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UN Bodies and Agencies

The United Nations Home Page at
The United Nations is central to global efforts to solve problems which challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are more than 30 affiliated organizations known together as the UN system. They work to promote respect for human rights, protect the environment, fight disease, promote development and reduce poverty. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN–185 countries in all. Throughout the world, the UN and its agencies assist refugees and set up programmes to clear landmines, help improve the quality of drinking water and expand food production, make loans to developing countries and help stabilize financial markets.

UN Wire, the daily news summary covering the UN, global affairs and key international issues is now available FREE from the United Nations Foundation's homepage at provides a concise daily summary of key stories from around the world; features direct links to full-text, audio, video and additional sources of information on the Internet; covers a wide range of issues, including UN Affairs, Women, Children and Population, Health, Environment and Sustainable Development, Education, Science & Culture, Economics, Trade and Development, Humanitarian Aid and Food Security, Human Rights, Justice and Democracy, Peacekeeping and Security. For more information, contact: UN Wire, United Nations Foundation, 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036, Email: Send press releases & other news information to Email: Fax: (703) 519-6377

United Nations - Economic and Social Development Web Site

United Nations - Economic and Social Development Index

United Nations Publications at

UN Gateway to Social Policy and Development at

United Nations Centre for Human Settlements - Habitat at

United Nations Centre for Human Settlements and The Together Foundation at

UN High Commission for Human Rights: This website contains the most comprehensive collection of translations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948. Over 250 different language versions are available in HTML, PDF and graphical forms.

UN Population Division / Department of Economic and Social Affairs at was founded by resolution of the United Nations Economic and Social Council to identify, establish, strengthen and coordinate population information activities at international, regional and national levels; to facilitate and enhance the availability of population information in collaboration with the regional commissions, the specialized agencies and the NGO population community; and to provide a forum for the exchange of experiences among developed and developing countries on population information issues. The website provides an electronic library, a multilingual dictionary, a worldwide directory of population institutions, world population trends and more.

UNCTAD, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development at is a permanent intergovernmental body and the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly in the field of trade and development. It tries to maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries, and to help them face challenges arising from globalization and integrate into the world economy, on an equitable basis through research and policy analysis, intergovernmental deliberations, technical cooperation, and interaction with civil society and the business sector. The website provides information on events and meetings, press and references, technical cooperation, a guide to publications and related www sites.

The United Nations System at

The Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP), a joint Programme of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat ) at
SCP works towards the development of a sustainable urban environment, building capacities in urban environmental planning and management, and promoting a broad-based participatory process. At the global level the programme facilitates exchange of experience and know-how, captures lessons of experience in environment planning and management tools, and disseminates information through publications, websites and newsletters.

The Urban Environment Forum, a joint initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat ) at

United Nations International Computing Center at
was established in Geneva in 1971 as a co-operative set up, providing a wide range of Computing and Communication Services, on a cost recovery basis, to its users world-wide.

UN Web-Site Locator

United Nations Publications at

United Nations Centre for Human Settlements and The Together Foundation at

UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, at

UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme, at

UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation, at

ILO, the International Labour Organisation at

WHO, the World Health Organisation, at and

FAO, the Food  Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, at

UNRISD, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, autonomous agency engaging in multi-disciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary problems affecting development; attempts to provide governments, development agencies, grassroots organizations and scholars with a better understanding of how development policies and processes of economic, social and environmental change affect different social groups; working through an extensive network of national research centres; aims to promote original research and strengthen research capacity in developing countries.

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UN Summits and Conferences

The Earth Summit, Rio de Janiero, 1992 - the documents, at gopher://

also: United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) Collection at - a set of documents produced by UNCED, also known as the Earth Summit, and various preparatory activities that led to the conference.

Agenda 21, outcome of the Earth Summit, at ag21.htm

Agenda 21, Chapter 24: Women, at or on this site at

Earth Summit II, also known as UNGASS (United Nations General Assembly 19th Special Session) or Rio+5, 1997, at gopher://

The World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, 1993,

The World Conference on Human Rights 5 Year Review, 1998,

The International Conference on Population and Development, ICPD, Cairo, 1994, at The site provides documentation about the conference, follow-ups, newsletters, programme for action in different languages, press releases and more.

The International Conference on Population and Development 5 year Review, also known as ICPD +5, 1999, The site provides official documentation, statements of Governments and NGOs as well as background documentation on the Conference in 1994.

Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995, at

The Fourth World Conference on Women 5 year Review, also known as Beijing +5, 2000, at

The World Summit for Social Development (WSSD), Copenhagen, 1995, at
At the conclusion of the World Summit for Social Development - held 6-12 March 1995 in Copenhagen, Denmark - Governments adopted a Declaration and Programme of Action which represent a new consensus on the need to put people at the centre of development. The largest gathering yet of world leaders ­ ll7 heads of State or Government - pledged to make the conquest of poverty, the goal of full employment and the fostering of stable, safe and just societies their overriding objectives. The website provides an overview of the summit, the declaration, the programme of action, a follow-up, the 2000 Summit Review and a calendar.

The World Summit for Social Development 5 year Review, also known as WSSD+5 or Copenhagen+5, 2000, at
All the new developments and information about the United Nations General Assembly Special Session to follow-up the 1995 Social Summit, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 26-30 June, 20000, are available. A site for news and information concerning the special session, from the impact of the World Trade Organization to the social crisis in Central Asia, the new Web site provides delegates, non-governmental organizations, media, and the public with up-to-date coverage of the events leading up to the Geneva meeting. The site also contains the latest official documentation for the session, as well as the latest negotiated texts.

The World Conference on Human Settlements, Habitat II, Istanbul, 1996, at On this website one can find an introduction to the conference, the Habitat Agenda, Conference documents, newsletters, topic related webpages and more.

The World Conference on Human Settlements / Habitat II 5 year Review, also known as Habitat II+5 or Istanbul+5, 2001, at

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UN Commissions

CSD, United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development at
The Commission ensures the high visibility of sustainable development issues within the UN system and helps to improve the UN's coordination of environment and development activities. The CSD also encourages governments and international organizations to host workshops and conferences on different environmental and cross-sectoral issues. The results of these expert-level meetings enhance the work of CSD and help the Commission to work better with national governments and various non-governmental partners in promoting sustainable development worldwide. More information on the UN CSD Homepage, at
Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues, at
CSD / Issues Page at

CSW, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, at

CSocD, the UN Commission on Social Development, at

CHS, the UN Commission Human Settlements, at

CPD, the UN Commission on Population and Development, at

CHR, Commission on Human Rights, at

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United Nations Regional Commissions

UN ECE, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, at

UN ESCAP, the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, at

UN ECA, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, , at

UN ECLAC, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean, at

UN ESCWA, the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia, at

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UN Conventions

CBD, Convention on Biodiversity at
Serving the Convention: German Clearing-House Mechanism

UNFCCC, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, at

CCD, Convention to Combat Desertification and Mitigate the Effects of Droughts in Countries Experiencing Serious Conditions, particularly in Africa, at
Information on the status and ratification of the Convention at


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