News and media

Media outreach is essential to successfully fulfilling the United Nations Information Centre’s (UNIC’s) core function of communicating information about the work of the United Nations to governments, civil society and the world at large.

As part of its media outreach, UNIC Canberra organizes press conferences, disseminates timely information to the media, and helps design information strategies. To stay up to date signup to UNIC Canberra Newsletter.

Key UN media-related links are:

UN News Centre – official United Nations news service with the latest UN news from the Headquarters and around the world.

Highlights of Noon Briefing – daily highlights from the noon briefing prepared by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Full transcripts of the briefings can be found here.

UN Daily Journal – complete picture and an historical record of the life of United Nations Headquarters on any given day – what meetings are being held, when and where, what topics are being discussed and what documents are the basis of those discussions.

Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General – latest from the Spokesperson’s office including readouts, statements, and off the cuff remarks.

Media Alert – latest media alert announcing meetings, press briefings and events from the UN Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit.

Notes to correspondents – latest note to correspondents prepared by the Office of the Secretary-General.

UN Meetings Coverage & Press Releases – latest press releases as well as transcripts and summaries of meetings and press conferences.

UN Conferences, Meetings & Events – latest information on major UN conferences, meetings & events around the world.

UN Calendar of Conferences and Meetings – calendar of conferences and meetings of the United Nations is prepared by the Meetings Management Section of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management. It is then reviewed by the Committee on Conferences and approved by the General Assembly. Select to view meetings by Date, Venue, and Year.

Daily Schedule of the Secretary-General – daily working schedule of the UN Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-Moon.

Security Council Programme of Work – daily as well as monthly programme and agenda of the Security Council meetings.

Security Council Meetings Records – formal meetings of the Security Council are entitled to verbatim coverage. The preparatory work for formal meetings is conducted in informal consultations for which no public record exists. Note: Press releases also provide a summary of the Security Council meetings as well as the unofficial text of the resolutions and presidential statements adopted at the meetings. However, it is important to remember that press releases are not considered official records.

General Assembly Meetings – latest meeting schedules, summaries and agenda of the General Assembly.

Meetings and Events of ECOSOC – information on the upcoming meetings and events of the Economic and Social Council, and the annual sessions of its subsidiary bodies.

UN Multimedia – latest radio, photo, audio and video coverage of the work of the United Nations.

UN Webcast – live and on-demand web telecasts of meetings, conferences and events as well as pre-recorded 24 Hours programming.

UN Office at Geneva – latest news and information from the United Nations Office at Geneva. A focal point for multilateral diplomacy, UNOG services more than 8,000 meetings every year, making it one of the busiest conference centres in the world.

Department of Global Communications – DGC is dedicated to 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.

UN Member States on Record – official documents reflecting the views of United Nations Member States.

UN Creative Community Outreach Initiative – acts as a liaison between the UN and studios, producers, directors, writers and other content creators.

UNESCO’s Photobank – UNESCO’s online photolibrary displays thousands of photos on the Organization’s activities. You can choose the images that interest you and see the information you need for each one of them on your screen.