Welcome to Kenya and to the Division of Conference Services in Nairobi
The Division of Conference Services is part of the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management at UN Headquarters in New York (DGACM) and a division of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON).
Division of Conference Services (DCS)
The Division was established as a separate financial entity of UNON in September 2000 through the consolidation of the regular-budget conference servicing activities and resources previously allocated to the budget sections of UNEP, UN-Habitat and UNON. It comprises the Office of the Chief of Division, the Planning and Coordination Section, the Translation and Editorial Section, the Interpretation Section and the Publishing Services Section.
Full range of conference services
The Division provides a full range of conference services to the United Nations programmes located in Nairobi, in particular UNEP, UN-Habitat and their subsidiary bodies, as well as to meetings and conferences of other intergovernmental organizations held at and away from Nairobi. Many of the Division's programmes are financed on a reimbursable basis. In all, some 120 professional and support staffs are employed in various specialized areas such as editing, translation, interpretation, terminology, text processing, conference organization, design and desktop publishing, printing, documentation control and distribution.
The Division was one of the first offices in the United Nations system to introduce remote translation in six languages via the internet for meetings organized away from headquarters. When translation is done remotely, the size of the team actually travelling to the meeting site is reduced.
Since launching the remote transmission system in Nassau at the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in November 1994, the Division has used the system to service meetings at venues throughout the world. This approach has enabled the United Nations Secretariat and host Governments to save millions of dollars in mission costs.