Researching the United Nations: Finding the Organization's Internal Resource Trails-- Guide by Linda Tashbook, of the Library of the Law School of the University of Pittsburgh.
Structure and Organization of the
United Nations-- Explanatory U.N. page to access
the principal organs, committees, commissions, agencies,
institutes, and other entities of the United Nations.
The U.N. site index
is a helpful directory, with a search facility.
Nations Bibliographic Information System--
"Catalogue of United Nations documents and publications
indexed by the U.N.'s Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the
Library of the U.N. Office at Geneva... [plus]
commercial publications and other non-U.N. sources held
in the collection of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library." Also
"provides instant access to a growing number of full
text resources in the six official languages of the
U.N." Use the BISNET Index to Speeches search engine to
find official addresses given at the U.N. and the Voting
Records search engine to find member votes on all
General Assembly and Security Council resolutions
adopted since 1946.
Nations Official Documents-- Includes quick links
facility for online access to "all types of
official United Nations documentation, beginning in
1993," plus "resolutions of the General Assembly,
Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the
Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards," with online
training guides and expanding coverage. "Designed for researchers and information
professionals with an interest in United Nations
documentation... an overview of the various types of
documents and publications issued by the Organization
(e.g, reports, resolutions, meeting records, sales
publications, press releases) and... guidance on how to
work with them."
Nations Research Guides-- From the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, "presents
an overview of selected UN documents, publications,
databases and websites," by subject and UN organs and
United Nations Security Council resolutions since 1946 are located in an archive section.
Nations System-- Official Web site locator for the
United Nations system of organizations, organized in a
"Data access system to U.N. databases... a single entry
point from which users can now search and download a
variety of statistical resources of the UN System." Very
helpful, searches scores of millions of UN records. From
the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department
of Economic and Social Affairs.
Pulse-- Blog that
"alerts you to selected just-released U.N. online
information, major reports, publications and documents.
Created and maintained by a team of reference librarians
at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New
York, U.N. Pulse is updated as new information is
published and received."
of the United Nations (Archive)-- "The Yearbook
is the principal reference work of the United Nations
and provides a detailed overview of the Organization's
activities. Each Yearbook is fully indexed and
includes all major General Assembly, Security Council
and Economic and Social Council resolutions. The
complete collection [since 1946-47] is available here."
Nations Home Page-- From the U.N. Department of
Public Information, organized by topics and general
Hammarskjöld Library-- From the United Nations
Department of Public Information, with material
available online. Of particular note are
the United Nations Research Guides,
for an overview of and access to the various types
of U.N. documents, publications, and other
resources. Also consult UN-I-QUE:
United Nations Info Quest for quick access to
document symbols/sales numbers for U.N. materials since
1946. Note UN Member
States on the Record, which "provides direct
access to official documents reflecting the views of
United Nations Member States."
• Food and
Agriculture Organization-- Includes a World Food Situation section. The
Global Information and Early Warning
System on Food and Agriculture has reports and
databases for information on the world food and
agriculture situation. At FAO's searchable Document
Repository you can access and view full-text
documents from FAO and related IGOs. FAOStat Databases give you
time-series food and forestry-related statistics by
commodity or country. "The State of..." publications
series and others provide the "most recent world-wide
information and analyses on major topics of [FAO's]
competence - food and agriculture, fisheries and
aquaculture, forests, food insecurity."
Issues-- Summaries of principal global issues,
with links to relevant U.N. bodies, U.N. publications
and materials, and other authoritative online sources.
Development Report Office of the United Nations
Development Programme-- This annual Report is a
comprehensive guide to global human development, with
analyses of major issues, updated Human Development
Indicators to compare the relative levels of human
development in over 175 countries, and an agenda to help
transform development priorities. Portions are available
online, Occasional Papers, and links to national HDRs.
• Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva-- Site allows access to information on Library holdings (searchable online catalog), recent acquisitions, archives, bibliographies, publications, e-resources, U.N. system resources, special events, and more.
• U.N. Women-- The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women's site describes the entity's work, and that of others, to promote women's empowerment and gender equality. Posts news and online publications on women's issues around the world, including the biennial Progress of the World's Women and the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development.
Women Watch-- Women Watch is a gateway to UN
information and data on women worldwide and a forum on
global women's issues, to provide up to date information
on the UN's work on behalf of the women of the world,
track the global agenda for improving the status of
women, and constitute an electronic space for exchange
of information and ideas on women's issues.
Nations Chronicle-- Articles and special features
from this official publication on "information, ideas
and debate about the U.N. system," with archive.
Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)--
"The United Nations agency for human settlements...
mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially
and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with
the goal of providing adequate shelter for all." Posts
many UN-HABITAT publications, news, statistics, and
partnerships, both globally and by country.
Nations News Centre-- From the U.N.
Department of Public Information, "A world of news
from the world organization," with searchable global
and U.N. news sources, press briefings, and analysis,
with archives. A webcast site shows U.N. news,
events, and documentary videos. A U.N.
Radio site is also available.
Nations Publications-- Learn about and order
United Nations and other international publications
and gift items, plus the United Nations Documents on
Nations Statistics Division-- Provides a wide
range of statistics, with some free databases online,
and some by subscription only, plus links to other
sources of national and international statistics. Note
the annual World
Statistics Pocketbook in PDF.
• Academic Council on the United
Nations System-- "Organization and network promoting
innovative and advanced scholarship anf greater
academic-practictioner dialogue about the United Nations,
international organization(s), and global governance."
Posts scholarly publications, videos, and podcasts "to
stimulate, support, and disseminate research and analysis
on the United Nations, multilateralism, and international
• Global Governance Watch-- "Joint
project of the American Enterprise Institute and the
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies...
to raise awareness of the growing global governance
movement and to address issues of transparency and
accountability at the United Nations, in NGOs, and
related international organizations. In particular, the
project monitors issues of national sovereignty and the
ways in which the agendas of international organizations
influence domestic politics."
Policy Forum-- Independent NGO "to monitor policy
making at the United Nations, promote accountability of
global decisions, educate and mobilize for global
citizen participation, and advocate on vital issues of
international peace and justice," with much information
and analysis online. Note their section on NGOs and the United Nations.
• Google's United Nations news search
page-- Excellent and focused search engine to
retrieve news about the United Nations. Offers an e-mail
news alert service.
Council Report-- Independent, non-profit
organization based at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza in New York City,
that posts monthly forecasts, updates, and reports about
activities and statistics of the U.N. Security Council,
and also about major issues and world regional
situations. Also see What's in Blue,
a "series of insights produced by Security Council
Report on evolving Security Council actions."
Nations Association of the United States of America--
Dedicated to promoting U.S. participation in the United
Nations system and to strengthening the U.N. system.
Online forums, materials on education and public
research, substantive policy analysis, policy advocacy,
U.S.-U.N. relations, and links.
Nations Intellectual History Project-- From the
Graduate Center of The City University of New York,
materials from a project that analyzed the U.N. "as the
creator and nurturer of ideas and concepts that have
permeated international public policy discourse and
sometimes won support and been implemented."
• United States Mission to the United Nations-- Official website of the US delegation with information about the mission, press releases, fact sheets, official speeches, US policy positions on major issues, and so forth. Also note the annual reports of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Organization Affairs on U.S. participation in the U.N. and the voting practices of each of the members of the U.N.