UN News on your smartphone: UN Audio Channels app and UN News Reader app launch today

Date: 
Friday, 26 September 2014

Global | DPI

The Department of Public Information (DPI) launches today two new apps for mobile phones which lets smart phone users get live audio from UN meetings and events (iOS and Android) as well as breaking news (Android).

The Department of Public Information (DPI) launches today two new apps for mobile phones which lets smart phone users get live audio from UN meetings and events as well as breaking news.

Listen to what is going on at the UN, LIVE with UN Audio Channels:

Using the new UN Audio Channels app (for Android and iOS platforms), you can now hear live UN meetings in New York, as well as UN Radio content from anywhere in the world on a smartphone – including information programmes, news bulletins, feature stories and interviews in the six UN official languages as well as in Kiswahili and Portuguese.

From wherever you are, you will be able to conveniently follow next week's live coverage of the UN General Assembly and Security Council meetings, in the six UN official languages, as well as daily press briefings -- no TV or computer necessary, from anywhere in the world. You can choose to use you smartphone's data capabilities or, in the countries where local call-to-listen numbers are available, you can use voice minutes. Local numbers are currently available in Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine and United States.

Get the latest world news, in 6 languages, with UN News Reader:

The UN News Reader app (for Android) connects you directly with the latest UN news feeds, in all six UN official languages.  In addition, the app offers compact information about the UN through links to the UN main web site, Events Calendar, Calendar of Observances, Basic Facts about the United Nations (English version only), UN Multimedia, UN Radio, Twitter, Facebook and Weibo.

The UN News Reader app development was spearheaded by DPI's UN Information Office in Almaty (Kazakhstan), who was supported by the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office (for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) and the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA).

"We are excited to expand people's access to the work of the UN with these new apps", said Ms. Hua Jiang, the Acting Director of DPI's News and Media Division. "With these apps offering content in 8 languages, we hope that we can reach more people, bringing UN stories and issues directly to them."

How to get these FREE apps

To download the apps, simply search in the respective app stores for 'UN Audio Channels' and 'UN News Reader' or use the following links on your smartphone:

UN Audio Channels: Android / iOS

UN News Reader: Android