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Human Rights
Humanitarian Affairs, Refugees
International Law
Millennium Development Goals
Non-Governmental Organizations
Nuclear Science
Peace and Security
Population Issues
Question of Palestine
Statistics and Country Information
UN Terminology
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Bibliographic Information on UN Documentation


ODS - Official Documents of the United Nations

Enhanced ODS Search Page:

ODS covers all types of official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993. Older UN documents are, however, added to the system on a daily basis. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards. The system does not contain press releases, UN sales publications, the United Nations Treaty Series or information brochures issued by the Department of Public Information.


UNBISnet (United Nations Bibliographic Information System)

  • Bibliographic Search
    Catalogue of United Nations(UN) documents and publications indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva. Also included are commercial publications and other non-UN sources held in the collection of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. The coverage of UNBISnet is from 1979 onward, however, older documents are being added to the catalogue on a regular basis as a result of retrospective conversion. UNBISnet also provides instant access to a growing number of full text resources in the six official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish), including resolutions adopted by the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Security Council from 1946 onward.
  • Voting Records
    The voting records for all resolutions which were adopted - either without a vote or by roll-call or recorded vote - by the General Assembly beginning with its 1st session (1946-) and the Security Council beginning with its 1st year (1946-). Links to the full text of resolutions are provided.
  • Index to Speeches
    Citations to speeches made in the General Assembly beginning with its 38th session (1983-), the Security Council beginning with its 38th year (1983-), the Economic and Social Council beginning in 1983 and the Trusteeship Council beginning with its 15th special session (1982). Links to the full text of speeches are provided.


UN-I-QUE : United Nations Info Quest (Dag Hammarskjöld Library)

UN-I-QUE (UN Info Quest), a ready-reference file created by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library to respond to frequently asked questions, is designed to provide quick access to document symbols/sales numbers for UN materials (1946 onwards). It does not give full bibliographic details nor does it replace existing bibliographic databases (UNBISnet, UNBIS Plus on CD-ROM) produced by the Library. UN-I-QUE focuses upon documents and publications of a recurrent nature: annual/sessional reports of committees/commissions; annual publications; reports periodically/irregularly issued; reports of major conferences; statements in the General Debate; etc. Information within each record is presented in reverse chronological order to facilitate identification of the most recent data.


Press Releases of the United Nations


UN Press Releases Search

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Press releases, which are not considered official documents, serve information purposes only. They constitute, however, a valuable tool for research on current topics since they are produced well in advance of official documents.
Press releases are available in full text since 13 October 1995.



United Nations History


United Nations Yearbook Series – Online Version

The Yearbook of the United Nations—published by the Department of Public Information—stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Based on official UN documents, the Yearbook provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters. Each of the sixty-four volumes of the Yearbook, dating back to the 1946–47 edition, includes the texts of all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions, and places them in a narrative context of UN consideration, deliberation and action.


Human Rights

Human Rights by Country


Charter-based Bodies Documents Search

The current Charter-based bodies are the Human Rights Council and its subsidiaries, including the Universal Periodic Review Working Group, and the Advisory Committee. Previously, the Charter-based bodies were the Commission on Human Rights and its subsidiaries, including the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.


Treaty Body Documents Search

Focuses on treaty body documents, and offers search by convention, country, document type, document symbol, and date.



This database provides easy access to jurisprudence emanating from the United Nations Treaty Bodies which receive and consider complaints from individuals: the Human Rights Committee (CCPR), the Committee against Torture (CAT), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED), the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The jurisprudence database is intended to be a single source of the human rights recommendations and findings issued by all above committees in their work on individual cases. It enables the general public, governments, civil society organizations, United Nations partners and international regional mechanisms to research the vast body of legal interpretation of international human rights law as it has evolved over the past years.
It may also provide guidance to persons preparing complaints to be submitted to Committees by providing access to the views and decisions taken by the Committees on specific human rights issues regarding different countries.
This database is based on a database designed and developed by the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) of Utrecht University which has agreed to make its database available to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.


