The significant role of the journalists and correspondents was highlighted by the United Nations since its recreation. They assisted the Organization with spreading out their campaigns, explaining their actions and mandatories. Thus, as the impact of the United Nations grew, the number of the correspondents also grew. Consequently, all of these elements contributed in the establishment of the United Nations Correspondents Association.
The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) was established in 1948 on Long Island where the United Nations was located at the time. From the beginning, UNCA intended to unite correspondents, members of diplomatic delegations and the Department of Public Information with various events while enhancing their prestige in the eyes of the community and governments. Today, the UNCA is an organization consisting over 200 correspondents and producers from diverse countries. Its purpose and strong relationship with the United Nations’ Secretary-General, based on an agreement signed in 1995, provides a stronger basis for the development of the UNCA.
The summarized commitment and mandatory of the UNCA is as stated in its constitution: “to take the necessary measures to ensure the freedom and prestige of Press, Radio and Television correspondents in their relations with the United Nations; to secure the right of access of the correspondents to UN headquarters or regional offices; to build a network between its members, delegates from the UN member states, UN and state officials.”
Agenda Item: The Status of Journalists and the Freedom of Press in Conflict Zones
Under Secretary General: Meltem Ağaoğlu
Academic Assistant: Tunç Çatal