All journalists applying for accreditation must submit proof that they represent a bona fide media organization (*see below), as follows:
- Letter of assignment on official letterhead of a media organization from the Publisher/Assignment Editor or Bureau Chief. It should specify the name and functional title of the journalist and the period for which accreditation is sought at the United Nations.
- Print media representatives are required to submit two recent issues of the publication. Radio and TV media representatives must submit recordings of two recent reports.
- Independent TV production companies are required to provide a letter from a broadcast organization which intends to air their work.
- Photographers are required to submit original tear sheets or photos with credits of the issuing organization.
In addition to the above requirements, online media must meet the following requirements:
- The web publication must belong to a registered company, such as a media organization, and have a specific, verifiable non-web address and a telephone number.
- The online journal requesting accreditation for its correspondent must have a substantial amount of original news content or commentary or analysis on international issues.
- If the website is new, the applicant seeking accreditation must provide the latest data on the site's visitors or other relevant material (press citations, etc.) about the outlet's audience.
- The applicant must have an established record of having written extensively on international issues and must present copies of three recently published articles with his/her byline.
Journalists must also present two forms of valid ID. Valid ID must include a current passport from a State recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, along with a press card, work ID, driver's licence or other form of photo ID. Where required, non-nationals of the host government must also confirm their right to work as a journalist by providing a relevant visa or an employment authorization document.
*Note on bona fide media organization
The Information Service must be satisfied that the individuals applying for accreditation are bona fide media professionals and represent bona fide media organizations (formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly).
Accreditation will only be given on proof of a track record of reporting for media organizations on international affairs. Media accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets of non-governmental organizations. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the decisions of the Information Service are final. The Information Service reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists from media organizations whose activities run counter to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, or who abuse the privileges so extended or put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the Organization.
: Correspondents must submit an online
application for access to the UN Office at Geneva.
The Section does not acknowledge receipt of requests for media accreditation. You may call to check the status of your request.
Once your request is accepted, a badge can be picked up from the Security Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate entrance, Palais des Nations, Geneva.