UNAI has put together this list of resources for those currently conducting or planning to do research about the United Nations or particular topics related to its goals and mandates. This could be useful as well for those with teaching roles at universities and colleges as well as students at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Ask DAG – Frequently Asked Questions about the UN, answered by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library with tips for further information.
Audiovisual Library of International Law – Consists of a virtual training and research center in international law, including historic archives, lecture series, mini-series and a research library.
Basic Facts about the United Nations - Handbook on the structure of the UN, its works and main issues on the UN agenda.
Charter of the United Nations – Read the full text of the founding treaty of the Organization.
Dag Hammarskjöld Library - The Dag Hammarskjöld Library provides research and information to support the work of United Nations Member States. As an integral part of the UN Organization, the library also aids in the dissemination of UN information to a wider public audience through online services, and a global depository library network.
DESA Publications – Reports issued by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs on economic, population, public sector, social, sustainable development, urbanization and youth issues.
Directory of United Nations System Organizations – A list of the different components of the UN System, including funds and programs, specialized agencies, regional commissions and others.
Essential UN – Reference material with an overview of the work of the UN in key areas.
General Assembly Resolutions – Read the full text of the resolutions adopted by this intergovernmental body.
Human Development Reports – Reports on advancing human wellbeing produced by UNDP, including statistical data and country profiles.
International Court of Justice Cases – Access to all contentious and advisory proceedings of this judicial body of the UN.
International Days - Comprehensive list of international days currently observed by the United Nations, including background information and relevant documentation for each one.
International Law Commission – Everything about the work of this body created to develop and codify international law, including draft articles, analytical guides and relevant publications.
Journal of the United Nations – To keep you informed about the meetings and events taking place at the UN, including access to background documentation.
Meetings Coverage – Summaries of the intergovernmental meetings at UN Headquarters (General Assembly, Security Council and ECOSOC) and the UN Office at Geneva (Human Rights Council and Human Rights Treaty Bodies).
Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General – Keep abreast of the latest statements from the Secretary-General and the highlights as well as transcripts of daily press briefings.
Official Document System - Online database of UN documents, including those of the General Assembly, the Security Council, ECOSOC and other documents.
PaperSmart – Relevant documentation related to UN meetings and conferences, including agenda and programs, reports and the text of statements.
Reports of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization – An overview of the work of the UN, introduced year pear year by the Secretary-General to Member States during the General Assembly.
Research the UN – Research guides on various critical issues compiled by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library.
SDG Indicators – Global indicator framework adopted by the UN General Assembly, with a list including 232 indicators on which general agreement has been reached.
Search the UN – Enterprise search engine of the whole UN website, including access to all documents.
Sustainable Development Goals – All the information related to the SDGs, progress reports, campaigns and ideas for action.
Sustainable Development Goals: Resources – Comprehensive research guide made by the UN Library in Geneva listing resources about each one of the Goals, including books and articles, UN documents and other materials.
UN Audiovisual Library - Provides access to the audiovisual archives from over 70 years of the history of the Organization.
UN Chronicle –The UN’s flagship magazine with information and opinion pieces about what the Organization does.
UN Data – Compilation of international statistical databases with over 60 million data points covering several themes, including statistical profiles of countries.
UN News – To know the latest about the Organization, including stories with human impact and coverage of major topics on the UN agenda.
UN System Chart – Organizational chart of the UN System, its main organs and components.
UN Web TV – Watch meetings, press briefings and stories on the work of the UN live or on demand.
UNBIS Thesaurus – Compilation of terminology used in documents and other materials relevant to UN programs and activities.
UNCTADStat – Country profiles with a basic snapshot of the economic and financial situation of all UN Member States.
UNiLibrary – Comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations.
United Nations Digital Library (formerly UNBIsnet) – Offers content, data and metadata related to UN information, resources, publications, and documents, including speeches and voting records.
United Nations Security Council – Information and news about this intergovernmental body, including access to resolutions, presidential statements, press releases and meeting records.
United Nations Treaty Collection – Contains the text and information about participation and entry into force of more than 500 multilateral treaties on which the Secretary-General has depositary functions.
Universal Human Rights Index – Compilation of recommendations issued by human rights Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council.
Yearbook of the United Nations – Contains the texts of all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions, and places them in a narrative context.