United Nations Information Centres (UNICs)

Centres d'Information des Nations Unies

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As branch offices of Department of Public Information (DPI), and became the first field offices of United Nations (UN). Among the first cities where UNICs were established, 1946-1947, were: Geneva (Switzerland); Mexico City (Mexico); Moscow (Russia); Delhi (India); Prague (Czech Rep); Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Washington DC (USA). Among most recent UNICs set up are: Pretoria (South Africa) and Warsaw (Poland), 1995; Sanaa (Yemen), 1994; Windhoek (Namibia), 1992. The United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC), Brussels (Belgium), was established in 2004, and services Western Europe; it replaces 9 UN Information Centres based in Europe.


Promote greater public understanding of, and support for, the aims and activities of the United Nations by disseminating information on the work of the Organization to people everywhere, especially in developing countries.

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UNICs: serve as local focal point in their countries for information outreach programmes. They: organize press conferences, educational seminars, and exhibits to promote special UN observances and campaigns, major reports and global conferences; arrange for translation and adaptation of UN information materials into local languages; build local partnerships with government offices, national and local media, NGOs, educational institutions and national library services to promote public awareness and support for the UN; organize Model United Nations Conferences and media training programmes; support education curriculum development; disseminate UN information material, posting local language publications and information on the Internet; maintain UN reference libraries providing access to UN print and audio-visual materials; provide feedback on national and regional media coverage of UN activities and developments; provide communication support and handle media liaison for UN Secretary-General and other UN officials during visits. UNICs are active members of United Nations Country Teams (UNCT), composed of agencies of the UN family in the field. They often play a leading role in coordinating joint information and communication activities and in creation and functioning of inter-agency UN Communications Groups, thus reinforcing the projection of a unified and coherent image of the UN to the public at the national and regional levels. UNICs receive administrative and programme support from the Information Centres Service (ICS), Department of Public Information.


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  • Information
    • Reference
  • International Relations
    • United Nations

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality Education



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