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Apps

From data visualisation to the latest news, the UN is at your fingertips with nearly a dozen mobile apps to date. Load them onto your phone or tablet and keep up to date with our digital works in progress!

  • UN CountryStats

    Free

    UN CountryStats is a data visualization tool to compare key economic, social, environmental and trade indicators for 217 countries and areas. Indicators are based on the newly released 2014 edition of the World Statistics Pocketbook and include data from 2005 to 2014. Indicators can be viewed as complete country profiles or visualized as bar graphs in country comparisons. Additional tools include the ability to save graphs as favourites and detailed definitions and sources for each indicator.

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  • UN Audio Channels

    UN Audio Channels

    Free

    Be up to date on what is happening in the United Nations and around the world, straight from the source. Listen live and on-demand to the latest news bulletins and features stories, daily radio programs, interviews, daily press briefings and coverage of many UN General Assembly and Security Council meetings. Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Kiswahili. This app allows users to have access to live stream programming; live call-to-listen access to programming; recorded programming; bandwidth selection; and interactive messaging services.

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  • UNMAS Landmine & ERW Safety

    Free

    This app is designed to complement the Landmine and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Safety Handbook, produced by the United Nations. Its ultimate aim is to provide general landmine and ERW awareness and safety information to organisations and individuals working in the vicinity of areas affected by these devices in order to minimise the risk of accidents. On completing the various training sections, users are able to take the Landmine & ERW Safety Brief Test. If they pass this test, users will be issued the UNMAS Landmine & ERW Safety Brief certificate. This app also allows people who work in the field to report hazardous items or areas directly to UNMAS. Your efforts in using this app may save someone's life and will reduce the effects of ERW & landmines on affected communities. Available in English, French & Spanish.

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  • Humanitarian Kiosk

    Free

    The Humanitarian Kiosk (HKiosk) iOS app provides a range of up-to-the-minute humanitarian related information from emergencies around the world. The application has multiple independant kiosks which reflect locations where UN-OCHA operates or there is an ongoing international humanitarian emergency. Once installed, you simply select the kiosks that you are interested in and they will be automatically downloaded and synchronized to your mobile device. Syncing selected crisis means that you can see the information even when you are offline.

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  • UN Calendar of Observances

    Free

    Learn how the United Nations makes a difference with the UN Calendar of Observances. This free iOS app features official United Nations observances and links to related videos and further information. It also illustrates how the UN makes a difference in tackling global challenges. The UN Calendar can store UN observances in the native calendar, or it can be used independently.

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  • UN News Reader

    Free

    The UN News Reader is a free mobile news application for quick and easy access to all stories from the UN News Centre. With a simple, user-friendly interface, you can read up-to-the-minute latest stories or browse by subject and geographic region. The News Reader downloads the latest feed to your device so you can read stories offline later, plus you can save them as favourites for quick reference.

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  • UN Chronicle

    Free / Starting from $0.99 per issue

    The premier periodical of the UN since 1946, this quarterly magazine covers the current affairs of the United Nations from contemporary and historical perspectives. The app offers the latest issue for $0.99, with back issues available for $1.99.

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  • Score the Goals

    Free

    'Score The Goals: Teaming Up to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals' is an educational comic featuring ten football/soccer UN Goodwill Ambassadors, who are challenged to tackle the eight Millennium Development Goals along their journey towards being rescued. The youth-oriented comic book provides a fun interactive way to help understand, familiarise and reflect about poverty and development issues. The app includes the comic book in six languages: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, and Korean.

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  • Basic Facts about the United Nations

    USD $6.99

    Basic Facts about the United Nations is a portable official reference for those interested in the UN, its structure, how it works, and the main issues it confronts. You can learn about UN action in peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, humanitarian affairs, international law, and decolonisation. You can explore details of UN membership, peacekeeping operations, budget, and contact information for UN offices and centres worldwide.

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Ebooks

For those who prefer eReaders, the UN has you covered. Whether it is long-form reading or reference material, there are dozens of titles on multiple platforms, with more titles and platforms added regularly. Wherever you read it, we want to be there.

