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View Resource International Telecommunications Union

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the telecom policy making arm of the UN, based in Geneva, Switzerland, can be reached directly through the Web.
View Resource UNRISD: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD is an organization with roots going back to 1963. Its mandate is to study the relationship between social and economic development. This takes the form of multi-country research (with an emphasis on developing countries), as well as "action research" in the areas of "integrating gender into development planning and rebuilding war-torn societies." The main site also offers information about...
View Resource UNESDOC: Fulltext Database of UNESCO Documents

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Electronic Document Management System offers researchers this database. The UNESDOC database, provides multilingual, full-text access to documents of major governing bodies, field mission reports, speeches of the Director-General, and the UNESCO Sources Bulletin. UNESDOC documents are presented as text or .pdf files,...
View Resource UN Wire

Provided by the UN Foundation, UN Wire is a new "daily news summary covering the United Nations, global affairs and key international issues." Users interested in the UN or global affairs will find UN Wire an excellent resource for quick, concise accounts of the day's major stories. Each day, UN Wire covers issues such as UN Affairs; Health; Women, Children, and Population; Environment; Trade;...
View Resource The UN and Decolonization

Since its founding in 1945, over 80 nations formerly under colonial rule have joined the UN as sovereign independent nations. Today, seventeen non-self-governing territories remain, administered by France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This site explores the process of decolonization and especially the role of the UN's Special Committee of 24 on Decolonization, founded in...
View Resource United Nations Millennium Declaration

The UN has posted the End of Millennium Summit Final Declaration signed by over 150 heads of state who attended the Millennium Summit earlier this month in New York (see the September 5, 2000 Scout Report for the Social Sciences). The document articulates 32 points, expressing the goals of the UN for peace and prosperity in the coming century. Among the more substantive statements are a commitment...
View Resource International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Tuesday, October 17, 2000, was the eighth annual observance of the UN's International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The Website dedicated to this observance serves as a gateway to a wealth of UN and UN-sponsored reports, articles, and data relating to the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty 1997-2006. The site also links to relevant data from other sources like the...
View Resource 55th Session General Assembly: Verbatim Records of the Plenary Meetings of the General Assembly

The United Nations has recently placed online the verbatim records of the Millennium Assembly. These are listed in chronological order and offered in .pdf format. In addition, the site features a list (some full text) of the resolutions adopted, full-text General Assembly documents, a press release search engine, and photos from the session. Also included are links to UN documentation, a selection...
View Resource Milosevic to Stand Trial at The Hague

In an extraordinary and rapid turn of events, former Yugolosav President Slobodan Milosevic has been extradited to the Netherlands, where he will be tried by the UN War Crimes Tribunal, sitting in The Hague. Milosevic was ordered to make his first court appearance next Tuesday. The first head of state to be tried by the Tribunal, the former Yugoslav President will be charged with crimes against...
View Resource Global Policy Forum

Global Policy Forum (GPF) monitors the United Nations' global policy making. Based in New York City, the internationally represented GPF has consultative status at the UN. Their visually simple, information-rich Website is divided into the following subsections: UN Financial Crisis, Security Council, Social/ Economic Policy, NGOs, Nations and States, and UN Reform. The content includes essays from...
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