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Details about Briefings

Briefings are appropriate for a range of groups, including students (high school and above), educators, civic and business leaders, NGOs, etc. Groups of 20 participants or more may request an online briefing from a UN expert on a range of topics, from peacekeeping and human rights to the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as a general overview of the work of the Organization and its history. Those visiting the UN Headquarters and taking a guided tour can also request an in-house briefing. The UN Speakers’ Bureau can also facilitate outside speaking engagements at your location.

In line with official recommendations amidst the current disease (COVID 19) outbreak, the United Nations Headquarters will remain closed until further notice. In the meantime, the UN Speakers Bureau is committed to continue its outreach work through online briefings. In-house briefings and outside speaking engagements will resume when possible and travel restrictions are lifted.

Online Briefings

Online briefings are available. 

  • Requests must be made a minimum of 4 weeks in advance

  • To request an online briefing, click HERE.



  • Briefings at the United Nations Headquarters or in-house briefings are available only in combination with a guided tour.

  • Please request your briefing a minimum of 6 weeks in advance.

  • Briefings at UN Headquarters are available on weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • The briefing admin fee is $5.00 per person per day.

  • For larger groups, audio-video equipment and technical assistance may be required, and costs may apply. 

  • If you wish to arrange a briefing with a Member State of the United Nations or a Permanent Observer, please contact the Permanent Mission directly.

  • While we make every effort to accommodate your requests, briefing arrangements are subject to change or cancelation in case of unforeseen events.

  • To request an in-house briefing, please purchase your guided tour tickets HERE and follow the instructions in your confirmation email.

* Please note that due to the temporary unavailability of larger conference rooms at United Nations Headquarters, we are currently able only to accommodate briefing requests for groups of 40 participants, or less. Please note that for operational reasons it is also not possible to split larger groups into smaller segments for the time being. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Outside Speaking Engagements (TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED)

    • Request a United Nations expert to speak at your location or school on a range of UN topics. 

    • Please request your briefing a minimum of 8 weeks in advance. 

    • Generally, a minimum of 100 participants is required (unless UN4U, see below). 

    • While UN speakers may not accept honoraria, the inviting organization covers the speaker’s travel, terminal expenses, lodging and hospitality costs, if applicable. 

    • To request a briefing at your location, click HERE.

      What is UN4U? 
      • UN4U engages youth to take an interest in global issues by providing UN officials to visit high schools and some middle schools. Through UN4U, expert speakers travel to your school in New York City (all five boroughs) and the Tri-State area to share their knowledge of the United Nations and a range of specialized topics.