On the occasion of the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), we've digitised meeting records of the first 10 sessions (1947-1956).

What were the challenges encountered by women in different Member States, and what sorts of issues were discussed? Find out more here:

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Did you know our FAQs on the United Nations are available in English, French and Spanish? Explore them here: #AskDag

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Thank you to Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, USG Cristina Gallach, and all who celebrated the re-opening of the second-floor reading room with us! It was a fitting way to mark 55 years since the Dag Hammarskjöld Library was inaugurated in 1961...
New report from @UN Secretary-General : preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse :

The United Nations System is a complex group of organizations, institutions and entities.

Our new Research Guide reveals some of the key members of the UN System, focusing on documents, publications and information resources.

Check it out here:

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Yesterday, the Library hosted an information table at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Library staff engaged with a number of delegates, UN staff and NGOs from all over the world. They guided them to Library resources, provided them with gender related publications and responded to their research questions.

Attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)? Want to learn more about conducting research on women and gender-based topics?

We're offering 45 min information sessions in English, French and Spanish during CSW62 for anyone with a valid UNHQ ground pass.

Sign up for a session here:

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The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has begun at United Nations Headquarters in NY. This year's theme focuses on achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Want to learn more? Check out our guide of resources to get you started:

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Today we are celebrating International Women's Day! This year's theme "Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives" highlights the importance of empowering women in all settings, rural and urban.

Interested in how the Commission on the Status of Women was established? #AskDag

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Mr. Dilip Sinha, former diplomat and special guest of India at UN (Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, New York) recently conducted extensive research using the Library’s unique United Nations documents collection and resources.

Library staff interviewed him to find out about his experience:

Mr. Dilip Sinha, former diplomat and a special guest of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, talks about his experience conducting research ...
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UN Women

Join us on Facebook Live to find out more about activism and taking action on gender equality! We will be live on 7 March at 12:25 PM EST from the Naciones Headquarters in New York with UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, activist Monica Ramirez, president of Alianza Nacional De Campesinas, and UN Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake for a conversation moderated by Ghida Fakhry. Don't miss out!

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Access to information is critical to prepare tomorrow’s leaders. Yet, most libraries and research institutions in developing countries lack resources to access up-to-date data.

Researchers, law students, policymakers, judges and legal experts in low- and middle-income countries can now get free or low-cost online access to legal information and training from the world’s leading academic publishers.

Researchers - want to find out more about what took place in the United Nations General Assembly last session?

The Index to Proceedings of the General Assembly for the 71st session (2016-2017) is now available on the Library website:

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The majority of drug users worldwide lack access to treatment. Even when programmes are available, they are often of poor quality.

That is one of the findings of the 2017 International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report, launched at United Nations Vienna. Read more on the global drug control situation:

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Big cats are facing many threats including habitat loss, poaching, wildlife trafficking and climate change which are all caused by human activities.

To find out how the United Nations responds to illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking, check out our #AskDag FAQ on the topic:

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The video marking this significant occasion was filmed partially in the Library's Second Floor Reading Room.

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For the first time in history, the United Nations has achieved gender parity among its senior leaders — now 23 women and 21 men. Secretary-General António Guterres aims to reach parity at all levels.

Yesterday the Dag Hammarskjöld Library launched their new “Library Spotlight Series”, a series of short and engaging events with UN experts on current global challenges, with a discussion focusing on rising inequality.

Authors of the Report on the World Social Situation (, a United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) flagship publication explained their work, presented data on levels and trends of inequality, and discussed policy dir...ections for achieving SDG 10 (reducing inequality within countries). Income inequality, inequality across social groups and high inequalities were among the topics detailed by the speakers.

The session was introduced by Ramona Kohrs, Outreach Coordinator and moderated by Thanos Giannakopoulos, Chief Librarian. There were questions at the end of session on subjects such as what the future holds for inequality, the decline of the labour share of the income, and the potential of universal basic income.

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