By CONNIE FOSSI
The Web site address is http://www.un.org/en/databases/.
From information about the organization to detailed reports, the United Nations’ databases website offers to its users a wide range of possibilities to find factual and unique data about the UN members and the issues affecting them.
This website includes a variety of databases where users can navigate by using keywords or specific information about the article or report they are looking for including department, series, publishing agency, release date, and even the language of preference.
Each database is divided into subcategories that are well-organized in different sections. For instance, the non-governmental organizations database is categorized into international, regional, national and community levels, which at the same time can be divided into fields of activity (sanitation, demographics, education, agriculture, and others).
One of the most useful databases is the statistical one, which focuses on projections, estimates, and reports about population growth, sex ratio, birth, death, and even fertility rates for every country involved in the UN based on multiple indicators.
The website also provides an archives and records management section, where users can get information about the history of the UN for research, teaching, legal proceedings, or media purposes. This database is extremely useful to make comparisons between issues that occurred in different periods of time.
For all the users who are not familiar with the UN’s terminology, the website also offers a multilingual terminology database that includes 85,000 entries in six official languages. This database is constantly updated and is subjected to review (if a user requests it).
The UN databases website is definitely an easy option to get information about global epidemics, human rights, civil society, disaster management, UN membership requirements, news reports, and the issues affecting the countries involved in the organization at an international, national and local level.
All online data presented in the UN databases is available for “interactive query” and it can be downloaded by website visitors.