The Audio Library's mission is to make UN audio recordings available to media organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations, researchers and civil society at large, in order to foster public understanding of the United Nations and its goals. The Audio Library's role is to provide customers with the audio materials in a timely and efficient manner.
The Library provides audio recordings of meetings and events at UN Headquarters, as well as historic recordings of UN Radio programmes, Secretaries-General's collection, Interviews, among other. The files cover UN activities in a wide range of topics including human rights, peace keeping, education, health, conflict resolution, development, etc. The recordings are available for download via the library's website (link), or via FTP upon demand.
The Library updates the website daily with audio files of ongoing events: meetings, press conferences, stakeouts, and so forth. The files are posted to the website approximately 20-30 minutes after the end of the event. Each audio file will stay on the website for two weeks. Older recordings are available upon request in the Library.
These audio materials can be used primarily by broadcasters in their programmes or newscasts or as a source of information and materials for individual reporters. Audio files can be searched by keyword, by date, or browsed by categories. All files are available for download in mp3 format. Other audio formats, such as mp2 and WAV, maybe available on demand.
The Library holds approximately 40,000 hours of digital files, as well as a collection of over 30,000 unique audio recordings in various formats - 1/4" magnetic tape, 1/8" audio cassettes, mini-cassettes, Mini Discs, CDs, DAT tapes, vinyl and shellac discs. This unique and historic collection is being digitized selectively and some of the recordings are available on demand in digital files as well.
Audio Library provides information about UN audio collection, reference, research, and access to audio recordings to users via Library's website, e-mail, FTP and in person. The Library also work with other UN offices, governments and major archival institutions to make sure that the UN audio history is preserved and accessible by future generations.
The Library is open to its clients between 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EST), Monday through Friday. Please contact us for further inquiries.
UN audio files may be used to further the aims and work of the United Nations. They cannot be used for advertising, marketing or in ways which are inconsistent with the Organization's mission. UN audio files cannot be altered, sold or redistributed.
UN digital materials that are downloadable from the web or FTP-server are free of charge.
UN Audio Library
Department of Public Information
5th Floor, Room IN-503 C/D
300 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017