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Mar 19 2015

Exhibit “70 years, 70 documents” by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library


To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library produced an online exhibition of pictures in 70 key documents with highlights on the organization’s work in the areas of peace and security, humanitarian assistance, development, and human rights. This online exhibit can be viewed under the research guides at http://research.un.org/en/UN70

At present, the exhibit with documents 1941-1965 is currently available while new documents will be added on a monthly basis.  Documents after 1965 will be released in late April 2015 onwards. Check back then and vote for your favourite important documents of the decade.


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Feb 24 2015

United Nations human rights jurisprudence database launched

The UN Human Rights Office has recently launched a major online database of Treaty Bodies’ case law, which is known as Jurisprudence, http://juris.ohchr.org. It forms as a starting resource of the human rights recommendations and findings issued by various Committees* in their work on individual cases.

The database was developed based on data originally from the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) of Utrecht University School of Law since the mid-1990s.

It contains case law indexed by various categories with search criteria including Region, State, year of publication, subject keywords, sessions and type of decisions.

* The Committees that can receive and consider individual complaints are:

Human Rights Committee (CCPR)
Committee against Torture (CAT)
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)


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Dec 30 2014

Updated! Progress status of the digitization of United Nations documents (ODS)

The UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library is collaborating with the Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva in digitizing pre-1993 UN documents. Documents in the six official languages are scanned, processed for full text retrieval, and uploaded to the ODS (UN Official Documents System).  The updated checklist in PDF format of pre-1993 UN parliamentary documents that have been digitized and uploaded can be downloaded from the webpage of United Nations Depository Libraries with last update on December 2014.


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Apr 18 2013

Launch of the UN Depository Libraries – Global Outreach Map

To share ideas of outreach activities, promote interests in global UN issues and encourage the use of UN information resources, Dag Hammarskjöld Library has recently launched a Global Outreach Map.  With this map, feedback about the kind of research works related to the collection of UN documents and publications, list of promotional activities and training workshops organized by the UN Depository Libraries will be published.  Click on link to view the map now,  http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/deplib/index.html


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Apr 17 2013

UN Documentation Research Guide: updated and expanded

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the appointment of Dag Hammarskjöld  as Secretary-General, the library has recently launched a new UN Documentation Research Guide (http://research.un.org/en/docs) with expanded and updated information. Beginning in April 2013, the old guide will not be updated, with the exception of the current General Assembly and Security Council resolutions tables.  New research guides include a guide to online UN information resources (http://research.un.org/en/un-resources).  For more about what newly included, please check http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/resguide/new.htm


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Mar 06 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

  • WomenWatch: UN Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Empowerment
  • The WomenWatch website is dedicated to providing “information and resources on gender equality and empowerment of women.” It is an initiative of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) and the site is a veritable cornucopia of information on this vast and timely subject. In the Quick Links and Features, visitors can view the UN Gender Equality News Feed, which is a great way to get a sense of the main issues affecting women around the world. Moving on, the Documents and Publications area contains seminal reports such as “Seeing Beyond the State: Grassroots Women’s Perspectives on Corruption and Anti-Corruption.” Also, the News and Highlight s area contains links to partner organizations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. These links include radio clips, news releases, and other key pieces of information.

  • Gifts of Speech: Women’s Speeches from Around the World
  • The Gifts of Speech site brings together speeches given by women from all around the world. The site is under the direction of Liz Linton Kent Leon, who is the electronic resources librarian at Sweet Briar College. First-time users may wish to click on the How To… area to learn how to navigate the site. Of course, the FAQ area is a great way to learn about the site as well, and it should not be missed as it tells about the origin story for the site. In the Collections area, visitors can listen in to all of the Nobel Lectures delivered by female recipients and look at a list of the top 100 speeches in American history as determined by a group of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A & M Univ ersity. Users will also want to use the Browse area to look over talks by women from Robin Abrams to Begum Kahaleda Zia, the former prime minster of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 9, March 1, 2013]

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Feb 06 2013

United Nations Handbook 2012/13 – Now available as a FREE digital publication!

This year is the 50th edition of the United Nations Handbook which is published annually since 1961 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand as a ready reference guide. This handbook provides current and useful information on all the UN family organisations, including their aims, evolutions, structures, memberships and an overview of activities.

The e-copy is free for download at http://www.mfat.govt.nz/UNHB2012/index.php with features including fully searchable text, an active contents page and index and the ability to leave bookmarks and notes.



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Jan 16 2013

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. In the Time of Cholera
  2. No Girls Allowed
  3. A New U.S. Grand Strategy
  4. The Answer Man
  5. Why the U.S. Can’t Abandon Afghanistan


[Source: Foreign Policy, 7th – 10th January 2013]


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Oct 13 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. 10 Years of War – An FP Roundtable
  2. Will the Real Benjamin Netanyahu Please Stand Up?
  3. The Price of Failure
  4. From Tahrir Square to Wall Street
  5. The IgNobels
  6. Are You So Mad at Pakistan You Can’t Feel Sorry for Them?
  7. South Africa’s Dictator Dance
  8. Ten Years in Afghanistan
  9. The America Issue
  10. America’s Pacific Century
  11. The Myth of American Exceptionalism
  12. America Really Was That Great
  13. Written on the Wall
  14. America at Dusk
  15. Think Again: Nuclear Power


[Source: Foreign Policy, 5th – 12th October 2011]


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Sep 27 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. The Do-Nothing Strategy
  2. Bank Shot
  3. Machine Gun Menace
  4. All Roads Lead to Islamabad
  5. The World’s Top Executioners
  6. When They Were Kings
  7. Children of the Revolution: Libya
  8. The Promised Land


[Source: Foreign Policy, 16th – 22nd September 2011]


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