We are excited to announce that the first “Social Media Day” at the United Nations in New York will take place on 30 January 2015.


The one-day event is jointly organized 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, Consulate General of Switzerland and will bring together members of New York City’s dynamic international community to discuss the impact of social media in their daily lives, share their experiences in the social media sphere, explore new ideas, and look into cutting-edge developments in the field.

Panels, idea pitches and debate 

While the focus will be on “digital diplomacy” in the morning, the afternoon panels will take a look at social media developments to expect for 2015. Social media professionals, digital diplomacy practitioners, academics, and experts from across the spectrum of various creative industries will share their experience, discuss trends, showcase best-practices and provide interesting insights into their work.

On site, staff members will serve as social media “medics,” holding one-on-one sessions throughout the day, to answer questions about the use of social media.

Follow #SocialUN and webcast

While the event is primarily aimed at an internal UN audience, all panels and sessions will be live webcast via UN Webcast for those without a UN grounds pass. Or, follow the conversation on Twitter via the Hashtag #SocialUN. Further details on program and speakers will be released soon on this blog.