UN-I-QUE - Ready reference file for UN document symbols/sales numbers
United Nations Documentation: Research Guide - from the Dag Hammarskjold Library
Conflict Barometer 2008 - published annually by the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research at the Department of Political Science, University of Heidelberg
HOMER - a search in HOMER, the USC Libraries online catalog, will be helpful in locating print documents.
A brief outline of the United Nations structure
Originally composed of 51 countries committed to preserving peace, the United Nations was founded by Charter on 24 October 1945. Today, membership includes nearly every nation in the world, 192 countries. The United Nations is not a world government and does not make laws. The stated purposes of the United Nations are: To maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations; to cooperate in solving international, economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian problems and in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and to be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations. The United Nations family of organizations provide technical assistance and help in mostly all economic and social areas.
The General Assembly -- the chief policymaking organ; plays a significant role in codification of international law
The Security Council -- responsible for maintaining international peace and security
The Economic and Social Council -- the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues; formulates policy recommendations
The Trusteeship Council -- having fulfilled its original purpose, has suspended operations
The International Court of Justice -- principal judicial organization of the United Nations
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