Universal Human Rights Index

The database provides easy access to country-specific human rights information emanating from international human rights mechanisms in the United Nations system: the Treaty Bodies, the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This tool aims at raising awareness of the human rights recommendations coming from these mechanisms and assisting governments, civil society organizations, national human rights institutions, and United Nations partners with their implementation. The Index allows the user to find out about human rights issues worldwide, and to see how the legal interpretation of international human rights law has evolved over the past ten years.

Constitutional Database (UN Women)

This website compiles all the different provisions related to gender contained in constitutions in countries around the world, available in the original language, along with English translations. The database can be searched by keywords, provisions, regions or countries.


UNODC Human Trafficking Case Law Database

The purpose of the UNODC Human Trafficking Case Law Database is to broaden the knowledge about human trafficking and to allow criminal justice practitioners to learn from experiences in other jurisdictions. As also prosecutions that led to an exoneration can be insightful, the Case Law Database includes these cases as well. The Case Law Database also includes non-criminal cases and decisions of international courts or treaty bodies concerning trafficking in persons. It includes cases in which all three constituent elements of the internationally agreed definition of trafficking in persons (Article 3, the United Nations Trafficking in Persons Protocol) are present, even though the case may have been prosecuted not as a trafficking offence under national legislation.


Humanitarian Affairs, Refugees


UNHCR's Refworld 
(United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

Refworld is the leading source of information necessary for taking quality decisions on refugee status. Refworld contains a vast collection of reports relating to situations in countries of origin, policy documents and positions, and documents relating to international and national legal frameworks. The information has been carefully selected and compiled from UNHCR's global network of field offices, Governments, international, regional and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and judicial bodies.


ReliefWeb (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

ReliefWeb has been the leading source for reliable and timely humanitarian information on global crises and disasters since 1996. It is a specialized digital service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It provides reliable disaster and crisis updates and analysis to humanitarians, so they can make informed decisions and plan effective assistance.
ReliefWeb has three main functions: (1) Collect: We collect updates and analysis from more than 4,000 global information sources around the clock. (2) Deliver: Our editors identify and deliver the content most relevant to ReliefWeb's global audience. This content includes country and disaster reports, maps, info-graphics, job announcements and learning opportunities and events of interest to humanitarians. (3) Enable: As part of our commitment to humanitarians worldwide, we develop new information products and services that enable humanitarian partners to analyze context and situations and make better decisions.


International Law


United Nations Treaty Collection

The Office of Legal Affairs Treaty Section has launched a new online version of the United Nations Treaty Collection in September 2008. The new website is free and provides access to UN publications about treaties, including:

  • UN Treaty Series;
  • Status of Multilateral Treaties deposited with the Secretary-General; and
  • Certified True Copies.

The site is also available in French. The text of each treaty is available in all languages in which the treaty is authentic.

Audiovisual Library of International Law

The Office of Legal Affairs launched this virtual training and research centre in international law:

The Historic Archives provides a unique resource for the teaching, studying and researching significant legal instrument on international law. Each entry is devoted to a particular instrument and contains an introduction to the instrument prepared by an eminent international law scholar or practitioner with special expertise on the subject, information on its procedural history and related documents, as well as the text and status of the instrument. It is accompanied by audiovisual materials, as available, relating to the negotiation and adoption of the instrument at meetings or diplomatic conferences.

The Lecture Series contains a permanent collection of lectures of enduring value on virtually every subject of international law given by leading international law scholars and practitioners from different regions, legal systems, cultures and sectors of the legal profession.

The Research Library provides an extensive online library of international law materials, including treaties, jurisprudence, documents, legal publications, research guides and selected scholarly writings, as well as international law training materials.


