The ten UN Information Centres (UNICs) in the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, United States) are responsible for the design of information strategies tailored to the specific needs of the 28 countries in the region.
The Centre located in Mexico City provides overall leadership to the rest of the network in Latin America and the Caribbean. It assists with the coordination of regional activities such as the Stand Up against poverty campaign, the avian flu public awareness campaign, Model UN programmes and other public outreach activities. The Centre in Washington D.C., in addition to implementing its programme of activities, serves as a liaison between the UN system and representatives of the Government and civil society of the host country.
Shared regional concerns include issues such as the Millennium Development Goals, human rights, refugees, indigenous peoples, immigration and the illicit drug trade. Anti-poverty and development efforts are also a focus of information activities.