The United Nations (U.N.), according to Article 1 of the U.N. Charter is an organization of countries dedicated to “maintaining international peace and security; developing friendly relations among nations; cooperating internationally in solving international economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian problems and promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and harmonizing the actions of nations in attaining these common ends.”
The U.N. Charter was signed June 26, 1945 in San Francisco at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization. The Charter came into force on October 24, 1945. There are presently 193 members of the United Nations.
The U.N. consists of six principal bodies: General Assembly; Security Council; Economic and Social Council; the Trusteeship Council; the International Court of Justice; and the Secretariat. In addition, there are numerous funds, programmes, and specialized agencies working under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council in such diverse areas as health, finance, agriculture, civil aviation, and telecommunications.
This research guide covers print research materials, subscription databases, and internet resources for the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, (ECOSOC), and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Useful search terms to be used when searching by keyword within library catalogs, databases, and search engines for information related to international anti-corruption include:
(Security Council Official Records)
Reference Resources for Legal Abbreviations: