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UNESCO Institute for Statistics

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) provides UNdata with a subset of the more than 1,000 indicators which may be found in the UIS Data Centre. The UIS Data Centre contains indicators and raw data on education, literacy, science, culture and communication. The UIS collects these data from more than 200 countries and international organizations. The UIS is the primary data source of education, literacy and science data for leading publications and databases, such as: Education For All Global Monitoring Report World Development Indicators Human Development Report State of the World’s Children and many others.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization Basic Texts

The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) is a free, independent and non-profit global legal research facility developed collaboratively by the following Legal Information Institutes and other organisations. WorldLII also includes as part of this searchable collection its own databases not found on other LIIs. These include databases of decisions of international Courts and Tribunals, databases from a number of Asian countries, and databases from South Africa (provided by Wits Law School).

NATO publications   
NATO publications complement the online topic pages that explain NATO and related security issues. The publications are available in electronic format only but can be downloaded and printed.

The NATO Archives   
As NATO prepares to move to its newest headquarters in Brussels, the NATO Archives took a look back at the Alliance’s international arts heritage with an exhibition featuring the national artworks gifted for the decoration of the first new NATO headquarters built at Porte Dauphine, Paris in 1959.

NATO Advanced Study Institutes  
The SPS Programme supports collaboration through three established grant mechanisms: multi-year research projects, research workshops, and training courses. Interested applicants must develop a collaborative activity that fits within one of the following formats: 1. Multi-year research & development projects 2. Training courses 3. Workshops

Amnesty International Library   – Details

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. We lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.

UNESCO Publishing’s catalogue

UNESCO Publishing’s catalogue includes over 1,000 titles mainly in English, French and Spanish, published under its own imprint or co-published. Certain titles are also available in Arabic, Chinese or Russian.

Unesco Global Open Access Portal

The Communication and Information Sector (CI) was established in its present form in 1990. Its programmes are rooted in UNESCO’s Constitution, which requires the Organization to promote the “free flow of ideas by word and image.” Besides its staff at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the CI Sector is represented in 27 UNESCO field offices.

UNESDOC: UNESCO Full Text Database

Provides access to full-text documents published by UNESCO, many on issues related to library and information science, such as copyright, access to information, and so on. Note that documents are in PDF format, which requires the free

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) global database

UIS provides statistics tables related to UNESCO’s interests: education, literacy, science and technology, culture, and communication. View pre-defined tables or build your own by selecting countries, indicators, and years. Tables can be downloaded in spreadsheet formats or exported to PDFs.

Organization of American States (OAS)

The International Law Library is developed with the assistance of all LIIs whose databases are searchable via WorldLII. The International Law Library includes both the International Treaties Collection and the International Courts and Tribunals Collection. More information about the Library can be found in the International Law Library brochure (PDF)

Organization of American States Multilateral Treaties   The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) is a free, independent and non-profit global legal research facility developed collaboratively by the following Legal Information Institutes and other organisations. WorldLII also includes as part of this searchable collection its own databases not found on other LIIs. These include databases of decisions of international Courts and Tribunals, databases from a number of Asian countries, and databases from South Africa (provided by Wits Law School).

World Summit for Children

A selection of historical documents On 29-30 September 1990 the largest gathering of world leaders that had ever been held assembled at the United Nations to attend the World Summit for Children. Led by 71 heads of state and government and 88 other senior officials, mostly at the ministerial level, the World Summit adopted a Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children and a Plan of Action for implementing the Declaration in the 1990s.

UNICEF Publications

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects.

UNICEF Statistics Catalog

The Catalog section allows users to scroll through the various DevInfo adaptations available online. Basic information for each adaptation such as the number of geographical areas, time period, and contact information are all provided here. Click on an adaptation to view it online.

UNICEF statistics

This database contains the official UNICEF statistics on the situation of children and women worldwide, and matches the Statistical Tables of the State of the World’s Children 2013 report.

The State of the World’s Children

Economic and social statistics on the countries and territories of the world, with particular reference to children’s well-being.

Index Translationum Database  
The INDEX TRANSLATIONUM database contains cumulative bibliographical information on works translated and published in about a hundred of UNESCO’s Member States since 1979 and totalling some 1,300,000 citations in all disciplines: literature, social and human sciences, natural and exact sciences, art, and history. It is planned to update this every quarter

UNESCO List of Member States   
UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilizes the wider public so that each child and citizen:

UNESCO Institutes and Centres  
The institutes are specialized departments of the Organization that nonetheless support UNESCO’s programme, providing, in the same way as the regional bureaux, specialized support for cluster and national offices.

