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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 platform will allow you to access reliable information concerning COVID 19. 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 March 2021, the UN iLibrary contains over 9,000 ebook titles, 130,000 chapters, 8,200 articles, 415 series and 2 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:

"New Statistical Databases"

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
  • Access via Proxy server available
  • 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 the World's Indigenous Peoples
Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources


This publication offers a wide-ranging perspective on indigenous peoples' rights to lands, territories and resources, examining legislation and agreements at the national and international level, identifying successful practices and continued obstacles, and suggesting ways forward. Adopted in 2007, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples positions the right to self-determination and collective rights to lands, territories and resources at its core. more ...

World Social Report 2021
Reconsidering Rural Development


The World Social Report is a new Flagship annual from the UN that is the result of the merger of two former annual titles, the Report on the World Social Situation and the World Economic and Social Survey. The Report examines the links between inequality and the mega trends of climate change, frontier technologies, urbanization and international migration. more ...

Many Hands on an Elephant
What Enhances Community Resilience to Radicalisation into Violent Extremism?


In 2015, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), with the generous support of European Commission Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), launched the Pilot Project on Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism in the Sahel-Maghreb - an ambitious project that sought to work with civil society organizations in nine countries of the region in order to pilot and evaluate small-scale interventions of varying nature, scope and duration. The ultimate goal of this Pilot Project was to better understand what works and what does not work in terms of strengthening the resilience of local communities to radicalization and violent extremism. After five years of implementation, with more than 80 interventions, more than 500 activities and more than 23,000 individuals involved, UNICRI and DG NEAR are proud to present the results of this research. more ...

World Wildlife Crime Report 2020
Trafficking in Protected Species


The report presents the latest assessment of global trends in wildlife crime. It includes discussions on illicit rosewood, ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales, live reptiles, tigers and other big cats, and European eel. more ...

Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2021
Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development


This report assesses progress in implementing the commitments and actions in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. The global economic recession and financial turmoil from COVID-19 (coronavirus) are derailing implementation of the Agenda and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). more ...

Worlds of Influence
Understanding What Shapes Child Well-being in Rich Countries


For the last 20 years, the Innocenti Report Card series has led the way in comparing children's well-being across rich countries. Report Card 16 develops this further through a multi-level approach to show that children's well-being is influenced by children's own actions and relationships, by the networks and resources of their caregivers, and by public policies and the national context. more ...

Intermodal Transport in the Age of COVID-19 - Practices, Initiatives and Responses
Building Pandemic Resilient Transport Systems


This publication provides an overview of the work of the UNECE Sustainable Transport Division in supporting countries to overcome challenges faced by their inland transport systems related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Covering five thematic areas, it assesses the different impacts for each area and provides an overview of policy support measures in each of these fields, as provided by the Division: 1. Border Crossing Facilitation; 2. Transport trends and economics; 3. Intermodal transport and logistics; 4. Dangerous goods; 5. Vehicles regulations. more ...

State of World Population 2021
My Body Is My Own - Claiming the Right to Autonomy and Self-determination


Nearly half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to decide whether to have sex with their partners, use contraception or seek health care, according to UNFPA's 2021 flagship State of World Population report, released today. For the first time, a United Nations report focuses on bodily autonomy: the power and agency to make choices about your body, without fear of violence or having someone else decide for you. more ...