NGOs have been partners of the UN Department of Public information (DPI) since its establishment in 1947. The NGO Section of DPI is part of its Outreach Division, which provides a range of information services to civil society and other partners, including the academic community, educational institutions and the public at large. It also offers opportunities for views and ideas from these sectors to be considered by the United Nations.
Around the world, DPI helps over 1,500 NGOs to access and disseminate information about issues central to the UN, such as peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, humanitarian affairs and international law. This builds knowledge and support at the grassroots level and enables the public to better understand the aims and objectives of the UN. NGOs eligible for association with DPI are those which share the ideals of the UN Charter, operate solely on a not-for-profit basis, have a demonstrated interest in UN issues and a proven ability to reach large or specialized audiences such as educators, media representatives, policy makers and the business community. They must also have the commitment and means to conduct effective information Programmes about UN activities.
UNIC works with a number of NGOs in Kenya that are dealing with key issues relating to the UN Agenda. They include:
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List of NGOs in Kenya working with UNIC:
- The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)
- The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)
- The Indigenous Information Network (IIN)
- Women Fighting Aids In Kenya (WOFAK)
- New Sudanese Indigenous NGO’s Network (NESI – Network)
- International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (AMURT – Switzerland)
- HelpAge Kenya