“Cutting Through the Noise: How the UN is Building Trust in an Age of Disinformation”, a Conversation with Melissa Fleming

  • DATE / TIME:
    2022•12•07    18:30 - 19:30


    On 7 December 2022, UNU will host “Cutting Through the Noise: How the UN is Building Trust in an Age of Disinformation”, a conversation with Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. This event will start at 18:30 in the 1F Annex Space at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. 

    Solutions to our planet’s pressing challenges increasingly compete in a mediascape where facts can be quickly outpaced by disinformation and conspiracy theories. The same 24-hour news cycles and perpetual social media feeds that present immense opportunities to educate society, also threaten efforts to communicate how we can overcome the most critical issues of our time. 

    How is the United Nations — the largest intergovernmental organisation in the world — communicating its vast data on global challenges in ways that build trust, combat misinformation, and compel disparate social groups to act? 

    Melissa Fleming will join UNU Head of Communications Kiki Bowman for a conversation exploring how the United Nations is reshaping its communications strategy, particularly in response to new media trends, current global crises, and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation; you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English. Advance registration (by 6 December) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page. 

    About the speaker

    Melissa Fleming is the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the United Nations. In this role, she oversees the UN’s news, media, strategic and digital communications operations and runs campaigns on overcoming critical issues of our time, such as the climate emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic, mis- and disinformation and the Sustainable Development Goals. She is author of the book, A Hope More Powerful than the Sea, and host of the UN podcast, Awake at Night. 

  • 1F Annex Space
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925