The United Nations Rule of Law Website and Document Repository

The United Nations Rule of Law Website is a promotional and educational tool for practitioners and the general public. It seeks to inform users about the UN’s work in the field of rule of law, and its efforts to coordinate and strengthen system-wide approaches in this field. It is the central UN rule of law web-based resource, serving as a gateway to the rest of the UN’s related sites, and making information more widely accessible about UN rule of law issues and activities, and the various tools, documents and materials on the subject. The website is also an avenue for users to access other web resources on or related to rule of law, developed by the UN or external organizations.

Electronic Legal Resources on International Terrorism
(United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Terrorism Prevention Branch)

This site aims to provide comprehensive and accurate legal information on the steps taken by the international community and individual countries in the fight against international terrorism. Stored data are accessible in full-text, and provide up-to-date information on counter-terrorism conventions, resolutions, and national criminal laws worldwide. Model laws, legislative guides, and other legal tools can also be accessed to assist national authorities in setting up the structures and adopting the legislation necessarry to implement  the global legal framework against terrorism.


TRACK - “Tools and Resources for Anti-Corruption Knowledge”
(United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)

From here, you can access the Legal Library related to the United Nations Convention against Corruption using the links from the main menu or the world map. The Legal library contains laws, jurisprudence and information on anti-corruption authorities from over 175 States worldwide, indexed and searchable according to each provision of the Convention.


SHERLOC - Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws On Crime (UNODC)

The SHERLOC knowledge management portal was developed by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to facilitate the dissemination of information regarding the implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three Protocols.


Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)


MDG Indicators

This site presents the official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for more than 60 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The data and analyses are the product of the work of the Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on MDG Indicators, coordinated by the United Nations Statistics Division. You will also find the official progress reports and documents produced by IAEG. Links to related sites and documents and constantly updated news will keep you up to date with the ongoing activities on MDG monitoring.


Non-Governmental Organizations

Directory of NGOs associated with DPI 

There are currently over 1,300 NGOs associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. Information is available through this DPI/NGO Directory.


Search Engine & NGO Database
(NGOs in consultative Status with ECOSOC)

The searchable Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Database contains information about the organizations that have Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations ECOSOC).


Integrated Civil Society Organizations System

The integrated Civil Society Organizations (iCSO) System, developed by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), facilitates interactions between civil society organizations and DESA.
The system provides online registration of general profiles for civil society organizations, including address, contacts, activities and meeting participation, facilitates the application procedure for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and assists accredited NGOs in submitting quadrennial reports and in designating representatives to the United Nations.
DESA has also developed CSO Net - the Civil Society Network, a web portal devoted to non-governmental organizations in association with the United Nations, and to members of United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, to promote best practices in the field of economic and social development. The portal gives users the opportunity to publish news and to engage and moderate discussion forums. It facilitates online pre-registration to UN conferences open for civil society participation and allows for submission of NGO statements to the Economic and Social Council.
Please use the simple or advanced search to find out more about civil society organizations in our large database of over 24,000 entries. The advanced search allows many combinations, including by organization name and type, region and country, consultative status, language, geographic scope, fields of activity and meeting participation.


Nuclear Science


International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

The International Nuclear Information System (INIS) hosts one of the world's largest collections of published information on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. It offers online access to a unique collection of non-conventional literature. INIS is operated by the IAEA in collaboration with over 150 members.


Peace and Security


The Global Reported Arms Trade: The UN Register of Conventional Arms

Transparency in armaments builds confidence between countries, and can help determine whether excessive or destabilizing accumulations of arms take place. Being open about armaments may encourage restraint in the transfer or production of arms, and can contribute to preventive diplomacy.
Since its inception in 1991, the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms has received reports from more than 170 States. The vast majority of official transfers are captured in the Register.


Peacekeeping Research Hub

In partnership with the United Nations Department of Public Information and the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library, the United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support (DPKO and DFS) this newly re-designed Peacekeeping Resource Hub was created.  This website is designed to serve as the primary resource for Member States, Peacekeeping Training Institutes, and the UN's partners on all things peacekeeping-related. It serves as a repository for all official DPKO and DFS training and guidance materials, and provides links to other related UN documents and resources.  It also offers links to real-time news and updates in the United Nations peacekeeping world. It also provides access to communities of practice, a platform where peacekeeping practitioners and Member States can share and exchange information and ideas about the latest peacekeeping issues as well as collaborate on training and guidance materials.

