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Key Resources & Services for Diplomats

The UN Library & Archives Geneva provides research and information services to support the participation of Member States in the United Nations as its first priority. This page serves as a quick guide to some of the key services and resources for Diploma

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  The gateway to UN Library Geneva's print + electronic collections!


United Nations Documents and Databases

UN Digital Library

Access to UN-produced content including UN documents and publications. Links to full text appear when available. Voting information for resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and Security Council, and citation to speeches made in the principal organs.

United Nations Official Document System (ODS)

Full text search of documents issued since 1993; resolutions of all principal organs & Security Council plenary documents since 1946. Includes the Daily Journals of New York and Geneva.

UN OHCHR - Treaty Body Database

Includes documents submitted to any of the UN human rights treaty monitoring bodies. Filter by convention, country, type of document, document symbol, and/or date.

Yearbook of the United Nations

The Yearbook is the principal reference work of the United Nations and provides a detailed overview of the Organization's activities.

UN iLibrary

The United Nations iLibrary is the comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations.

The Index to Proceedings

An annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs: a comprehensive subject index to the documents and an index to speeches.

All UN Databases

Full listing of databases from the UN System.

Featured Collections and Topical Guides

Quotes Database

A curated collection of quotes related to modern multilateralism.

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Audio Guide: Podcasts

Find episodes from our own podcast, The Next Page, and podcasts from the UN system.

UN Geneva Artworks

Catalogue for the artworks on display at the United Nations Office at Geneva

Conference Primers and PRO Packages for Conference Participants

Conference Primers: The Diplomats' Guide to Conferences in Geneva

Organized by topic and updated daily, Conference Primers bring together key resources for keeping abreast of the discussions and decisions of all major conferences in Geneva.

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NEW! Conference Primers PRO

Conference Primers PRO are more in-depth, tailored packages of information resources + services to support preparation for and engagement in specific conferences hosted by UN Geneva.​

Recommend a Resource

Which resources do you use to keep abreast of the discussions at major conferences and events? To suggest resources to be added to the Conference Primers website, please share your recommendations here. 

Training & Learning opportunities

"Doorway for Diplomats" Presentation

View the recording of the 3/11/2020 session about Key Library & Archives resources for the Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva.

Learning Opportunities @ the Knowledge & Learning Commons

The Commons has been developed by the UN Library Geneva and the UN Geneva Centre for Learning and Multilingualism to generate new opportunities for learning, knowledge exchange and collaboration for diplomats, UN staff and interns in Geneva.

Tailored training and Individual coaching @ the Library & Archives

Permanent Missions staff and staff of the UN: Contact us to request a tailored session for yourself or your team!

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Recorded videos of UN Documents training webinars

Find recorded training sessions offered by our colleagues at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at UNHQ.

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How-to tutorials on our online services

This playlist will assist you in discovering the wealth of knowledge and facilitate your research needs. More training and tutorials from the UN Library & Archives, coming soon…

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An introduction to UN Geneva services and conferencing to new diplomats

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