United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
Promoting Awareness of UN and its Work in Turkey
Who we are
The network of 63 United Nations Information Centres (UNICs) are key to the Organization’s ability to reach the peoples of the world and to share the United Nations story with them. These centres, working in coordination with the UN system, reach out to the media and educational institutions, engage in partnerships with governments, local civil society organizations and the private sector, and maintain libraries and electronic information resources.
United Nations Information Centres are the principal sources of information about the United Nations system in the countries where they are located. UNICs are responsible for promoting 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.
The network of UNICs is one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations tells its story to the world. They give global messages a local accent and help bring the UN closer to the people it serves.
Information Centres are part of the Department of Global Communications. The first two UNICs were established in 1946. At present, there are 63 Information Centres, Services (UNIS) and Offices (UNOs) worldwide.
What we do
The United Nations Information Centres (UNICs), Services and Offices, located in 63 countries worldwide, link the United Nations with people around the world, disseminating global UN messages to local audiences.
UNICs maintain contacts with national and regional media in the country/countries where they operate, disseminate background information and press materials to the media, place op-eds and feature articles, arrange interviews and organize press conferences and briefings.
UNICs offer products and services such as newsletters, libraries, videos, web sites and internet facilities. The centres often work with civil society in promoting a variety of issues through seminars, exhibits and other activities.
Observances and Anniversaries
UNICs also participate in observances of international days, years and decades. Commemorations take many forms and may include presentations involving national or local dignitaries, workshops, seminars, educational programmes, sporting events, and musical performances.
UNIC in Turkey
The UNIC Ankara Office, working with the UN Communications Group in Turkey, promotes awareness of the UN’s priority issues through media events, interviews, press conferences, and feature articles. Additionally, UNIC Ankara carries out information management duties on enquiries about the UN System.