United Nations and NGOs
Non-governmental organizations have been partners of the Department of Public Information (DPI) since its establishment in 1947. Official relationships between DPI and NGOs date back to 1968. The Economic and Social Council in its resolution 1297 called on DPI to associate NGOs with effective information programmes in place and thus disseminate information about issues on the UN’s agenda and the work of the Organization. Through associated NGOs DPI seeks to reach people around the world and help them better understand the work and aims of the United Nations.
Each year, the UN holds an NGO conference to bring together the NGOs that are associated with the United Nations Department of Public information on a central theme. 2011's conference was held in Bonn, Germany with a theme of “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens”. Click here to visit the NGO Conference website.