Department of Public Information
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Policy Framework
DPI was established in 1946, by General Assembly resolution 13 (I), to promote global awareness and understanding of the work of the United Nations.
The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) 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. Inform. Engage. Act.
UN News Centre

UNTV: 21st Century stories (Selected stories)
December 2013, Italy: Breaking the Slave Trade (human trafficking of women and girls)

UN Radio (selected stories)
UN expert meets with African women tricked into trafficking in Italy (December 2013)
Mail Address
United Nations, New York, NY 10017. USA
Areas of Work
DPI includes three Divisions, all of which are involved in their own capacity to promote the elimination of violence against women and girls.

The Strategic Communications Division formulates communications strategies on priority issues and launches global campaigns. The Division manages the network of 63 United Nations Information Centres and offices around the world that relay UN priorities locally. It also supports the public information components of peacekeeping missions, including in their communications work on women affected by armed conflict.

The News and Media Division produces and publishes news and information on the UN’s priorities and activities through radio, television, print, the Internet, video-conferencing and other media tools. It builds partnerships with media organizations and other target audiences. It helps and supports the work of journalists and news organizations covering the work of the United Nations.

The Outreach Division engages and educates people and their communities worldwide to encourage support for the ideals and activities of the United Nations.
Agency Type
Department of Public Information

Feb 2017 - Apr 2018 | DPI

The Department of Public Information’s Development Section worked closely with the European Union to launch a strategic partnership, called Spotlight, for ending violence against women and girls on 20 September 2017. This includes an initial pledge of EUR 500 million from the EU to finance programmes on EVAW. DPI developed a website as well as video, web and social media products to raise awareness and drive advocacy.

Mar 2014 - Mar 2016 | DPI

The Director of UNIC (United Nations Information Centres) New Delhi was the Guest of Honour at the launch of a campaign "Against Acid Violence", organised by Acid Survivors Foundation India (ASFI) at Juniper Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India. The National Director & CEO ASFI presented some alarming statistics that have been collected to show what a widely prevalent phenomenon this had become in India and gave an overview of the work of ASFI.  An acid attack survivor thanked ASFI for taking their voice to the world at large.

Mar 2014 - Mar 2016 | DPI

As part of activities marking the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence in Nigeria, UNIC (United Nations Information Centres)  in collaboration with International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and West African Women Association (WAWA) organized a seminar to explore the legal frameworks in support of women's rights. The seminar identified and addressed the causes of violence against women and the need to speak out, network and raise awareness.

Mar 2014 - Mar 2016 | DPI;
UN Women

UN Women with UNIC (United Nations Information Centres) on behalf of the UN System in Cameroon in partnership with the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) organized the official launching ceremony of 16 days activism within UNSG’s Orange Campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women”, on 25 November 2015, on the theme “from peace in the Home to peace in the world, make education safe for all”. The ceremony was presided by the Minister.

Mar 2014 - Mar 2016 | DPI

Within the framework of UN Secretary-General’s campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women”, UNIC (United Nations Information Centres) Beirut, Lebanon in partnership with the Theatre Club at the Balamand University in Lebanon produced a theatre play on the issue of violence against women targeting school students - a work that was fully supported and sponsored by the Lebanese Minister of Education and Higher Education.

Oct 2010 - Feb 2011 | DPI

The Department of Public Information’s UN News Centre covered Security Council action on violence against women, and violence against women in crisis or conflict situations, especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cote d'Ivoire. Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallstrom was also interviewed for a News Centre feature as part of the “Newsmakers” series.

Oct 2010 - Feb 2011 | DPI

The UN Television of the Department of Public Information covered the issue of violence against women in the following programmes: “Haiti: The Enemy Within”, on the situation of women and girls in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake; “Bosnia: Healing the Wounds of War”, on the legacy of wartime rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina; “Senegal: Beyond Tradition”, on female genital mutilation; and “Jordan: In the Name of Honour”, on the campaign against “honour” killings in Jordan.

Oct 2010 - Feb 2011 | DPI

The UN News Centre of the Department of the Department of Public Information continued its coverage of the global campaign to end violence against women, particularly in English and French. In these two languages alone, a total of 62 stories were written, covering the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and reports prepared by human rights officials and experts.Several social media platforms managed by the Department of Public Information, including the UN Twitter account (twitter.com/un) regularly featured content on violence against women.