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United Nations iLibrary is the comprehensive global repository for digital content created by the United Nations and their related agencies. Initially launched in 2015, the platform was updated in 2021 to incorporate new features such as an interface in all six official UN languages and a search feature by Sustainable Development Goals. The new design also makes it faster and easier to find the reports you are looking for.

Content is organized by series title, publication year and alphabetically; and discovery of complete publications or even their components - chapters and articles - is a click away. The content is accessible in different formats - PDF, ePub and READ - to meet users' needs, whether for reading on a mobile device, sharing with peers via social network or integrating content into a report.

As of November 2022, the UN iLibrary contains over 10,500 ebook titles, 141,000 chapters, 9,500 articles, 450 series and 8 databases. The publications appear in all official languages of the United Nations: English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic as well as bilingual and trilingual publications. Every year about 500 new titles are added to the collection. Approximately 70% of which are in English and they will cover the following topics:

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SDGindicators Datasets
This dataset contains data on the global Sustainable Development Goal indicators and includes global and regional aggregates as well as country-level data for 115 of the 230 SDG indicators (for its 2016 edition), with almost 500 data series and more than 330,000 data records.
Minimum Set of Gender Indicators
This dataset is a collection of 52 quantitative indicators and 11 qualitative indicators covering national norms and laws on gender equality. The indicators are used as guide for the national production and international compilation of gender statistics and covers such dimensions as education, employment, health, the human rights of women and girls, and public life and decision making.
More Databases are being worked on and will be added to the platform in the future

UN iLibrary Features
  • Content is organized by series title, publication year and alphabetically
  • Granular content - users can search and click directly to components such as chapters or articles. Every content level has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and static URL
  • Integrated search results, PDF and READ version
  • A citation tool for all content, integrating with popular bibliographic management systems
  • Content in context - related content is one click away
  • Links to previous editions with the option to download any full text item such as chapters from the table of contents
  • Users can navigate back and forth via hierarchical "breadcrumb trails"
  • Bibliographic MARC records and KBART Phase 2 Metadata are available to subscribers
  • Usage monitoring COUNTER4 compliant usage statistics are available to subscribers
  • RSS Feeds
  • Users can read and share the READ version of content on all internet connected desktop and mobile devices
  • Athens/Shibboleth federated authentication for US and UK institutions
  • All United Nations iLibrary metadata and fully text indexed by the four major Discovery Services. EBSCO, WorldCat, Summon and Primo)
  • Perpetual access to subscribed content
  • Re-use of all subscribed content for institutional purposes with no further permission required
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  • Subscribers can self-manage the administration and account settings on their account
  • The UN staff offer live online presentations covering subjects such as the navigation of iLibrary and its content or UN topics of interest to the subscribing institution
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What's New on UN iLibrary
State of World Population 2022
Seeing the Unseen - The Case for Action in the Neglected Crisis of Unintended Pregnancy

The State of World Population 2022 will take up the issue of unintended pregnancy and look at its drivers and impact. We will take a look at causes and consequences of unmet need for family planning, but also at the constellation of forces that can lead to an unintended pregnancy and at how that pregnancy can harm a woman's or adolescent's health, her earnings potential and more. more ...

Handbook on Water Allocation in a Transboundary Context

At its eight session, the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) decided to develop a handbook based on existing practices covering the key aspects of equitable and sustainable allocation of water in the transboundary context, addressing both surface waters and groundwaters, and also environmental flows (programme area 3, activity 3.3). Work began in 2019 on developing the Transboundary Water Allocation Handbook, which will provide a global review of water allocation arrangements in transboundary basins. Illustrative case studies from around the world will highlight diverse transboundary allocation practices, challenges and lessons learned. more ...

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022
Our World at Risk: Transforming Governance for a Resilient Future

The central question for this year's report is how governance systems can evolve to better address the systemic risks of the future. In today's crowded and interconnected world, disaster impacts increasingly cascade across geographies and sectors, as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are rapidly making clear. Despite progress, risk creation is outstripping risk reduction. Disasters, economic loss, and the underlying vulnerabilities that drive risk, such as poverty and inequality, are increasing just as ecosystems and biospheres are at risk of collapse. more ...

Human Development Report 2021/2022
Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives: Shaping our Future in a Transforming World

Continuing the thread of the 2019 and 2020 Human Development Reports (HDRs), the 2021/2022 HDR carries forward a conversation centered on inequalities while integrating other important themes related to uncertainties in the Anthropocene: societal-level transformations, mental health impacts, political polarization, but also, crucially, opportunity. The Report explores how uncertainty in the Anthropocene is changing, what is driving it, what it means for human development, and how we can thrive in spite of it. The Report argues that, in the end, doubling down on human development is central to a more prosperous future for all. more ...

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2022

This is the United Nations definitive report on the state of the world economy, providing global and regional economic outlook for 2022 and 2023. The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2022 will examine the recovery of the global economy from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to presenting the latest UN growth forecasts, the report will provide a comprehensive assessment of economic developments, risk factors, and policy challenges. This year's thematic chapter will discuss the macroeconomic and distributional consequences of monetary policy, with particular focus on unconventional measures such as quantitative easing (QE). more ...

2022 Special Report on Human Security
New Threats to Human Security in the Anthropocene: Demanding Greater Solidarity

The report finds a development conundrum. Despite people on average living longer, healthier, and wealthier lives, these advances have not succeeded in increasing people's sense of security. This is true for countries right across the development spectrum, with perceptions of insecurity worsening most in several high-income countries, even before the Covid-19 pandemic. The report links new threats with the disconnect between people and planet in pursuit of development, arguing that they are deeply entwined with increasing planetary pressure. more ...

Berkeley Protocol on Digital Open Source Investigations
A Practical Guide on the Effective Use of Digital Open Source Information in Investigating Violations of International Criminal, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

The Berkeley Protocol on Digital Open Source Investigations identifies international standards for conducting online research of alleged violations of international criminal, human rights, and humanitarian law. It provides guidance on methodologies and procedures for gathering, analyzing, and preserving digital information in a professional, legal, and ethical manner. The Protocol sets out measures that online investigators can and should take to protect the digital, physical, and psychosocial safety of themselves and others, including witnesses, victims, and first responders (such as citizens, activists, and journalists) who risk their own wellbeing to document war crimes and human rights violations so that those who are responsible are brought to justice. more ...

World Investment Report 2022
International Tax Reforms and Sustainable Investment

The World Investment Report 2022 provides the latest trends and prospects for foreign direct investment. It documents the recovery of cross-border investment flows after the pandemic shock, looking at greenfield investment in industry, project finance in infrastructure, and international production activities of the largest multinationals. The Report also reviews recent policy developments, including trends in national investment policy measures and international investment agreements. It presents an overview of international corporate taxation and national investment incentive schemes worldwide. more ...