  • Basic Facts about the United Nations 2014

    by United Nations Department of Public Information

    USD $6.99

    This comprehensive handbook designed for the general public explains the structure of the United Nations, how the Organization works, the main issues it addresses and its importance for people everywhere. In addition to setting out the various roles played by principle UN organs and related organizations, Basic Facts about the United Nations documents the Organization's contributions to international peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, humanitarian action, international law and decolonization. Appendices contain current data on UN membership and peacekeeping operations, as well as contact information for UN information centres, services and offices. This latest edition has been revised to take account of significant developments in the world and the Organization itself since 2011.

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  • Human Development Report 2013: The Rise of the South

    by United Nations Development Programme

    USD $4.99

    This report identifies more than 40 developing countries that have done better than expected in human development terms in recent decades. It analyzes the causes and consequences of these achievements and the challenges they face. Each of these countries has its own unique history. Yet they share important characteristics and face similar challenges. They are increasingly interconnected and interdependent and their peoples are increasingly demanding to be heard, as they share ideas through new communications channels and seek greater accountability from governments and international institutions. The report identifies policies rooted in the new global reality that could promote greater progress. With fresh analytical insights and clear proposals for policy reforms, the report helps chart a course for people in all regions to face shared human development challenges together, fairly and effectively.

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  • United Nations at a Glance

    by United Nations Department of Public Information

    USD $4.99

    This simple, authoritative guide provides a starting point for readers who are new to the UN. In clear language, this book explains what the UN does, how the UN does it, who the actors are, and when historical milestones occurred. Illustrated with photos and stories from the field, the guide examines the work of the UN in international peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, and humanitarian action. As a resource to students and teachers alike, additional features include definitions of frequently used terms, rich statistics, questions and answers, and the building blocks of international law. For anyone who wants to learn more about the world's foremost intergovernmental organization, United Nations at a Glance is the perfect place to start.

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  • Building a Better Future for All

    by United Nations Department of Public Information

    USD $4.99

    The United Nations works across the world for peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law. This collection of speeches by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shows the breadth of those efforts – advances and struggles alike – at a time of profound transition for the human family. Since taking office in 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sought to mobilize the international community behind global solutions to urgent challenges ranging from climate change and poverty to armed conflict and the spread of deadly weapons. The goal: dignity, freedom and opportunity for all.

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  • Dag Hammarskjöld: Instrument, Catalyst, Inspirer

    by United Nations Department of Public Information

    USD $3.99

    This book compiles selected speeches by former Secretary-General Dag Hammarksjöld that focus on the role of the United Nations, the place of the Secretary-General and the nature of the international civil servant. It is issued in commemoration of 50 years since the tragic death in a plane crash of Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld in September 1961.

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  • State of the World's Children Report 2013: Children with Disabilities

    by UNICEF

    USD $12.99

    One in every seven children is disabled. Children with disabilities are among the most likely to be marginalized, poor and vulnerable. UNICEF is committed to improving the lives of children, particularly those who face the greatest disadvantages. The report will investigate the web of barriers disabled children face: discrimination, harmful norms and the lack of accurate information. The report will analyse and provide good-practice guidance on: inclusive health and education; prevention; nutrition; protection from violence, exploitation and abuse; emergency response; institutionalization; and the role of appropriate technology and infrastructure.

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  • The Security Council: Working Methods Handbook

    by United Nations Department of Public Information

    USD $4.99

    This handbook is designed both for insiders as well as the public at large. It contains an introduction which places the Security Council in the larger context of the United Nations and how it operates. It is followed by practical information of the Security Council agenda, briefings, meetings, programme of work, membership, etc., as well as by the articles of the United Nations Charter related to the work of the Security Council, its Provisional Rules of Procedure, and other documents. It also includes a glossary of terms related to the Security Council.

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  • Economic Report on Africa 2013

    by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

    USD $11.99

    The 2013 edition of the Economic Report on Africa examines key constraints and opportunities for African countries to make the most of their commodities by adding value through linkage development. It then addresses how African countries can design and implement industrial and other development policies to promote value addition and economic transformation and reduce their dependence on producing and exporting unprocessed commodities. The analysis uses desk research and country-specific background policy information, primary firm-level data and information from questionnaires and interviews to underpin evidence-based policy recommendations.

