How the United Nations Information Centres (UNICs) came into being.
The United Nations was founded in 1945 on the conviction that the nations of the world can and should cooperate to resolve conflicts peacefully and change people’s lives for the better. More than 65 years later and with a record of genuine establishments, the United Nations remains fully committed to these principles.
The activities of the United Nations are not merely limited to the preservation of international peace and security but they encompass all political, economic, social, cultural and human dimensions of world peace. To perform these responsibilities, the United Nations has established its specialized agencies and auxiliary organizations with their necessary departments to channel their expertise and resource into practical programmes.
The Department of Public Information (DPI) was established by the United Nations at its Headquarters in New York for the purpose of informing the world about the work and activities of the UN. In order to extend its activities to various parts of the world, the Department set up a network of United Nations Information Centres (UNICs) around the world whose activities are closely coordinated by DPI to ensure that all peoples of the world are adequately informed about the United Nations.
The Network of United Nations Information Centres (UNICs), located in 63 countries worldwide, connect the United Nations in New York with people around the world by disseminating global UN messages to local audiences.
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Manama was established in 1977 to provide information services about the United Nations to three countries, namely Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. UNIC Manama is headed by the Director who is responsible for the Centre’s activities. The Director plays a key role in bringing the United Nations closer to the public and official opinions in the Gulf region through daily interactions with media, government officials, academia and civil society.
Role of UNICs
UNICs are a reliable source of up-to-date information about the UN, delivering information in their respective countries to a wide range of people, including journalists, government officials, civil society representatives, NGOs, students, educators and researchers.
UNICs maintain contacts with national and regional media in the countries/regions where they operate, disseminate background information, brochures, leaflets, posters, video messages and press materials to the media, place op-eds and feature articles, arrange interviews and organize press conferences and briefings. They also work with the UN Country Team and local UN partners to establish a coordinated communications strategy for the countries/regions they serve to publicize priority issues and major observances and events.
UNICs also participate in observances of international days, years and decades through events/activities such as presentations involving national or local dignitaries, workshops, seminars, educational programmes, sporting events, and musical performances.