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The NGO Relations Unit is within the NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events Section of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). It is mandated to link the Organization with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are associated with DPI and support the department's efforts to disseminate information on the work and role of the UN. 

Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) perform a variety of services and humanitarian functions, bring citizens’ concerns to Governments, monitor policies and encourage political participation at the community level. They provide analysis and expertise, serve as early warning mechanisms and help monitor and implement international agreements, including Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Typically they are organized around specific issues, such as the UN pillars of peace and security, human rights and development. NGOs promote UN observances and international years and decades established by the General Assembly to focus world attention on important issues facing humanity. Their relationship with offices and agencies of the United Nations System differs depending on their location and mandate.

Over 1,450 NGOs with strong information programmes on issues of concern to the United Nations are currently in formal association with the Department of Public Information, giving the United Nations valuable links to people and communities around the world. DPI helps NGOs gain access to and disseminate information about the range of issues in which the United Nations is involved, to enable them to more effectively carry out their activities in support of the UN Charter, and raise awareness among the general public about the work of the Organization.

A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is organized on a local, national or international level. Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of services and humanitarian functions, bring citizens’ concerns to Governments, monitor policies and encourage political participation at the community level. They provide analysis and expertise, serve as early warning mechanisms and help monitor and implement international agreements. Some are organized around specific issues, such as human rights, the environment or health. Their relationship with offices and agencies of the United Nations System differs depending on their location and mandates.

Over 1,450 NGOs with strong information programmes on issues of concern to the United Nations are associated with the Department of Public Information (DPI), giving the United Nations valuable links to people around the world. DPI helps those NGOs gain access to and disseminate information about the range of issues in which the United Nations is involved, to enable the public to understand better the aims and objectives of the Organization.

What We Do

The Department of Public Information cooperates with NGOs whose mandates align with the goals and principles of the United Nations through a variety of initiatives.    

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For NGOs associated with DPI

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