Model UN Resources

Below are groups of links to online-research resources. These resources will help each delegate with his or her position-paper research. The websites listed below are also a great way to learn more about the world of international affairs!

This group of links focuses on general-reference and country-specific information:
www.un.org
The source for everything
www.un.org/en/members/
Link to missions to the UN
www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn
Background, analysis, and some policy for countries from the U.S. State Department
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
Information (generally numerical) on countries and other political entities from the CIA
www.economist.com/countries
Facts, articles, and some analysis from The Economist
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
Country studies from the Library of Congress
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/
Concise information on countries and international institutions from the BBC

This group of links focuses on think tanks:
www.cfr.org
Articles, background reports, and guides from the Council on Foreign Relations
www.foreignaffairs.org/
The journal published by the Council on Foreign Relations
www.brookings.edu
Research and articles from the Brookings Institute
www.csis.org
Policy analysis and research from the Center for Strategic and International Studies
www.as-coa.org/
Programs and exchanges from the Americas Society
www.asiasociety.org/
Exhibitions and other resources from the Asia Society
www.aspeninstitute.org/
Policy programs, seminars, and more from the Aspen Institute
www.carnegieendowment.org/
News and analysis from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
www.cato.org/
Often unique and contrarian policy recommendations from the libertarian Cato Institute
www.americanprogress.org/
Analysis on a broad range of issues from the liberal Center for American Progress
www.fas.org/
Information on technological issues from the Federation of American Scientists
www.heritage.org/
Policy recommendations from the conservative Heritage Foundation
www.crisisgroup.org/
News, analysis, and recommendations on all conflicts from the International Crisis Group
www.iiss.org/
Global security information from the International Institute for Strategic Studies
http://fpif.org/
Foreign policy publication of the Institute for Policy Studies
www.chathamhouse.org.uk
Reports and policy recommendations from Chatham House
www.ecfr.eu/
Publications from a pan-European organization
www.transparency.org/
Very useful information regarding corruption from the leading think tank of its kind
www.sipri.org/
Information and analysis on international conflict and security from a Swedish think tank

This group of links focuses on health, population, environment, and food information:
www.who.int
The main source for health issues from the World Health Organization
www.globalhealth.org
Statistics and useful information from the Global Health Council
http://www.ifrc.org/
Reports from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
www.oxfam.org
Papers and analysis from Oxfam International
www.unchs.org/categories.asp?catid=2
Country reports and recent actions from UN HABITAT
www.unaids.org
Information related to AIDS from the UN
www.unfpa.org
The UN’s source for information relating to the global population
www.populationaction.org/
General information on the world’s population from Population Action International
www.unep.org
The main source for information on environmental issues from the UN
www.unfccc.int
Climate change information from the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change
www.unccd.int
Information on desertification from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification
www.unesco.org/science
Articles and reports from the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
www.wmo.ch
Information on weather, climate, and water, from the UN Meteorological Organization
www.wfp.org
Reports from the UN World Food Program
www.fao.org
Statistics and articles from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization

This group of links focuses on children, women, and education:
www.unicef.org
Reports, briefings, and country reports on children from the UN Children's Fund
www.un.org/children/conflict/english
All necessary information regarding children in armed conflict from the UN
www.un.org/youth
Information on how young people live from the UN
www.hrw.org/children
Statistics, information, and reports on children’s rights from Human Rights Watch
www.unicef.org/gender
Information on gender equality from the UN
www.un.org/womenwatch
Regional information and links to other resources from the UN
www.unifem.org
Information on gender issues from the UN Development Fund for Women
www.hrw.org/women
Information on gender equality from Human Rights Watch
www.unesco.org
Education information and links from the UN’s main education body

This group of links focuses on human rights:
www.un.org/rights
The source for all human rights information and links to other sites from the UN
www.ohchr.org
Country reports, briefings, and other information from the UN’s High Commissioner
www.hrw.org/
Country reports and other general information from Human Rights Watch
www.amnesty.org
Information and links from Amnesty International
www.freedomhouse.org
Country reports on different types of rights and publications from Freedom House
www.humantrafficking.org
Country reports and information from a group funded by the U.S. State Department
www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/
Country reports on human rights from the U.S. State Department

This group of links focuses on development, finance, trade, and poverty:
www.undp.org
The main resource for development issues from the UN Development Programme
www.wto.org
Information and links from the World Trade Organization
www.imf.org/external/country/
Country-related information and briefings from the International Monetary Fund
http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/0,,pagePK:180619~theSitePK:136917,00.html
Country statistics and information from the World Bank Group
www.ifad.org
General information from the International Fund for Agricultural Development
www.unesco.org/
Information on ongoing projects to alleviate poverty from UNESCO
www.unctad.org
Statistics and links from the UN Conference on Trade and Development
www.un.org/issues/reg-comm.html
The list of UN regional commissions and links to their websites from the UN
www.un.org/esa/sustdev
The base for all resources relating to sustainable development from the UN
www.ilo.org
Articles and documents from the International Labour Organization
www.unido.org
Links to specific projects and general information on industrial progress from the UN
www.unohrlls.org/
Reports, publications, and statistics on development from OHRLLS
www.un.org/esa/
Information and reports on economic and social development from the UN

This group of links focuses on disarmament, security, and humanitarian affairs:
www.un.org/peace/
Links to anything related to peace and security from the UN
www.un.org/disarmament
The biggest source of all information relating to disarmament and security from the UN
www.opcw.org
The largest resource from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
www.unidir.org/
Reports, articles, and other publications on disarmament from the UN
http://pws.ctbto.org
Reports and general information on the CTBT from the CTBT’s Preparatory Commission
www.iaea.org
The main source for atomic energy information from the IAEA
www.nti.org/index.php
In-depth reports on all nuclear issues from the Nuclear Threat Initiative
www.un.org/Depts/dpko/dpko/index.asp
All information on peacekeeping from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
www.mineaction.org/index.asp
Reports and general information regarding landmines from the UN
www.icbl.org/
Country reports on landmines from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
www.unodc.org/unodc/en/terrorism/index.html
Links to major pages regarding terrorism from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime
www.un.org/terrorism/
Useful links to all things related to terrorism and security from the UN
www.globalsecurity.org/
A Large resource of country reports, articles, and analysis from Global Security
www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home
The main resource for information related to refugees from the UN
www.un.org/ha/
Links to all possible information regarding humanitarian affairs from the UN
http://ochaonline.un.org
News and articles on all humanitarian emergencies from the UN
www.unicef.org/emerg/
Humanitarian policy from the UN Children’s Fund
www.reliefweb.int
Reports on all humanitarian crises from ReliefWeb, a group affiliated with the UN

This group of links focuses on international law, international trade law, and intellectual property rights:
www.un.org/law
The major resource for all things related to international law from the UN
www.icj-cij.org/
Documents, decisions, and all other information regarding the ICJ from the UN
www.un.org/law/icc/index.html
All information regarding the International Criminal Court from the ICC
www.un.org/law/ilc/index.html
Publications and explanations of law from the International Law Commission
www.uncitral.org/uncitral/en/index.html
The source for all things related to trade law from the UN
www.wipo.int
Information on intellectual property from the World Intellectual Property Organization
www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/trips_e/trips_e.htm
A guide to the TRIPS Protocol and other intellectual property issues from the WTO