of the United Nations
Most of the databases
of the UN System are freely accessible for everyone except for “Optical
Disk System (ODS)“, “UN Treaty Collection“, “United
Nations Statistics Division Common Database (UNSTATS)“ und “Monthly
Bulletin of Statistics (MBS) On-line“. For these databases UNRIC
Brussels has password protected access.
Information on UN documentation
- Official Documents System of the United Nations
ODS, the premier
full-text web resource for official United Nations documentation,
is available to the general public as of 31 December 2004. The
ODS covers all types of official United Nations documentation originating
from duty stations worldwide. Comprehensive coverage starts in 1993.
The ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly,
Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship
Council from 1946 onwards.
(United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library)
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 38th session (1983-) and the Security
Council beginning with its 1st year (1946-). Links to the full text
of resolutions are provided.
- Index to
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.
: United Nations Info Quest (Dag Hammarskjöld Library)
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
Releases of the United Nations
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
Press releases are available in full text since 13 October 1995.
and Country Information
Nations Statistics Division Common Database
Division compiles statistics from many international sources and
produces global updates, including the Statistical Yearbook, World
Statistics Pocketbook and yearbooks in specialized fields of statistics.
It also provides to countries, specifications of the best methods
of compiling information so that data from different sources can
be readily compared.
Unrestricted free access is provided to selected global datasets,
such as the Millennium Indicators Database, which
presents 48 social and economic indicators and related series by
country and year since 1985, and the Social Indicators
set. Subscribers to the United Nations Common Database,
Monthly Bulletin of Statistics, Population and
Vital Statistics Report and Trade data by commodities
and partners have access to a vast selection of the latest data
in economic and social statistics and international trade.
Nations CyberSchoolBus: InfoNation
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.
at a Glance
Pick a UN Member States and view their statistics
- one at a time.
Nations Treaty Collection
(access only with subscription)
102 of the Charter of the United Nations, Every treaty and
every international agreement entered into by any Member of the
United Nations after the present Charter comes into force shall
as soon as possible be registered with the Secretariat and published
This collection includes five categories of treaty-related data:
- Status of Multilateral
Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General
- The United
Nations Treaty Series
- Texts of Recently
Deposited Multilateral Treaties
of Treaty Signature Ceremonies
- Titles of the
Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General in the
UN official languages
Nations Human Rights Documents
contain most of the documents available on UNHCHR website: the Charter-based
bodies database, the treaty bodies database, the press releases
database and the statements database (under the News Room), and
the human rights education database. Documents contained in these
databases can be accessed directly from the databases' homepages
(top of this page) or from the relevant menus of the site.
Although the criteria for classification varies from database to
database, some basic criteria are common to the first four: country,
body, symbol, subject, and year (except for the treaty-bodies database
for the last two).
The Charter-based bodies database contains all human rights documents
(reports, resolutions, decisions, summary records, etc.) issued
since 1994 by the main bodies with major human rights responsibilities
established by the Charter of the United Nations. These are the
General Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights, and the Sub-Commission
on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. Some important
reports and resolutions from the Economic and Social Council and
the Security Council are also included in this database.
The database is available in three languages: English, French and
The treaty bodies database contains all documents issued since 1992
by the six committees established to monitor the implementation
of the principal international human rights treaties (also referred
as treaty monitoring bodies or treaty bodies).
These are the Human Rights Committee; the Committee on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights; the Committee against Torture; the Committee
on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; the Committee on the
Elimination of Discrimination against Women; and the Committee on
the Rights of the Child.
The database contains the full-text documents in English, French
and Humanitarian Affairs
Country of Origin and Legal information (formerly known asREFWORLD)
(United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
containing Country of Origin Information (COI) and Legal Information,
have been compiled by UNHCR and consist of carefully selected reports
and documents. The information in them is focused on the needs of
UNHCR staff (protection officers, field officers, legal officers),
non-governmental organizations, government asylum officers involved
in the status determination process, judges, lawyers and academics.
(United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
the worlds premier electronic clearinghouse for those needing
timely information on humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters
designed specifically to help the humanitarian community
improve its response to emergencies.
Contains daily information updates on more than 40 humanitarian
Searchable database of over 100,000 documents dating back to 1981,
updated every half-hour from locations in New York and Geneva, and
soon in Asia.
United Nations Population Information Network
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
Gateway: Portal on Population and Reproductive Health
The United Nations
Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Development Gateway Foundation have
launched the POP/RH Portal, an Internet initiative focusing on population
and reproductive health. The Portal will provide a community-built
database of shared population information, including data, research,
projects, ideas and dialogue. It will also seek to promote innovative
knowledge-sharing arrangements among expert organizations in the
The POP/RH Portal is being built in collaboration with 12 partner
institutions from the population community, linking it to resources
on their Web sites and to those of other population and development
organizations. It covers the key topics and actions identified in
both the Programme of Action of the International Conference on
Population and Development (ICPD) convened in Cairo in 1994 and
the 1999 United Nations General Assembly special session which reviewed
implementation of the ICPD.
- 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.
delivers authoritative environmental information from a broad range
of information and data providers committed to making their information
freely available to the whole spectrum of users of environmental
This directory will give you access to information related to Non-Governmental
Organizations associated with the Department of Public Information.
You can search for information by the name of the organization,
the region where the organization's headquarters is located, or
the organization's main area of interest.
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).
is a multilingual terminology database which provides United Nations
nomenclature and special terms in all six official UN languages
- English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic. The database
mainly intended for use by the language and editorial staff of the
United Nations to ensure consistent translation of common terms
and phrases used within the Organization. UNTERM is maintained by
the terminology team of the Terminology and Reference Section, Documentation
Division, DGACM. Technical support is provided by IMTU/OUSG/DGACM
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. In January 2000 DETERM comprised
approximately 6370 records. The database is continuously updated
and expanded. In addition to the names of bodies and organizations
of the U.N. system, DETERM contains names of other intergovernmental
and non-governmental organizations, conferences and treaties, documents
of a programmatic nature, commemorations, selected national nomenclature
(e.g. parties/factions, liberation movements, etc.) as well as resolution
terminology. Acronyms, informal names and a number of obsolete terms
(names of defunct bodies, etc.) have also been included. Moreover,
numerous U.N.-specific technical terms may be derived indirectly
from the nomenclature.