplace improves mental wellbeing and productivity – UN

Source: United Natioins News Centre story 

10 October 2017 – People spend a large proportion of time at work, where experiences there factor into their overall wellbeing, the United Nations said on World Mental Health Day, noting that depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively.

11 October - International Day of the Girl Child

The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception.

Interview: In Fighting for Girls’ Education, UN advocate Malala Yousafzai finds her purpose

Source: UN News. Read the article  

5 October 2017 – More than 260 million children, adolescents and youth are out of school around the world, according to the United Nations. Despite some progress in achieving gender equality in the world’s poorest countries, far more girls than boys still do not have access to a quality education,

Literacy project for refugees - 'small actions ripple big'

In July and August 2017, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut provided support, coordination, and training services to youth volunteers from the international non-profit organization AIESEC.

The activity was part of the MyBookshelf: Language and Cultural Program for Refugees project to teach the English language through learning and cultural activities. It also helps promote cultural understanding.

UN Secretary-General's Remarks at Peace Day Student Observance

15 September 2017Remarks at Peace Day Student ObservanceAntónio Guterres

I am very happy to see so many youth, so many young people here at the United Nations. I think the United Nations has not been able until now to truly reengage with young generations.

15 NGOs Associated with UN DPI on 23 June 2017

Press Release NGO/858-PI/2208 - 23 JUNE 2017

Committee Approves 15 Non-Governmental Organizations for Association with United Nations Department of Public Information

2016 Annual Review

The deadline for the 2016 Annual Review exercise has been extended to 13 January 2017.

Please visit the link below for more information and instructions on this year’s exercise.


2016 Orientation

2016 DPI/NGO Orientation Programme

The NGO Relations & Advocacy Section is hosting a two day Orientation Programme from 3 to 4 March 2016. This two day event aims to introduce newly DPI-associated NGOs, as well as recently appointed representatives of DPI-associated NGOs, to the work and services offered by DPI and the United Nations at large.

2014 Nobel Laureate

DPI/NGO Special Briefing with 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi

Ending Child Slavery by 2030

Working Together to Give 168 Million Children the Future They Deserve