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Climate Action at UCSD and Beyond: United Nations

Introduction to UN Resources

The UN provides an incredible amount of primary and secondary source material useful for Research and Interventions in Climate Change, as well as International Studies research in general.

Some starting points for UN Research Include:

UN Documentation Research Guide - Dag Hammarskjold Library: Includes explanations of documents symbols, indexes, resolutions and decisions, speeches, parliamentary documents, and more. Includes subguides to the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council as well as on special topics.

UN Archives

UN News Centre: Search for UN news by region, topic of focus (Iraq, Middle East, terrorism etc.), or by UN body. Includes press releases, factsheets, maps and other resources.

United Nations Research Guides & Resources: Subject guides to key United Nations publications covering a wide range of topics, including international law, human rights, economic development, peacekeeping, and more.

United Nations Research Guide from Northwestern University

About the UN

The United Nations is the intergovernmental organization (IGO) that facilitates cooperation on international law, security, economic development, social progress, and human rights issues. Almost every recognized independent country is a member state. The UN is divided into the General Assembly (the main deliberative body), the Security Council (which deals with matters of peace and security), the Economic and Social Council (which promotes economic and social cooperation and development), the Secretariat (which provides studies, information, and facilities needed by the UN), and the International Court of Justice. The UN System is comprised of other agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO)UNICEF (UN Children's Fund), UNDP (UN Development Programme), and UNEP (UN Environmental Programme).

Official documents cover the daily work of the United Nations. The United Nations sales publications deal with a multitude of topics and include the environment, human rights, education, gender, social justice, health, country- or region-specific policy issues, and statistics.


Please note that some of the agencies and resources listed below are specifically dedicated to environmental and climate issues.

United Nations Divisions and Resources Dedicated to Specific Topics/Issues

Gender and Land Rights DatabaseContains country-level information on social, economic, political, and cultural issues as related to gender inequalities.

Human Development IndexThe HDI was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. It thus provides an alternative way to measure quality of life and "wealth" than GDP. Provides access to Data/Statistics, Literature including _The Annual Development Report, News, and Publications, and Country Profiles.

SEPAL – System for earth observations, data access, processing & analysis for land monitoring

UN Climate Action Page

UN Development Programs Project Website 

UN Economic and Social CouncilThe United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development.

UN Environment Programme

UN Food and Agriculture Organization 

UN HabitatUN program dedicated to supporting urban development and the planning and building of a better urban future for next generations by promoting economic growth and social development to reduce poverty and inequalities.

UN International Organization for Migration

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)Provides information about Military Expenditures. 

UN Office on Drugs and Crime

UN Population Fund : UNFPA address reproductive health and population issues, and raises awareness of these issues in all countries.

UN Population Information NetworkGuide to UN information and website on population issues.

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)Information sharing portals with data about UNHCR and partners’ response to current emergencies and other protracted refugee crises

UN Secretary-General's Database on Violence Against Women 

UN Women 

World Health Organization