Some #UNGA social media highlights

Giant hashtag outside of UN Headquarters

Last week’s UN General Assembly was full of big moments on social media. The UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants included the launch of a new campaign called “Together” which aims to highlight the economic, cultural and social contributions that migrants and refugees make to countries of origin, transit and destination. It will also counter some of the misinformation and misconceptions on refugees and migrants and encourage contact between refugees, migrants and those in the destination countries.

VIP Social Media Space

In addition to covering all the events, we joined forces with UNICEF to set up a “VIP Social Media Space” where world leaders, celebrity supporters and UN officials could come by to create special content for social media fans and followers. As you can see from the photo above, it was quite busy!

See below for some of the content created there.


Cinemagraph portraits

Photographer Robert Clark, joined by a crew from Flixel, set up a studio and produced special “cinemagraph” portraits posted exclusively on the UN Instagram account.


Facebook Live Interviews

UN staff asked the questions and world leaders, senior officials and other experts were happy to answer live on Facebook.


Delegates, staff and journalists were using Snapchat to show their unique mobile-only perspectives. Since it disappears after 24 hours, we can’t show you the best posts but above is just one example. Follow “united-nations” all year long to get updates on Snapchat.


VIP Social Media Space

Always popular at UN events is the Twitter Mirror which allows participants to take and digitally sign “selfie” photos or to record a 30-second or less video. Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard was one of many who took part.

Weibo, a Chinese-language platform, also had a team on site to cover all the action and, in addition to posts in English, our content was, as always, adapted into the six official languages.

If you have feedback, you may reach out to our social media team by writing to or by following us on Twitter:

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8 ways to follow the #UNGA online


Every September, world leaders and dignitaries from around the world gather in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly “General Debate.” In addition, many high-level, special and side events take place at UN Headquarters and around the city.

The UN’s Department of Public of Information is committed to welcoming individuals around the world to these meetings via its extensive online coverage.

Here are 8 ways you can join the global conversation.

1. Use the official hashtags – #UNGA, #UN4RefugeesMigrants and more

Millions of people around the world have signed up for regular updates from the UN’s social media accounts and millions more are talking about UN issues. You can join these discussions by using the official meeting hashtag, #UNGA, across your social media channels. New this year is the custom emoji on Twitter that appears when a user adds the official #UNGA hashtag to tweets. For the Summit for Refugees and Migrants we are using #UN4RefugeesMigrants.  Additional hashtags may also be announced for other events as outlined in the image above.

2. Follow “united-nations” on Snapchat

Let us share our stories on Snapchat with you. Follow “united-nations” and get an inside look at the many exciting happenings in and around UN Headquarters.

3. Watch the live webcast 

All the #UNGA Plenary Sessions, and most high-level, special and side events will be webcast live at  Be sure to tune in all week.  Want to know who is speaking when? Check the official lists.

4. Tweet with @UN on Twitter

Following @UN on Twitter is the best way to catch up-to-the-minute news, quotes, behind-the-scenes photos and multimedia products.

5. Get an inside look on Instagram and Flickr

See more visual updates from staff taking part in activities by following @UnitedNations on Instagram.  Flickr photo galleries will be updated when available.

6. Like the United Nations on Facebook

The United Nations Facebook Page shares the top highlights from each day, photo galleries and more.

7. Share your questions 

Some events will be soliciting your questions and comments. These opportunities will be announced on Twitter via the @UN account.

8. Connect with the United Nations in multiple languages and on other platforms

For even more opportunities to engage with the UN in your preferred language and learn more about ongoing work around the world, be sure to our list of selected multilingual accounts and other platforms like LinkedIn, Weibo, Tumblr, Google+ and more.

This year, we are welcoming colleagues normally based in Lusaka, Manama, Rio and Tunis to New York City to help expand our social media coverage.  They are pictured below.

Thank you for your interest! Let us know what you think! We would be happy to get your feedback on our coverage. You can contact our team at