The purpose of the Guidelines on Media Access at United Nations at Nairobi Headquarters is to grant as much access as possible to members of the media while safeguarding and protecting the United Nations complex in Gigiri, Kenya and ensuring the safety, security and comfort of all of its occupants: staff, delegates and media alike.
While ensuring safety and security is the starting point of policies at UNON, it is equally true that journalists play an essential role in the United Nations work and therefore their ability to cover United Nations activities must be facilitated to the greatest extent possible.
Accredited journalists who are granted access to UNON must abide by the policies in place. They are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in their interaction with other journalists, UN officials, and diplomats.
Where unexpected circumstances arise, the approach will be to avoid confrontation, maintain civility and find the fastest, safest and most secure acceptable solution. Those journalists who violate the ground rules on access may have their accreditation withdrawn or suspended.
Policies should be reviewed and revised if need be, and should be applied based on a spirit of mutual cooperation and respect for the two simultaneous requirements of security and access. Wider consultations with other parties may be held as needed.
Access to UNON
- All journalists are subject to security checks and screenings.
- Accredited journalists will be required to read these guidelines and sign an agreement that they will adhere to them.
- Temporary UN Media Cards:
Temporary UN Media Cards will be issued with the same guidelines for use for specific events. Holders are expected to read, sign and adhere to these guidelines.
- Open Meetings
a) Accredited journalists are permitted access to open meetings in designated areas within UNON conference
b) Accredited journalists should seek permission to film, record and interview diplomats and other officials.
Guidelines on Media Access at United Nations at Nairobi Headquarters
All UN Media ID Card holders acknowledge that the Organization reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists from media organizations whose activities run counter to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations or who abuse the privileges so extended or put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the Organization or established journalism ethics and standards.
In accepting a U.N. Media ID Card you are agreeing to the terms of these United Nations Media Guidelines
REQUEST FOR ACCREDITATION OF MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES
Note: This application must be presented with a letter of assignment from your news editor or bureau chief, original valid press card, passport or national identity card and one passport size photograph in order to be processed.