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

Oct 2009 - Feb 2010 | DPI

DPI produced and disseminated in all its media outlets information on United Nations work to eliminate violence against women. These products were used by global broadcast and journalistic partners and were made available to the general public.Working in the six UN official languages as well as Kiswahili and Portuguese, UN Radio covered the issue of violence against women in news reports, interviews, and feature programmes.

Oct 2009 - Feb 2010 | DPI

In November, DPI launched a re-designed UNiTE website so as to engage visitors, in particular through creating and linking to social media platforms for the campaign. For the tenth anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, DPI publicized and contributed to the organization of the launch of the Secretary-General’s “Network of Men Leaders” at UN Headquarters, through the production of information materials, including a press kit, campaign banners and pins.

Oct 2008 - Feb 2009 | DPI

On 17 November 2008, the Secretary-General appointed Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron as United Nations Messenger of Peace, tasked with promoting efforts to end violence against women. DPI facilitated a press conference in New York to announce the appointment, in which Ms. Theron participated. The event had extensive media coverage. DPI also undertook activities to promote the campaign on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Mar 2013 - Feb 2014 | DPI

The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) supported and facilitated activities carried across the System for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), as well as for the V-Day “One Billion Rising for Justice” initiative in February 2013. On the occasion of the International Day, a partnership was established with Google to include on their homepage a special “doodle” linking to DPI’s International Day website.

Mar 2012 - Feb 2013 | DPI

DPI continues to raise awareness globally on the UN’s efforts to address violence against women through various information dissemination mechanisms, including: articles published in the delegate; activities undertaken through the United Nations Information Centres across the globe (e.g. Azerbaijan, Ghana and Panama); the Messengers for Peace programme and Chelize Theron’s advocacy on the issue; publications (e.g. “The Future We Want"; "Involving the Forgotten: Widows and Global Sustainable Development," and "Delivering Justice"); the intra/internet (i.e.

Mar 2011 - Feb 2012 | DPI

DPI’s UN Radio produced a variety of programmes in the six UN official languages plus Kiswahili and Portuguese on the issue of violence against women (VAW), including features on gender selection of boys and a special programme on honour crimes in Jordan. UN Television covered the issue of violence against women in several of its features for the magazine programme 21st Century, including on a woman’s fight for justice in Bangladesh, and the fate of widows in India.

Mar 2011 - Feb 2012 | DPI

Both in the lead-up to the International Day and throughout the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, DPI highlighted ending violence against women and girls on its UN social media platforms – including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Sina Weibo – with related content posted on a daily basis.In all regions, DPI’s network of UN Information Centres organized numerous activities and events to mark the International Day, often in cooperation with government and civil society partners.

Mar 2011 - Feb 2012 | DPI

The Department of Public Information (DPI) was heavily involved in promotion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2011. DPI updated and developed new press and campaign materials, and the key message emphasized in media materials – the call for resources for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women – was picked up prominently in the media coverage. A short video, “Youth Voices on Ending Violence against Women”, was produced and launched ahead of the Day.

Mar 2010 - Sept 2010 | DPI

DPI promoted the 45th session of the Commission on the Status of Women/15-year review of the Beijing Platform and International Women’s Day 2010, including the issue of violence against women. The Department conducted media outreach and produced information materials, including a poster and information kits for media, delegates and civil society. The Department facilitated a four-week online discussion on “Women and the Media”, one week of which focused on violence against women journalists.