International Information by Subject

Agriculture and Food

Organizations

Statistics

  • AMAD: Agricultural Market Access Database
    Includes tariff rates, exchange rates, import statistics, world reference prices, and other data.
  • FAOSTAT
    Includes all statistical databases of the Food and Agriculture Organization.
  • UN/ECE Timber Database
    Provides data on forest resources and their utilization in North America, Europe, and the Former Soviet Republics.
  • WFP in Numbers 
    Presents World Food Programme statistics, including data on expenditures, food shipments, and resources.

Reports

Legal Sources

  • FAOLEX
    Contains treaties, laws, and regulations on food, agriculture, and renewable natural resources worldwide.

 

Arms Control

Organizations

Statistics

Databases

Annual Reports

Legal Sources

Directories

 

Children

Organizations

Statistics

  • The Progress of Nations  This visually stunning source from UNICEF, which ceased publication in 2000, ranks the nations of the world by their achievements in child health, nutrition, education, family planning, and progress for women.
  • State of the World’s Children  
    Addresses the social, economic, and political developments impacting children. Statistical data on health, nutrition, and education are provided for all countries.
  • Statistical Data from UNICEF
    Provides national data on infant and maternal mortality, vaccinations, oral rehydration, malnutrition, breastfeeding, school enrollment, and adult literacy.

 

Economic Development

Organizations

Regional Development Banks

Statistics

Databases

  • AccessUNDP
    Indexes project reports of the United Nations Development Programme issued between 1972 and 1998. Reports for 1989 onward may be found in the Government Documents Library under the call number MFICHE338.91Un4.  UIUC users only .
  • Eldis: The Gateway to Development Information
    Provides access to 10,000 full-text documents and 100,000 selected Web pages.

Annual Reports

  • Asian Development Outlook
    Surveys economic developments in the developing economies of the Asian and Pacific region. 
  • Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific
    Assesses the economic and financial state of Asian and Pacific economies. Some tables are found only in the print version of this publication.
  • Global Development Finance
    Tracks the annual movement of international capital flows to developing countries, and discusses selected analytical and policy issues in international finance.
  • Human Development Report
    Analyzes the role of a broad range of socioeconomic variables in fostering human well-being.  The human development indicators at the end of the report quantify these variables for every country.
  • Overcoming Human Poverty: UNDP Poverty Report
    Analyzes the structural causes of poverty and proposes solutions.
  • World Development Report
    Each annual volume of this World Bank publication evaluates policy options for promoting economic development.
  • World Economic Outlook
    Reviews global economic developments and provides an extensive statistical appendix.

Glossaries

Directories

 

Environment

Organizations

UN Bodies

UN Convention Secretariats

Other Organizations

Statistics

  • GRID: Global Resource Information Database
    Provides a wide range of environmental, ecological, and geographical data sets. Those that cannot be downloaded directly are described in detail and may be requested.

Indexes

Annual and Biennial Reports

Seminal Reports

Legal Sources

Glossaries

Directories

 

Health

Organizations

Statistics

  • Cancer Mondial  
    CANM brings together several key statistical databases on cancer. While the emphasis is on Europe, some of the databases cover other regions as well.
  • CIHI Country Health Profiles
    Consists of Health Statistics Reports, which present basic national-level demographic and health data for most developing countries.
  • Health for All Statistical Database (HFA-DB) 
    Contains data on key international health statistics for the World Health Organization’s European Region.
  • Reproductive Health Indicators
    This bibliographic and statistical database is an indispensable source of information on abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, and related topics in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Tobacco Free Initiative
    This site addresses the tobacco pandemic from many angles, supporting its positions with both popular and scholarly material.
  • WHO Statistical Information System
    WHOSIS is the World Health Organization’s most extensive statistical database.

Databases

Indexes

  • Health Reform Online
    The World Bank hails this as “the Web’s most comprehensive index of health reform resources.”

Annual Reports

  • World Health Report
    This is the principal statistical compendium on world health. The complete text is available for only 1999 and 2000 (excerpts are provided for earlier editions).

Legal Sources

  • International Digest of Health Legislation
    This database contains national and international health legislation. Texts are summarized or cited by title. Links to full-text legislation are provided when possible.

Glossaries

Directories

 

Human Rights

Organizations and Bodies

Human Rights Treaty Bodies

Each of the following UN committees monitors compliance with one or two major human rights conventions. The documents of each committee are available on the Treaty Body Database.

Charter-based Bodies

The Commission on Human Rights and the Sub-commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights publish some of the most authoritative country reports found on the Internet. The documents of these two bodies–as well as human rights documents issued by the General Assembly, the ECOSOC, and the Security Council–are available on the Charter-based Bodies Database.

