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The United Nations - General

Charter of the UN

United Nations Homepage

United Nations Databases

Provides links to databases related to the Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean, Palestine, statistics, treaties (access to the United Nations Treaty Collection is free but you must register on-line in order to use it), research materials, NGO's and humanitarian affairs.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Databases

Provides access to an extensive range of documents related to the workings of both Charter and Treaty based bodies in the area of human rights.

Human Rights Fact Sheets

Created by the United Nations Centre for Human Rights, the fact sheets deal with selected questions of human rights that are currently under active consideration by the UN or which are of particular interest. Typically they provide a summary of a particular human rights issue together with a detailed account of the UN institutional machinery that is involved in the protection and promotion of that right. They also provide links to the text of any UN convention/treaty that touches on the right in question.

For the Record

An annual review of the UN human rights system prepared by Human Rights Internet in partnership with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

UN-I-QUE: United Nations Info Quest

UN-I-QUE is a ready reference file created by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library that is designed to provide quick access to document symbols for UN materials (1946 onwards). It does not give full bibliographic details and it focuses upon documents and publications of a recurrent nature: annual/sessional reports of committees/commissions; monographic series; journals; annual publications; reports periodically/irregularly issued; reports of major conferences; statements in the General Debate; etc. Once you have determined the documents that interest you, you can locate them by reference to their symbols at any UN depository library. (The University of Toronto Robarts Library for example).

United Nations System Pathfinder

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library provides this service as a convenient means of identifying major publications of the organizations that comprise the United Nations system. Materials are categorized into broad subject headings and include global studies and reports, handbooks and guides, bibliographies and indices, international statistical publications, compilations of treaties, resolutions and documents as well as annual reports of UN bodies and specialized agencies. Hypertext links are provided for those documents which are available on the internet.