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Links on the UN System


Overview and General Information | Main Bodies | Membership
Documents, Press Releases and News | Meetings and Events | Website Tools | Permanent Missions

Overview and General Information About the UN

United Nations Home Page

The homepage of the United Nations, run by the UN Department of Public Information, is the major site for information about core UN activities, including the Secretary General, General Assembly and the Security Council.

United Nations System Chart

Excellent chart illustrating the UN system and how the various UN bodies, Programmes, Funds and Specialized Agencies interact.

About the UN

This UN page provides background and general information about the United Nations.

History of the United Nations

This UN page provides some brief information on how the UN was formed.

UNO Opened; Attlee Asks World Unity (January 11, 1946)

Front page article from the New York Times, January 10, 1946 - reporting on the inaugural sitting of the United Nations General Assembly in London.

Main UN Bodies

Main Bodies of the UN

This page provides an overview and links to homepages of the main bodies of the UN.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the only UN body to represent all UN member states. Each member state has one vote and while most decisions are taken by simple majority, key issues including on international peace and security and the UN budget require a two-thirds majority.

Security Council

The Security Council is the United Nations' most powerful body. It has "primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security." Five powerful countries sit as "permanent members" along with ten other member states, elected for two-year terms.

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the principal UN body coordinating the economic and social work of the organization. Unlike its twin – the Security Council – ECOSOC enjoys little authority in international policymaking.


Headed by the Secretary General, the Secretariat carries out the substantive and administrative work of the United Nations.

International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the UN system's highest judicial body. The ICJ arbitrates between states, who must agree to abide by the Court's decision before their case will be heard.

UN Membership

List of UN Member States

This page lists in alphabetical order all UN members and the date they became members.

Growth in UN Membership

This page provides a timeline of UN membership, showing for each year the new UN members.

Security Council Membership

This GPF page lists Security Council membership from 1946 to the present.

Economic and Social Council Membership

This GPF page lists members of ECOSOC since 1997.

UN Documents, Press Releases and News

ODS Search (Official Documents System)

The UN ODS search covers all types of official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993. Older UN documents are added to the system on a daily basis. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards.

UN Documentation Centre

The UN Documentation Centre provides listings and search facilities for UN Documents, including resolutions and documents of the Security Council, General Assembly, ECOSOC, Secretariat, International Court of Justice and Trusteeship Council.


The UN Bibliographic Information System provides a catalogue of UN documents and publications indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva. 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. The site also provides links to voting records and speeches.

UN-I-QUE: United Nations Info Quest

Created by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, the UN Info Quest serves as a guide to the document symbols of tens of thousands of UN documents and publications from 1946 to the present.

Landmark GA Documents

Prepared by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, "landmark" documents from several important GA sessions.

UN Press Releases - Last 30 Days

Search for UN Press Releases published in the last 30 days.

UN Press Releases - Archives

Search for UN Press Releases older than 30 days.

UN News Centre

The UN News Centre offers the most current news of UN activities.

UN Meetings and Events

Conferences and Events

This page provides comprehensive information on UN conferences and events.

Journal of the United Nations

Updated on a daily basis, the Journal of the United Nations lists meetings of the Security Council, ECOSOC, General Assembly and more.

Calendar of UN Events

This page links to calendars of events at the UN, including, conferences, meetings, launching of major reports, exhibits and observances.

Exhibitions at UN Headquarters

This page provide information on the exhibitions at the UN headquarters in New York.

UN Website Tools

Official Web Site Locator for the UN System

This UN page provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use access point for web resources throughout the UN system as a whole, including well-organized lists of links, search capabilities, alphabetical index, and more.

Recent Additions

This UN page lists new developments at the UN and on the UN website.

Permanent Missions to the UN

Blue Book - Permanent Missions to the United Nations

Contact information for staff at all permanent missions to the UN.

Permanent Missions to the UN (New York)

This page links to all permanent missions to the UN located in New York.



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