Related Bodies

Human Rights Courts and Tribunals

NGOs

Databases

  • Charter-based Bodies Database
    Includes human rights documents issued by the UN’s major bodies, the UN Human Rights Commission, and the Commission’s Sub-commission.
  • Inter-American Human Rights Database
    Contains documents on cases brought before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
  • United Nations Treaty Collection
    This online database provides the most detailed information on the status of major multilateral instruments deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations and covers a range of subject matter such as Human Rights, Disarmament, Commodities, Refugees, the Environment and the Law of the Sea.

Annual Reports

Guides

Documentation

Bibliographies

  • Women’s Human Rights Resources
    Provides annotated bibliographies on more than thirty issues in women’s international human rights law. Each bibliography includes scholarly articles, conventions, UN and NGO reports, case law, and legislation, with links to full-text when possible.

 

Humanitarian Aid

Primary Sites

  • ReliefWeb
    ReliefWeb is the premier online source of information on natural disasters and complex emergencies. It includes maps, country updates, and more than 50,000 documents and archives.

Organizations and Bodies

Statistics

Annual Reports

  • World Disasters Report
    From the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, this report assesses humanitarian crises and the response of the international community.

Directories

 

Labor

Organizations

Statistics

  • ILOSTAT
    This new ILO database of labour statistics provides annual and infra-annual labour market statistics for over 100 indicators and 230 countries, areas and territories.
  • LABORSTA
    This database provides statistics on employment, wages, job-related injuries, and strikes and lockouts for all countries. As of 2008, ILO International Labour Migration Database was integrated into LABORSTA.

Databases

  • LABORDOC
    Labordoc, the ILO Library’s database, contains references and full text access to the world’s literature on the world of work.

Legal Sources

  • EPLex
    Employment Protection Legislation database provides information on all the key topics that are regularly examined in national and comparative studies on employment termination legislation. The information is broken down to cover more than 50 variables, and will be updated annually to facilitate analysis of impacts and trends over time.
  • NATLEX
    Contains information on national labor laws, social security, and workers’ rights.
  • NORMLEX
    NORMLEX is a new information system which brings together information on International Labour Standards (such as ratification information, reporting requirements, comments of the ILO’s supervisory bodies, etc.) as well as national labour and social security laws. It includes the NATLEX database as well as the information which was previously contained in the former APPLIS, ILOLEX and Libsynd databases.
  • TRAVAIL
    The TRAVAIL Database of Conditions of Work and Employment Laws provides a picture of the regulatory environment of working time, minimum wages and maternity protection in more than 100 countries around the world. It contains comprehensive legal information, which allows you to conduct customized research on a specific country, to compare the legislation of several countries or regions on a particular subject or to perform searches by text.

Glossaries

Directories

  • Ministries of Labor 
    Provides links to ministries of labor and an analysis of current developments and trends in ministries of labour all around the world.

International Law

Organizations

Courts and Tribunals

Treaties

Indexes

Bibliographies and Guides

Other Sites

 

Migrants and Refugees

Organizations

Statistics

  • Asylum data
    Covers Australia, Canada, the United States, and many Western European countries for 1992 to the present.
  • LABORSTA
    ILO International Labour Migration Database has been integrated in LABORSTA.On the LABORSTA welcome page please click on “Statistics” in the left menu; choose the “By topic” option; and from the “Other indicators” section select “International Labour Migration Statistics”. Provides data on citizenship, employment, immigrant laborers, and nationals working abroad.

Guides

 

Population

Organizations

Statistics

Databases

  • POPIN Electronic Library 
    Includes bibliographies and bibliographic databases, country and regional profiles, statistical sources, directories, and other resources.
  • Reproductive Health Indicators
    This bibliographic and statistical database is an indispensable source of information on abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, and related topics in Asia and the Pacific.

Annual Publications

  • State of Food Insecurity in the World
    SOFI provides detailed data on the number of people facing hunger by region and looks at a broad range of factors that contribute to food insecurity.
  • The State of World Population
    Each volume highlights critical population issues, such as the growth of young and old generations, reproductive rights, reproductive health, and urbanization.

Legal Sources

Guides

Glossaries

Directories

 

Trade

Organizations

Statistics

Databases

Search Engines

Indexes

  • Web Resources for International Trade
    Described as “the most comprehensive database of International Trade Web Resources on the Internet,” the site provides more than 3000 links to import/export sites.

Legal Sources

Directories

 

Women

Main Sites

Statistics

 

Directories