Government Documents - International Resources

CEDAW: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. more info

Council of Europe
Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals. more info

Country Profiles / Area Handbooks
This series is part of the Country Studies Program, formerly the Army Area Handbook Program. They offer brief information on a country’s historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security. more info

Digital National Security Archive
Citations, abstracts and full-text of declassified U.S. government documents, including bulletins, memos, reports, agreements (primarily acquired through FOIA requests) covering U.S. foreign policy since 1945. Arranged in discrete collections; see Collections Guide, but can be searched across collections. more info

Directory of Development Organizations
International organizations; government ministries & institutions; planning agencies; private sector support organizations: chambers of commerce and industry, fair trade organizations; central banks, national development banks, microfinance institutions, finance houses; training and research organizations: civil society organizations; faith-based development organizations, development programmes and projects; development consulting firms: information providers: development newsletters/journals, development publishers, web resources, databases; grantmakers and philanthropic organizations. more info

The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Ecolex is operated jointly by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme). more info

FAOSTAT is an on-line and multilingual database currently containing over 3 million time-series records covering international statistics in the following areas: production, trade, food balance sheets, producer prices, forestry trade flow, land use and irrigation, forest and fishery products, fertilizers and pesticides, agricultural machinery, food aid shipments, and food exports. more info

Foreign Relations of the United States 0nline (FRUS)
FRUS constitutes the official record of the foreign policy of the United States. See also the print edition at Sawyer E183.7 U6. more info

Global Legal Monitor
Online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It draws on information from official national legal publications and reliable press sources. more info

Global Peace Index
Ranks 120 nations according to their relative peacefulness. The Global Peace Index is composed of 24 indicators, ranging from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighbouring countries and the level of respect for human rights. more info

Government of Canada Publications
The Government of Canada Publications website provides access to free and priced publications authored by Government of Canada departments. more info

ILOLEX Database of International Labour Standards
ILOLEX is a trilingual database containing ILO Conventions and Recommendations, ratification information, comments of the Committee of Experts and the Committee on Freedom of Association, representations, complaints, interpretations, General Surveys, and numerous related documents. more info

International Court of Justice Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders
Summaries of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders of the International Court of Justice. more info

International Labour Organization (ILO)
Main ILO database on labour statistics covering household incomes and expendture statistics,economically active population (data since 1945), employment, unemployment, employment by sex for detailed occupational groups (1970-2000), public sector employment, statistical sources and methods, hours of work, wages, labour cost, consumer prices, occupational injuries and strikes and lockouts (data since 1969). It is the main ILO statistical database and has statistics published in the Yearbook of Labour Statistics, the October Inquiry and the Bulletin of Labour Statistics. It also includesestimates and projections of the economically active population. more info

JPRS (Joint Publications Research Service) Reports
English-language archive of translations of foreign scientific, technical, and social science materials. Includes monographs, reports, serials, journal articles, newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from around the world, with an emphasis on communist and developing countries. more info

Nations of the World
Links to worldwide official government websites. more info

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. more info

Official Documents - United Kingdom
Official Documents is the official reference facility for Command and departmentally sponsored House of Commons Papers. From May 2005 onwards, all Command Papers and House of Commons Papers, as well as Key Departmental Papers, are available for free on the site in PDF format. more info

PARLINE database on national parliaments
The PARLINE database contains information on the structure and working methods of 265 parliamentary chambers in all of the 188 countries where a national legislature exists. From the Inter-Parliamentary Union, established in 1889. more info

Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 - A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court." more info

Treaties of the Council of Europe
The Council of Europe Treaty Series groups together all the conventions concluded within the Organisation since 1949. Whatever they are called (“agreement”, “convention”, “arrangement”, “charter”, “code”, etc.), all these texts are international treaties in the sense of the Convention of Vienna of 1969 on the law of treaties. more info

United Nations General Assembly Resolutions
Text, dates of adoption, and vote totals for United Nations General Assembly resolutions. To compare U.N. member voting history using a variety of indicators, see Voting Practices in the United Nations from the U.S. Dept of State. more info

United Nations Security Council Resolutions
Text, dates of adoption, and vote totals of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions from 1946 to current. To get comparisons of voting practices of countries in the United Nations, including the United States, see Voting Practices in the United Nations from the U.S. Dept. of State. more info

United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS)
A collection of treaties and international agreements registered or filed and recorded with and published by the Secretariat since 1946. The UNTS includes the texts of treaties in their authentic language(s), along with translations into English and French, as appropriate. more info

Yearbooks: United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
"The UNCITRAL Yearbook is a compilation of all substantive documents related to the work of the Commission and its Working Groups. It also reproduces the annual Report of the Commission which is published as Supplement No. 17 of the "Official Records of the General Assembly". more info

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