What is UNIC ?
- UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications
The network of 63 United Nations Information Centres are key to the Organization’s ability to reach the peoples of the world and to share the United Nations story with them in their own languages. 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 electronic information resources.
Message from UNIC Tokyo
The United Nations is engaged in a diverse range of activities around the globe. Peacekeeping operations (PKO) and humanitarian aid including assistance to refugees and disaster relief are among the best-known examples, but they do not tell the whole story. The world is filled with global challenges that cannot be addressed by any single country – sustainable development, conflict prevention, environmental protection, human rights, and the fight against terrorism, to name but a few. These challenges are closely related to the lives of everyone. We sincerely hope that the information provided by UNIC Tokyo on the various activities of the UN Family will help people in the community take up the global challenges being tackled by the UN as “their own issues” and ask themselves how they can help solve those issues.
As the only United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Northeast Asia, UNIC Tokyo has been serving as a communication arm of the UN for over 50 years since its establishment in April 1958. From the flood of information provided every day by the UN Headquarters, UNIC Tokyo selects topics of interest to the Japanese people and distributes them in Japanese, acting rather like a “sommelier” on their behalf. We translate key resolutions and the Secretary-General’s messages for publication through various channels, including websites, e-mail, Facebook and blogs. We also focus on outreach activities, providing guidance on visits to the UN, and organizing events for middle and high school students.
Other key functions of UNIC Tokyo include organizing press conferences and interviews for the Secretary-General and other senior UN officials visiting Japan, and contributing articles to the press on critical issues facing the UN. In the autumn of 2013, the media covered extensively the visit of the UN Outreach Mission, a team of human resource officers from the UN Family, to provide recruitment information for Japanese people hoping to work for the UN.
In communicating information about UN activities, we constantly seek to represent “the United Nations with a human face.” We aim to show the UN not only as an organization, but also through the lens of people working for it. We will continue providing clear information, making the most of visual materials including pictures and images.
We look forward to your continued support in the future.