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Global Public Health: United Nations Resources

Additional Resources

The UN provides an incredible amount of primary and secondary source material useful for Latin American Studies projects, as well as International Studies research in general.  Thus, it does not merely belong under Primary Sources.

The United Nations page of UCSD's International Studies Research Guide provides links to internet and subscription-based resources to access all types of UN information.

To understand how to Navigate UN resources, it is helpful to have an idea about the UN's Organization, as represented by this Chart:

At the same time, although it is very helpful to use the above to identify particular sites for specific kinds of information, some excellent, general starting points for UN Research Include:

The United Nations provide Research Guides on many international topics which are helpful for research on Latin America as a region, or individual countries or regions within Latin America.  UCSD subscribes to many helpful UN resources for identifying and accessing UN materials.

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

UN Divisions and Resources Dedicated to Specific Topics/ Issues

Agriculture/Food: Food and Agriculture Organization 

Demographics/Population: UN Population Fund 

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

Demographics/Population: UN Population Information Network 

Guide to UN information and website on population issues.

Development: UN Development Programs Project Website 

Development: UN Economic and Social Council 

The United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development.

Development: UN Habitat 

UN 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.

Development: Human Development Index 

The 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.

Health: World Health Organization 

Gender/Women: UN Women 

Gender/Women: Gender and Land Rights Database 

Contains country-level information on social, economic, political, and cultural issues as related to gender inequalities.

Gender/Women: UN Secretary-General's Database on Violence Against Women 

Military: Military Expenditures 

Refugees: UNHCR 

Information sharing portals with data about UNHCR and partners’ response to current emergencies and other protracted refugee crises

UN Climate Action Page

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, 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.

General UN Resources

The Main UN website has an amazing amount of information, but can be daunting.  One helpful strategy to navigating is to use the A-Z Site Index (under the search box at the top right corner of the page)

UN Library

This link lets you search either in the Dag Hammarskjöld Library (which will point to some print resources -- such as books) that you will have to find elsewhere, OR in the Search for UN Digital Library which includes digitized UN material, such as documents, voting data, speeches, maps, and open access publications.

ODS -- UN Official Document System 

Comprehensive (but not complete) coverage of all types of publicly-available UN documents starting in the early to mid-1990s. Includes resolutions back to 1946 and selected Security Council and General Assembly documents back to 1985.

UN Data 

Wide range of economic, social, cultural, and demographic indicators: population, environment, health, economics, technology, trade, refugees, and more.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics 

United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) statistical institute website. Includes statistical data sets of world education and literacy indicators, and selected data from the UNESCO Statistical Yearbook.

UN Collection on Critical Global Issues 

Collection of free ebooks on many topics throughout the world

UN News 

UN-I-QUE - United Nations Info Quest 

Database designed by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York to provide quick access to document symbols/sales numbers for UN materials, from 1946 onwards.

UN Treaty Collection 

Includes Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General, United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS), and Monthly Statements of treaties and International Agreements. Includes full text of treaties back to 1945.

UN Member States on the Record 

Provides direct access to official documents reflecting the views of United Nations Member States by bringing together in one place documents available elsewhere.