Public Information Office

The integrated strategic framework and the management plan of the United Nations Secretary-General Special Representative for Iraq identified communications as a priority area of action to promote the image of the United Nations as an impartial partner of the Iraqi people and to foster dialogue on important topics for the Iraqi society.

The main task of the Public Information Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is to provide advice, plan and implement communications activities aimed at Iraqi society and at external and internal stakeholders to strengthen the understanding of the role of UNAMI and the United Nations in the country, as well as a better understanding of Iraq within the United Nations. More specifically, the Public Information Office promotes the Mission’s role in assisting Iraq in achieving national reconciliation, resolving internal boundary disputes, strengthening its governmental institutions, engaging neighbouring countries, promoting the protection of human rights, aiding vulnerable groups and bringing about judicial and legal reform.

The Public Information Office leads the implementation of the integrated mission’s public information strategy, as well as public information and outreach activities in Iraq, including the commemoration of United Nations Days, and supports the substantive sections and United Nations Country Team members in their outreach activities. To reach its target audiences (the Iraqi population and media, the Iraqi authorities, the international media, donor countries and United Nations staff), the Office uses the capacity of the Spokesperson, media relations, media monitoring, video and photography, social media, outreach, publications and the UN Iraq website.

In light of the role played by social media in the ongoing developments in the Arab world and its impact on the regional context, UNAMI consolidates its presence on sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and implements a social media strategy to reach a large and diverse audience.

The Public Information Office is headed by a Director of Public Information/Spokesperson, supported by a Deputy Director of Public Information/Deputy Spokesperson, and 15 international and national staff.

The Public Information Office is present in Baghdad, Erbil, Kirkuk and, at a later stage, in Mosul.

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