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Details about Briefings

Groups of 20 or more participants taking a guided tour can also request a 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. The UN Speakers’ Bureau can also facilitate outside speaking engagements and video conferences.

In-house Briefings

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

  • Briefings are appropriate for a range of groups, including students (high school and above), educators, civic and business leaders, NGOs, etc. Please note that 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.

  • For every 20 people, there is an administrative fee of $40.00 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.

* Kindly note that as of 1 May 2020, the briefing admin fee is changing. The new briefing admin fee will be $5.00 per person.

* 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

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

    • 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. 

      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. 

    Briefings via Video-Conference/Skype

    • To request a briefing via VTC or Skype, click HERE.

    • If you are unable to visit UN Headquarters or to host a speaker, we can connect you to a speaker via VTC or Skype. 

    • Requests must be made a minimum of 8 weeks in advance. 

    • Costs apply for the use of VTC equipment.