UN Peacemaker  

UN Peacemaker is an online mediation support tool developed by the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) in the Policy and Mediation Division of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). Intended for peacemaking professionals, it includes an extensive database of peace agreements, guidance material and information on the UN’s mediation support services. UN Peacemaker is part of the UN’s overall effort to provide advice and support to the Secretary-General and his Representatives in their efforts to resolve international disputes and internal conflicts. It is also intended to be useful to UN partners actively engaged in peacemaking efforts, including Member States, regional organisations, civil society, non-governmental organisations and national mediators.


Population Issues


POPIN: United Nations Population Information Network

The Population Information Network (POPIN) was founded on 9 May 1979, by resolution 1979/33 of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. POPIN strives to make international, regional and national population information, particularly information available from United Nations sources, easily available to the international community. The development of POPIN was partially supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).


Question of Palestine


UNISPAL - UN Information System on the Question of Palestine

The United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL) was established and is being developed by the Division for Palestinian Rights in response to successive General Assembly mandates. The main collection contains the texts of current and historical United Nations material concerning the question of Palestine and other issues related to the Middle East situation and the search for peace. UNISPAL contains largely the English texts of United Nations documents with a growing number of links to the texts of the other official UN languages.


Statistics and Country Information


United Nations Data Access System (UN-data)

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched on 20 February 2008 a new internet based data service for the global user community.  It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point. Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.


“UN Member States on the Record”

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library launched this research tool on 13 November 2009. The site is about UN Documents related to UN Member States. It provides links to selected UN databases, websites, and other information resources, in order to make the record of Member States' activities at the UN more accessible. Information available for each Member State includes: the key documents related to its membership in the UN; statements made before the principal organs; draft resolutions sponsored; periodic reports submitted on Human Rights conventions, and more. Running behind this new research tool are pre-set searches on multiple databases maintained by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. A single click links to the most accurate, up-to date results, and yet also includes extensive historic coverage. Full text documents are linked in all official languages of the UN. Based on frequently asked questions, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library developed this tool to highlight the work and actions of each individual Member State and to consolidate information scattered in multiple databases to one user-friendly resource. This opens the rich primary research resource of UN documents to anyone who can browse the web.


United Nations CyberSchoolBus: InfoNation
(currently not working)

InfoNation is an easy-to-use, two-step database that allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for the Member States of the United Nations. In this first menu, you can select up to seven countries. Then, you can proceed to the data menu where you will be able to select statistics and other data fields.


Country at a Glance
(currently not working)

Pick a UN Member States and view their statistics - one at a time.


UN Terminology

UNTERM - The United Nations Terminology Database

UNTERM is a multilingual terminology database maintained jointly by the main duty stations and regional commissions of the United Nations system.
UNTERM provides terminology and nomenclature in subjects relevant to the work of the United Nations. Information is provided in the six UN official languages, and there are also entries in German and Portuguese.
This database is a linguistic tool created primarily to facilitate the work of United Nations staff members and other people around the world who participate or are interested in the Organization's activities. The inclusion of an item in this database should not be construed as an endorsement by the United Nations of any particular position, entity or programme.


DETERM: United Nations Terminology in German with English, French and Spanish equivalents
(Database of the German Translation Section)

DETERM is an extract of the terminology database originally developed for internal purposes by the German Translation Section (GTS) of the United Nations Secretariat, New York. Data were exported from the internal database, in the Trados/MultiTerm format, and converted into a Lotus Notes/Domino format with the help of a specifically designed conversion program. DETERM was made publicly accessible in March 2002; as of April 2009, it contains approximately 10,000 records. The database is continuously updated and expanded.

As of May 2015, DETERM is now part of UNTERM:



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