On this page are the resources that we believe will be helpful as you go about your research to prepare for conference and write your position paper. In addition to the sources for your specific topics provided in the background guides, these should help you get a well-rounded picture of countries, committees, and topics.

Official UN Organizations

The United Nations
The homepage of the United Nations will provide you with links to the various departments and bodies within the organization. This will be your best resource to find information on the UN system.  Below are some of those that will be directly related to your research:

The United Nations Webcast

UN Member States
Information about all 193 member states is available here.

UN General Assembly
The General Assembly is the main body of the United Nations, encompassing all 192 member states.

UN Economic and Social Council
The Council coordinates the economic and social work of the United Nations and its agencies and institutions.

UN Development Programme

UN Environmental Programme

World Health Organization

UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UN Human Rights Council

UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

UN Children’s Fund

UN Office on Drugs on Crime

UN Security Council

The UN Economic and Social Development page has an index to some prominent issues as well as a list of UN agencies that work in various issue areas.

Important Documents

Charter of the United Nations

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The United Nations Documentation Center can help find resolutions and voting records from the current and previous years.

Other Research

If you don’t know where to start with your country or topic, Wikipedia is never a bad place to begin. It can be a helpful introduce and point you to other, more legitimate sources. Just make sure you don’t directly use it as a resource, or cite it in your paper!

Look up the website for your country’s permanent mission to the UN. You can also call the mission directly to ask questions or request a position statement on an issue.

Find your country’s voting records and read speeches on the United Nations website.

CIA World Factbook
Look at the CIA World Factbook for a general overview on your country as well as figures and statistics. The World Factbook is produced by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), would your country’s government agree with the way your country is characterized in the World Factbook?

Check out news and media sources for recent developments in your country; try to find local sources if possible.

Read the U.S. State Department report on your country. Call the U.S. Department of State desk officer for your country to find out more about conditions there.