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The daily briefing   of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General is available on line, as well as the full text of the Secretary-General's statements and press conferences  .

For breaking news on events across the UN system, visit the Coverage of the meetings of the Security Council, General Assembly and other main bodies in  English    and French    . It is possible to subscribe to an rss feed to all meetings and press releases. Of course, you will find out about meetings scheduled in the Journal   , available in six languages  and you can follow the Journal on facebook   and twitter   (see also eSubscriptions   ).

UN News Centre    ,a multimedia Internet portal in the six languages ( English    and French    as well as in Arabic , Chinese , Russian    and Spanish    ). You can follow the UN News Centre in English and French on twitter   and facebook   , subscribe to RSS feeds   or sign up to receive emails on topics of interest.

 

UN Radio   podcasts and news agency style snippets can be subscribed to by RSS or you can keep yourself informed by referring to UN Radio’s facebook   page, twitter   feed or itunes podcasts   . UN Radio broadcasts in six languages plus Portuguese and Kiswahili. 

  

The Webcast   unit broadcasts live press conferences, the daily briefing and official meetings. It can be followed on youtube   , facebook   , twitter   or rss   . The Photo   unit can be followed on flickr   , twitter   , facebook   or rss   .

 

 

UN Information Centres   around the world report on their outreach activities on their own local rss   feeds and there is also a central twitter   and rss   feed. 
 


 

UN Documents

Active search for Official Documents

ODS - Next stop, official UN documents. That’s the realm of the Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS).

Let’s imagine you are looking for the text of a recent resolution adopted by the Security Council on Libya. Type in "security council libya" in the search field on the ODS page. The resolution appears third in the results. For better results click on "sort by date"; resolution S/RES/1970 (2011) on Libya appears at the top of the search results.

For a more targeted search, you may want to use the previous version of the ODS   .

ODS is accessible to the public from anywhere in the world, and there is a quick link on the iSeek home page. Note that besides the six official languages, DGACM provides access to some documents in German  .

If you are not sure of how to decipher UN documentation, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library regularly holds training sessions on using and finding UN documentation or try one of the Library’s online tutorials  

The Library Reference Team   is always available as well by phone (212-963-7412) or email : unreference@un.org  .

 

Quick Link URL - If you already know the symbol of the document you are looking for, you can create a link to it and access the document directly, by building on the URL ' http://undocs.org  ' (http:// is actually optional).

To recreate the symbol for a GA document, use the unique symbol "A" and add the session number plus the number of the document. If we want a link to document number 537 published by the GA during its sixty-fifth session, it will look like this: http://undocs.org/A/65/537  .

If you type it in a web browser, you will get immediate access to a menu offering you a choice of a pdf in any of the six official languages. 

Similarly, if you are looking for Security Council resolution 1969 adopted in 2011, you would only need to type in http://undocs.org/S/RES/1969(2011)  . For more information on symbols, please refer to the Research Guide to United Nations Document Symbols   .

 

eSubscriptions

Instead of looking for documents, you can choose to let them come to you, especially as they are published.There are many options to choose from on the e-Subscription   page:

RSS feeds for your browser or mobile device - RSS feeds are available for many documents. You can subscribe to a feed of the UN Journal   and all new documents from the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, the Economic and Social Council, Others or combinations of these.

Email Subscription - You may opt instead to have them sent directly to your email address – beware not to flood your mailbox though. Documents keep coming at as fast pace.

eDocuments for eReaders - For the procès verbaux (PVs - in fact full transcriptions and translations) of meetings of the General Assembly, you can opt for the ePub format instead of pdf, which is specific to eReaders, from the Digital Magazine Downloads   page offered by the Meetings and Publishing Division of DGACM.

UN Pulse - The UN Pulse   blog alerts you to just-released information, major reports, publications and documents. It is a service maintained by a team of reference librarians at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York and is available to the public on the internet from any location. You can subscribe to the twitter feed   and an rss feed  

 
UNTERM - To help weave your way through the world of UN acronyms and UN titles, refer to UNTERM , the UN Multilingual Terminology Database, available in 6 Official Languages and updated daily. For example, you know that UN-Women was just launched. You want to know its official acronym, or the long name, if any, and you want it in Russian. 

 If you click on the card on the left side, you will get more information on the entity and when it was created, in all six languages. You can narrow your search results by unclicking the languages you don't use.

You can also use the database to check facts about Member States. If you search for example for Belize, clicking on the little card on the left side will give you information about the national flag, the date of entry into the UN (25 September 1981), the capital city (Belmopan), the official languages (English, Spanish), the official designation for the population's nationality (Belizean) etc.

UNTERM is accessible to UN staff and to the public from anywhere in the world, on the Internet.



Electronic Reference, UN Documentation and Publications

Many reference books and reports published by the UN are available electronically for Kindle and eReaders, the iPhone and iPad, Android and other mobile devices on the UN Publications   page. This includes iPhone apps, or electronic book on the iBookstore from Apple or the Kindle store from Amazon. 

These materials include, to name but a few: the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the "Blue Book" of Permanent Missions to the UN  , the United