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  • World Youth Report: Youth Employment

    by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

    USD $18.99

    This is a biennially recurring publication of the United Nations. This year, it is largely based on an e-discussion with young people and representatives of youth-led organizations on the transition from schools and training institutions into the world of work. It shares the participants' views, experiences and recommendations on preparing for, entering, and remaining active in the labour force. Young people are crucial stakeholders in the pursuit of decent and productive work for all, often pioneers in their respective fields, yet, too frequently, their voices go unheard particularly with decision-makers. This report brings young people's voices into the forefront where youth issues are discussed and acted upon.

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  • Defying Victimhood: Women and Post-conflict Peacebuilding

    by United Nations University

    USD $17.99

    Women are among the most competent, yet marginalized, unnoticed and underutilized actors in efforts to rebuild war-torn societies. Opportunities for sustainable peacebuilding are lost — and sustainable peace is at risk — when significant stakeholders in a society's future peace and conflict architecture are excluded from efforts to heal the wounds of war and build a new society and a new state. The contributors to this book draw on comparative case and country studies from post-conflict contexts in different parts of world to offer their insights into frameworks for understanding women as both victims and peacebuilders, to trace the road that women take from victimhood to empowerment and to highlight the essential partnerships between women and children and how they contribute to peace. The authors examine the roles of women in political and security institutions.

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eCollection

Launching soon, the UN eCollection is a research tool containing all current publications of the UN, including books, reports, journals, and working papers. Subscribers can search across the full text or can browse by subject, region, or agency. Advanced features include: build your own book, comprehensive usage statistics, MARC records, and citation links. The UN eCollection will initially include 2,000 titles, with 500 more to be added each year.

  • • Access all published books, reports, periodicals and working papers
    • Search across the full content of the entire collection of UN publications
    • Discover titles individually and in subject-based collections
    • Build your own book with chapters from multiple publications
    • Download metadata and comprehensive usage statistics
    • Includes MARC records and citation links
    • Bundle with the Comtrade database for additional discounts

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Databases

Whether you want authoritative data on economy, population, or development, the UN has your number. Featured databases are included below.

  • UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade)

    Since 1962, UN Comtrade has provided comprehensive and standardised official annual trade statistics reported by 200 countries across 6,000 different products.

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  • Development Business (DB)

    DB is an official procurement publication for opportunities in consulting, contracting and exporting. Published by the UN and updated daily, DB provides procurement notices, development bank operational summaries, and contract awards from the UN, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral banks, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and national governments.

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  • Daily Subsistence Allowance Rates (DSAR)

    DSAR provides per diem rates based on local hotel and meal prices that are updated monthly, and covers 250 cities and all countries.

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  • Monthly Bulletin of Statistics (MBS)

    Since the founding of the League of Nations in 1920, and then integrated into the UN in 1947, MBS has published the latest economic and social statistics from all participating countries, now including over 200 countries and territories. Fifty-eight tables are maintained with monthly, quarterly, or annual data on construction, earnings, employment, energy, finance, manufacturing, national accounts, population, prices, production, trade and transport.

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  • UNdata

    UNdata is a centralised portal to 34 major databases from the UN and its affiliated agencies covering a wide range of topics: crime, education, energy, environment, finance, food and agriculture, gender, health, HIV/AIDS, human development, industry, information and communication technology, labour, national accounts, official development assistance, populations, refugees, tourism and trade.

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  • UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Statistics

    UNCTAD’s statistics focus on developing and transitioning economies and are fully normalised across nine major categories: commodities, creative economy, economic trends, external financial resources, foreign direct investment, information economy, international trade, maritime transport, and population and labour force.

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  • Millennium Indicators Database

    The Millennium Indicators Database measures progress on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and is compiled by the Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on MDG Indicators.

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  • UN Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) Database

    The UNGEGN Database is a multilingual, multiscriptual geo-referenced geographical names database developed by UNGEGN and the UN Statistics Division, with input from the UN Terminology and Reference Section, the UN Cartographic Section and the UN Geographic Information Working Group.

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