General and Regional Histories 
UNESCO has launched a series of collected works – People writing their own history. Instead of just tracing the past of nations, these collections aim to provide a greater understanding of civilizations. These collections also aim to provide a culturally relevant perspective. They provide the point of view of the populations concerned, whose past has often been distorted, discredited or treated as peripheral to the history of the colonizers and the dominant nations

General History of the Caribbean   
This six-volume UNESCO History of the Caribbean attempts to integrate the historical experience of its peoples and societies from the earliest times to the present. The region it surveys includes the coasts lapped by the Caribbean Sea wherever a historical explanation of activities of the societies in the islands compel an extension of the boundary to the south or west.

The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture  
A world religion since its inception in the 7th century A.D., Islam is today seeking vigorous answers to contemporary problems through its multifaceted history. Issues of poverty and wealth, inequality and demands for political expression, and respect for diversity in a difficult world of conformity are dealt with in this series.

General History of Latin America   
The General History of Latin America is a far-reaching intellectual project developed by UNESCO to provide the international academic community with the first history of the region written from a truly universal perspective. The General History of Latin America may be seen as a comprehensive scientific work giving a picture of ideas and civilizations, societies and institutions covering the development of Latin American societies from the pre-Columbian era to the twentieth century. This 9-volume project is the fruit of the work of some 240 historians and experts, directed by an International Scientific Committee consisting of prominent researchers and scholars from all over the world.

General History of Africa  
The eight-volume General History of Africa (phase I of the project) has been translated into thirteen languages including English, French, Arabic, as well as into into three African languages. The second phase of the project which is entitled “The Pedagogical Use of the General History of Africa” has just been lauched.

History of Civilizations of Central Asia  
The multi-volume History of Civilizations of Central Asia, which covers the vast region stretching from the Caspian Sea to Mongolia and western China, is the first attempt to present a comprehensive picture of the cultures that flourished and vanished at the heart of the Eurasian continent from the dawn of civilization to the present day.

History of Humanity  
The new History of Humanity gives readers the broadest possible picture of the different cultures of the world and of their distinct development. Rather than impose one particular philosophy of history, it affords all philosophies their rightful place. No particular civilization or period is put forward as a pattern for others.

Global Education Database   
Search for international education statistics from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Demographic and Health Surveys. View indicators for one country, or compare indicators across multiple countries.

UNESCO – Studying Abroad  
“You are interested in studying abroad in an institution of higher learning, but do not know how to go about it? You do not know if your academic qualifications will be accepted as an admission requirement for further studies? You need updated information on higher education systems, admission procedures or access models world-wide? The Studying Ab …

UNESCO World Heritage Centre 
The World Heritage center manages the World Heritage List of over 800 sites, monuments, or buildings around the world that have been deemed to be culturally, historically, or ecologically significant. Also contains World Heritage-related news and information.

Books & Monographs   
Historical monographs provide researchers with an overview of UNICEF’s landmark achievements from the first four decades

UNICEF Documents and reports  
Available here is a selection of significant historical documents and reports about UNICEF generally, which were not published in book or monograph form. For historical books and monographs, please refer to the Historical books and publications page. For information on specific issues in development, please refer to the Research requests page currently under development.

The WHO/UNICEF Joint Committee on Health Policy  
UNICEF Research requests Historical Documents – The WHO/UNICEF Joint Committee on Health Policy

Annual Reports (1972-1999)  
UNICEF Annual Reports from 1972-1999 are available as scans in PDF format. Please note that each Annual Report covers activities in the year previous to its issue, e.g. the 1972 Annual Report covers activities in 1971.

The Children and the Nations  
Published in 1986. Development historian Maggie Black describes the evolution of ideas about how to attack hunger and poverty in the third world, the heroic endeavours made and the triumphs and disillusionments of their well-intentioned practitioners. She reaches beyond the growth of UNICEF and international aid to present the human face to all the energy, goodwill, science and effort expended in trying to build a better future for children the world over.

State of the World’s Children (1980-1995)  
Launched in 1980 by UNICEF Executive Director James Grant, the ‘State of the World’s Children’ is the most comprehensive analysis of global trends affecting children. Available below in PDF format are all ‘State of the World’s Children’ reports from 1980-81 to 1995.

Search publications database  
UNICEF publications play a critical role in fulfilling the organization’s mandate to advocate for the rights of children. They provide vehicles for UNICEF to engage in policy discourse and influence decision-making, profile efforts by UNICEF and its partners on behalf of children, and showcase UNICEF’s knowledge leadership and expertise.

The State of the World’s Children   
UNICEF’s annual flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children, covers the most important issues affecting children in the world today. This research-based advocacy report also presents the latest available statistics on child survival, development and protection for the world’s countries, territories and regions; these are presented in statistical tables, a standard feature of the publication. The report was first published as The Situation of Children in the Developing World in 1979, the International Year of the Child. The publication took its current title, The State of the World’s Children, the following year.