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Here you find news and information from the UN. For older material please check out the News archive section.

UN News Centre. Latest news from the United Nations. 

UNRIC Library Newsletter. United Nations regional office in Brussels.

UN Pulse. A blog by Dag Hammarskjöld Library (New York).

UN Audiovisual Library. Audio and video recordings of daily meetings and events, as well as historical AV material.


17 Sustainable Development Goals

26 September 2015

On 25-27 September the world leaders gathered together in New York City to decide on the new sustainable development goals. The prepatory work has been going on for three years. The UN member states have agreed on an agenda focused on 17 sustainable development goals within the fields of economic, social and environment development.

Read more:

Sustainable Development 2015 website,

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNDP,


Looking ahead - 2015

22 January 2015

UN Depository Libraries Service has prepared a website - Looking Ahead 2015 - that lists some of the main events that will take place at the United Nations in 2015, arranged in a thematic order:

Their goal is to provide clients with an advance list, with information and direct links to useful resources (websites, research guides and documents) as they become available.

The ebola crisis and the UN response

23 October 2014

The UN system and the international community are coming together to deliver a rapid, robust and effective response to help the Governments and the people of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Global Ebola Response,

Global Ebola Response Coalition,

UN News Centre on Ebola,

UNRIC Library Backgrounder: EBOLA

WHO. Situation reports: Ebola response roadmap,

The 69th session has opened

23 September 2014

The 69th Session of the General Assembly opened on 16 September 2014,

the General Debate will start on 24 September 2014.





Press Kit in English, French & Spanish:

High-level meetings of the 69th session





General Debate: 24-30 September 2014

This year's theme is "Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda".

UN and the Gaza crisis

7 August 2014

The war on Gaza between Palestine and Israel is raging. Both the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson has strongly condemned the violence in Gaza. For further reading and resources on the UN and Gaza, see links below.

UNA Sweden: Situationen i Gaza

UN News Centre: News Focus - Middle East

UN in Gaza: UNRWA

UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Gaza

See also DagDokUNRWA and the Middle East Conflict

Non-UN resource

Oxford Public International LawDebate Map: Israel-Gaza Wars 2008-2014 

Preliminary agenda of the 69th session of the General Assembly

2 July 2014

Annotated preliminary list of items to be included in the provisional agenda of the sixty-ninth regular session of the General Assembly that will open on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. 

UN and Ukraine

5 May 2014

How does the United Nations act in the Ukraine issue? The following pages contain more information on the topic.

UN News Centre: In Focus - Ukraine, the Secretary-General's speeches, press releases, resolutions, statements, human rights issues.

UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Ukraine. Links to documents and web pages of the main organs as well as other UN offices.

Dag Hammarskjöld Library Research Guide: Peace & Security - The Situation in Ukraine. A research guide on the current situation in Ukraine with quick links to the resolutions of the Security Council.

New and improved website of the Yearbook of the United Nations

11 April 2014

Since 1946–47, the Yearbook has served as the UN system’s flagship reference work, providing comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters. The Yearbook website made its debut in 2008, offering free access to the entire Yearbook collection. 

Enhancing the standing of the Yearbook as the authoritative reference on the annual activities and concerns of the United Nations system, the new website boasts a powerful search engine and enhanced, e-book quality readability across all platforms and mobile devices. A scrolling gallery of Yearbook cover art provides clickable access to each of the 63 published Yearbook volumes. 

The new Yearbook Pre-press offers a look at Yearbooks currently in production, with draft Yearbook chapters and detailed chapter research outlines added regularly. 

Yearbook Express, our online-only publication comprising all Yearbook chapter introductions—in addition to the annual Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization—in the six UN official languages, returns, with the 2009 and other editions coming soon. 

The expanded Yearbook news section features stories with background in related Yearbook coverage. It complements the live feed from the Yearbook Twitter account, with its historical perspective on current UN issues. 

About the Yearbook provides an overview of the issues covered in the Yearbook collection and information on the latest published Yearbook, along with a look back at the over six decades of Yearbook cover design. Other features include an FAQ page; links to other UN informational resources; and links to related publications, such as the 2104 edition of Basic Facts about the United Nations, the UN Chronicle magazine, the free UN Calendar of Observances iPhone app, and the United Nations Making a Difference educational calendar.

The websiteThe Yearbook of the United Nations

Geneva Conference on Syria Montreux, 22 January 2014 - Geneva, 24 January 2014

22 January 2014

The Conference will convene under the chairmanship of the Secretary-General, first in an international high-level format at Montreux, Switzerland, on 22 January 2014. Negotiations between the two Syrian parties, facilitated by Joint Special Representative Brahimi, will start at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 24 January 2014.

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United Nations Year in Review 2013

22 January 2014

2013 - Amid continuing turmoil and crises, it was a year of major strides for diplomacy as the United Nations worked to negotiate peace, instill hope and define a sustainable future for all.

See the the past year in review at YouTube:


International years - 2014

19 December 2013

For 2014 The General Assembly has declared the following international years:

International Year of Family Farming, 2014

Resolution: A/RES/66/222

FAO web site:

International Year of Crystallography, 2014



International Year of Small Island Developing States, 2014

declared by Resolution A/RES/67/206

International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 2014

Press release: GA/11460


  • UN News Centre. Daily UN news, press releases, statements, briefings and calendar of events.
  • In FocusA one-stop guide to UN issues in the news, with easy access to statements, resolutions and other essential resources.
  • UN Web TV provides videos of UN meetings and conferences both live and on-demand.
  • UN Pulse. A blog by Dag Hammarskjöld Library, New York that posts information about current topics including documents, reports and publications.

Databases and Indexes

  • Daily list of documents (ODS). A daily release of UN documents and reports with full text links available through United Nations Official Document System.
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