Key UN Resources

Today, every nation in the world participates in the activities of this international body dedicated to the service of humanity. Yet despite its heightened profile in global affairs, many questions and some misperceptions remain regarding its work. This page provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the UN today.

The Official web site locator for the UN System of organizations.

This guide is designed for researchers and information professionals with an interest in United Nations documentation. It presents 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 gives guidance on how to work with them.

ODS covers all types of official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993.

In this site you will browse and get more information on UN books, Periodicals documents that are for sale, Online publications, UN books on global issues, International gifts, UN Stamps and Online Databases.

A compilation of a list of journals, newletters and bulletins by the UNRIC Library that are published by the United Nations system and are available online and can be accessed free of charge. 

A clear guide on all UN documentation including General Assembly Documents, Security Council Resolutions, selected Secretariat documents and many others. 

The latest Journal of UN showing the Programme of upcoming meetings and agenda.

A site map of all the UN Libraries around the globe, their web links and catalogue links as well.

The Charter of the United Nations was signed on 26 June 1945, in San Francisco, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945. The Statute of the International Court of Justice is an integral part of the Charter. This link gives you more on the Charter.

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.