International documents

International documents collection

Auckland Libraries' international documents collection consists of material from the United Nations (UN), encompassing the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Trade Organisation (WTO), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD).

United Nations collection

The United Nations is an international organisation comprising 193 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security; and promoting human rights, social progress and better living standards.

Auckland Libraries’ Central City Library branch on Lorne Street is one of only two libraries in New Zealand that holds a selection of UN materials – the other is the Parliamentary Library in Wellington.

We have been a deposit for UN documents since the organisation was founded in 1945 after the Second World War. Our collection includes:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)

UN documents cover topics such as:

  • International law
  • International health
  • Economic and social development
  • Sustainable development
  • Environment and refugees protection
  • Disaster relief and reduction
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Disarmament and non-proliferatio

Many UN reports are now available online and are free to access. You can also view the most recently received documents on the first floor at Central City Library. The majority of this reference-only collection is stored in the basement at Central City Library – please ask at the enquiries desk if you wish to access these.

If you're not a member of Auckland Libraries, you can arrange for an inter-library loan to access a particular document. Just ask at your local library.


Key United Nations publications

Basic facts about the United Nations
A guide to everything you need to know about the United Nations.

Demographic yearbook
An international statistical source covering trends in population, fertility, mortality, marriage and divorce, international migration and population census data.

Monthly bulletin of statistics
Published quarterly, the Monthly Bulletin includes up-to-date statistical information on subjects such as trade, population, fuel imports, civil aviation traffic, food, finance, national income and more.

Population and vital statistics report
A quarterly journal of population estimates for the 218 countries comprising the United Nations.

Statistical yearbook: International statistics on the socio-economic development of the world
Includes information on the world economy, economic trends, population and social statistics, economic activity and international economic relations.

Treaty series
Contains every treaty and international agreement recorded with the Secretariat since 1946.  The treaties are published in chronological order of registration and each entry includes details about its subsequent history.

World economic and social survey
An in-depth look at current trends and policies in the world economy.

World statistics pocketbook
A compilation of basic economic, social and environmental indicators for 209 countries and areas worldwide.  Covers information on population, health, surface area, refugees, national accounts, labour force and more.  Each section includes comparative data for the last 10 years.

FAO collection

An agency of the United Nations, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) leads international efforts in defeating world hunger.

Each year, FAO publishes over 300 titles to provide comprehensive and objective information on:

  • the current global state of food and agriculture
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • forestry
  • agricultural commodity markets
  • genetic engineering
  • climate change


Key FAO publications

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