This LibGuide was created for the purpose of providing users with a basic understanding of the United Nations, its structure, and to provide users with access to resources available online and at FIU’s Green Library.
The United Nations (UN) is an international organization, founded after World War II, for the purposes of maintaining international peace and security. The Charter of the United Nations states:
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The UN's 4 main goals, according to its website, are:
The UN is comprised of a number of different member states. Florida International University's Green Library is one of a handful of official UN Depository Libraries and contains a number of excellent primary source materials concerning a wide variety of subjects within international relations.
The United Nations is a large and complex organization. Like all government documents research, it is essential to first understand the structure in order to effectively research regarding a topic. Before researching, find out which branch or committee of the United Nations would be most likely to be interested in your subject. By first thinking about the agency interested in your subject, you can more effectively find primary source documents in the UN Depository collection.
The Main Bodies of the UN: