General UN Web Sites

United Nations Resource Guide - An internet guide to understanding the United Nations.
  1. General UN Web Sites
    1. The Greater Milwaukee United Nations Association
      The Greater Milwaukee United Nations Association (GMUNA) web site offers information about the local chapter of the UNA, as well as links to resources and information about the UN, and UN activities in Milwaukee. This site also provides general information about the Wisconsin High School Model United Nations program.
    2. The United Nations Association-USA
      The United Nations Association of the United States of America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan national organization dedicated to enhancing U.S. participation in the United Nations system and to strengthening that system as it seeks to define and carry out its mission. UNA-USA's action agenda uniquely combines education and public research, substantive policy analysis, advocacy, and ongoing U.S.-U.N. dialogue.
    3. The United Nations Association-Wisconsin
      The United Nations Association of Wisconsin web site provides information about programs and resources related to the UN throughout Wisconsin.
    4. The United Nations Foundation
      The UN Foundation web site is currently under construction, but individuals can subscribe to the UNWire service by visiting the site listed above. The UNWire Service offers daily updates related to contemporary international issues. Individuals subscribed to the service receive an e-mail when the current updates are available. This site is an excellent way to keep up with UN news from around the world.
    5. United Nations Home Page
      The United Nations Home Page provides general information and background concerning the mission and activities of the United Nations including: peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and international law.
    6. United Nations System
      This is the official web site locator for the UN system of organizations. Use this site to learn more about any and all of the hundreds of UN agencies.
  2. UN Agencies
    1. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
      Founded in 1945, the FAO has the responsibility of improving nutritional standards. This site includes information about nutrition, improving the output of farms, fisheries, and forests. It also has a built-in searchable index.
    2. International Labor Organization (ILO)
      The International Labour Organization, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland, is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.
    3. International Maritime Organization (IMO)
      Based in London, England, the International Maritime Organization oversees maritime safety and prevents pollution from ships.
    4. International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
      The International Telecommunications Union, which is based in Geneva, ensures orderly global communications networks by assigning frequencies and satellite orbits.
    5. UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
      The United Nations Development Fund for Women is based in New York, and promotes women's empowerment and gender equality throughout the world.
    6. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
      The UNICEF works to better the conditions of children worldwide. Information on this site can be found on topics ranging from the threat of landmines to children to the problem of child labor. It also has a built-in search engine.
    7. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
      The UNDP focuses on the elimination of poverty by improving member countries' capacity to develop jobs and promoting market development. Links to country offices and program activities are provided.
    8. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
      Based in Paris, UNESCO promotes collaboration among member nations in education, science, and culture. In addition to a subject listing of the organization's work, this site includes a searchable index which contains some full-text documents.
    9. United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
      The United Nations Environmental Programme, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya, provides information on various environmental programs, aimed at improving the quality of life, is available through this site. Information on current world-wide environmental concerns is also available.
    10. United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA)
      This agency's mission is to ensure access to family planning services and encourage population development strategies. This site contains reports on world population, population issues, and emergency reproductive health care.
    11. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR)
      The concern of the United Nations with the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms stems directly from the realization by the international community that "recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world", and from the resultant pledge of States Members of the United Nations "to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms."
    12. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
      Based in Washington, DC, this agency is responsible for the well-being of world refugees. The site contains a clickable map which provides information on refugees in specific countries. It also includes a section for teachers, complete with lesson plans.
    13. Universal Postal Union (UPU)
      The Universal Postal Union, which is based in Berne, Switzerland, works to ensure delivery of mail throughout the world.
    14. World Bank (IBRD)
      Known as the World Bank, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) provides loans as well as technical assistance to member nations to help increase their standards of living. The subject index provided is useful in locating information about the bank's many projects.
    15. World Food Programme (WFP)
      Fighting world hunger is the main focus of this agency. This site includes information on world regions with the greatest food shortages, weekly emergency reports, and areas vulnerable to disaster as a result of war or natural disasters.
    16. World Health Organization (WHO)
      Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the WHO works to promote high levels of physical, mental, and social health. This site contains information on disease outbreaks around the world, reports on drug use, and health advice for travelers, among others.
    17. World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
      Available in English, French, and Spanish, this site provides information ranging from weather prediction to air pollution. A useful list of links to information on hurricane El NiƱo, is also provided. The WMO is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
      International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
      Based in Montreal, Canada, the ICAO assists pilots from different countries to fly safely in each other's air space and land at local airports.
  3. Teaching About the UN
    1. International Bureau of Education
      This web site is part of the UNESCO Center for Information and Research in the field of comparative education.
    2. UNA-USA Model UN and Education Programs
      Supplies information about model UN, United Nations essay contests and curriculum development for k-12 teachers.
    3. United Nations Cyber School Bus
      United Nations teaching units, games, and projects are available at this site.
    4. Voices of Youth Home Page
      This site allows students and teachers around the world to learn about and discuss global issues on-line.
    5. Wisconsin Model United Nations
      The Wisconsin Model United Nations is sponsored by the UW-Milwaukee Institute of World Affairs and is staffed by Wisconsin university students. The two-day conference provides a unique opportunity for learning how the United Nations functions and for practicing the arts of diplomacy, debate, negotiation, and parliamentary procedure. In playing the roles of UN delegates, students develop in-depth knowledge of the culture, economy, and policies of the nations they represent.