Learn more about the UN’s creative outreach initiative

The UN’s Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI) acts as a liaison between the United Nations and movie studios, producers, directors, writers and other content creators.

The UN strives to improve human lives everywhere in the world and the Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI) – building on successful collaborations with films such as The Interpreter and Che – exists to help film and television professionals shine a light on the people and the issues that matter to us all.

CCOI is the first point of entry in the UN for the international entertainment industry. We provide film, new media, television, and documentary professionals around the world with access to information about the work of the UN and its priority issues. The UN system is represented in every corner of the world, and CCOI provides a gateway to UN Headquarters, its field operations and UN agencies.

One of the latest collaborations has been a film which tells the story of the independence of Timor-Leste through the eyes of its first First Lady, Kirsty Sword.  The UN worked with the filmmakers on facilitating logistical support from the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste and gaining access to archival footage. You can read more about this on the United Nations official blog.


What CCOI can assist with:

  • Facilitating filming at UN locations
  • Acting as a clearinghouse for legal issues, including use of the UN name and emblem
  • Providing access to UN experts on global issues – including peace and security, human rights, the environment, gender equality and development
  • Facilitating access to the extensive collection of UN archival film and photos
  • Advising on script authenticity as it pertains to the work of the UN and its issues
  • Assisting with research on UN issues and storylines

Visit the CCOI’s new website, there is also additional information on the initiative here.