UN Social Media Day: schedule and more

The first “UN Social Media Day” will take place at UN Headquarters in Conference Room 3 on Friday 30 January 2015. All are invited to join the conversation online by using the hashtag of the day: #SocialUN!

Anyone with a UN grounds pass is welcome to stop by for one session to to stay for a full day of panel discussions and briefings by high-profile speakers about the constantly changing social media landscape.

The event aims to provide participants with new knowledge and inspiration, as well as acting as a working guide to the exciting – and sometimes challenging – social media environment.

During three panel sessions, social media professionals, digital diplomacy practitioners, academics, and experts will share their experiences, discuss trends, showcase best-practices, and provide insights into their work.

The event will be opened by Maher Nasser, Acting Head of the Department of Public Information, followed by a keynote speech delivered by Adam Synder of Burson-Marsteller on the results of the latest “Twiplomacy” study.

The three panels will be:

  • “Tweeting from the Top: Ambassadors and Digital Diplomacy”
  • “Making the Most of Social Media Platforms,”
  • “Social Media Trends for 2015”

Three short talks will also take place showing how three different organisations have used the power of digital media to create online movements through strategic storytelling and community generated content.

A detailed programme with information on all panels and presentations can be found here.

To answer your questions about the use of social media, “Social Media Medics” will be available on-site to answer one-on-one questions. There will also be a chance to get a professional profile picture taken and meet staff members working on social media accounts at the UN throughout the day’s event.

While the event is primarily aimed at a UN audience, all panels and sessions will be webcast live via UN Webcast and on the UN YouTube channel.

This one-day event is jointly organised by the UN Department of Public Information’s Social Media Team, the Consulate General of Canada, the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, the New York Chapter of the Digital Diplomacy Coalition, the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations, the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations, and the Consulate General of Switzerland.

A short version of the programme can also be found here.

Get bios of all speakers here.


2015: Time for Global Action

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“2015 can and must be the time for global action”. 

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

In 2015, the world has an historic opportunity to chart a new era of sustainability, building on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals.

The MDGs – global targets agreed by countries in 2000 to address extreme poverty, promote education and prevent disease – have demonstrated the feats that can be accomplished when the international community work together. Extreme poverty has been halved, more children are going to school and investments in fighting malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis have saved millions.

Three high-level international meetings in 2015 provide the opportunity for global action:

  • The Third International Conference on Financing for Development to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in July.
  • The Special Summit on Sustainable Development at UN Headquarters in New York in September,  where world leaders will adopt a new development agenda, including a set of sustainable development goals, expected to provide a blueprint for action until 2030.
  • The UN climate conference in Paris in December, expected to result in a universal and meaningful climate change agreement.

Other events and activities will be happening throughout the year to involve people everywhere in the year of action, kicking off with a digital rally on 15 January. Join the online conversation using #action2015 on social media and follow the UN MDG accounts on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

On 15 January, 2015: Time for Global Action kicks off with the support of civil society. In this photo, the Secretary-General meets with some fifteen year olds to shine the spotlight on the importance of the year.

On 15 January, 2015: Time for Global Action kicks off with the support of civil society. In this photo, the Secretary-General meets with some fifteen year olds to shine the spotlight on the importance of the year.