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.
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.
Sustainable Development 2015 website, http://www.sustainabledevelopment2015.org/
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNDP, http://www.undp.org/globalgoals
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.
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, http://www.un.org/ebolaresponse/
Global Ebola Response Coalition, http://www.ebolacrisisresponse.org/
UN News Centre on Ebola, http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49144#.VEjIP_msVCA
UNRIC Library Backgrounder: EBOLA, http://www.unric.org/en/unric-library/29436
WHO. Situation reports: Ebola response roadmap, http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/situation-reports/en/
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: https://papersmart.unmeetings.org/ga69
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".
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
Oxford Public International Law: Debate Map: Israel-Gaza Wars 2008-2014
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.
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.
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 website: The Yearbook of the United Nations
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.
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:
19 December 2013
For 2014 The General Assembly has declared the following international years:
International Year of Family Farming, 2014
FAO web site: http://www.fao.org/family-farming-2014/en/
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