IAS 150: New Approaches to Crises and Political Transition in the Middle East and Africa: Local, Regional and International Responses

International Government

To get started finding International Governmental Organization (IGO) Information you may wish to try the following IGO Custom Search Engine, which was initiated by David Oldenkamp, International Documents Librarian at Indiana University, and searches 392 urls of International Governmental Organizations (IGOs).

Global Issues on the UN AgendaExcellent UN Ready Reference tool for links to online documents, agencies, and other resources on a wide range of important topics on the UN Agenda.

Relief Web. Web portal from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Hails itself as "the world's leading gateway to information on humanitarian emergencies and disasters.

United Nations Internet Resources. UC Berkeley library research guide for the United Nations by subject and organizational structure.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The United Nations Refugee Agency. Includes many online books, papers and statistics.

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. UN Human rights portal.  To search for human rights documents go to the country section at the top and pull down "human rights in the world".

United Nations Yearbook.  Searchabler online compilation of the primary UN reference volume, with the full text of the entire series from 1946. The current year is excluded but is available in print in the Doe Reference Collection. Each yearbook contains summaries with supporting citations of key UN activities, including several hundred pages on human rights.   

UNBISnet. Most comprehensive database for UN documents & publications, from the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library. Includes speeches, voting records, and resolutions. Full text from 1993, bibliographic records from 1979.

World Food Programme (WFP). The United Nations Food Agency. The WFP is the world's largest international food aid organization, dedicated to combating hunger in nations with severe food shortages.

United Nations

The following selected United Nations agencies, departments, funds, commissions, and information systems deal with political and economic affairs relating to the Middle East and Africa.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). UN Regional Commission for the Middle East.  Mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member states, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.  UN Regional Commission for Africa. Mandated to promote the economic and social development of member states, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation. 

United Nations News Centre.  Includes a section devoted specifically to the Middle Eastas well as country specific sections on Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Sudan & South Sudan, and the Horn of Africa.

United Nations and the Question of Palestine. UCB Library research guide on the Palestinian Question and the various United Nations agencies addressing it.

United Nations Democracy Fund.  United Nations General Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in the democratic process. See especially the sections on the Arab States and Africa

United Nations Global Issues: Africa. Gateway site to United Nations resources and documents on Africa.

United Nations Peacebuilding Commission. UN commision mandated to "bring together all relevant actors to marshal resources and to advise on and propose integrated strategies for post-conflict peacebuilding and recovery and to focus attention on the reconstruction and institution-building efforts necessary for recovery from conflict."

The United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPA). Established and developed by the Division for Palestinian Rights containing the texts of current and historical United Nations material about the question of Palestine and other issues related to the Middle East situation and the search for peace. 

United Nations Department of Political Affairs.  UN agency set up to monitor and assesses global political developments with an eye to detecting potential crises before they escalate, and devising effective responses. See especially the sections for the Middle East and Africa.

United Nations Support Mission to Libya.  Mandated to manage the process of democratic transition, including through technical advice and assistance to the Libyan electoral process and the process of preparing and establishing a new Libyan constitution.

United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa. UN agency to enhance international support for Africa's development and security through its advocacy and analytical work, and to assist the Secretary General in improving coherence and coordination of the UN system support to Africa.

United Nations Peacekeeping.  See below for current operations in the Middle East and Africa. For historical missions see the section of the site devoted to past operations.

United Nations Peacemaker.  Online mediation support tool developed by the UN Department of Political Affairs. Intended for peacemaking professionals, it includes an extensive database of peace agreements and guidance material and information on the UN’s mediation support services. 

United Nations: Sport for Development and Peace. UN agency devoted to sport as a tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding by bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions. 

University for Peace. Education programmes, training and research for peace, including conflict-prevention, human security, human rights, environmental security and post-conflict rehabilitation. 

Regional Organizations

African Union. Mission is ot rid  the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to  promote unity and solidarity among African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial  integrity of Member States.

Economic Community of West African States. Regional group of west African countries to promote economic integration in "all fields of economic activity.

Gulf Cooperation Council. Political and economic union of the Arab states bordering the Persian Gulf and located on or near the Arabian Peninsula.

League of Arab States (Arab League). Organization to facilitate the political, economic, cultural, scientific and social programs to promote the interests of the Arab world.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation.  Organizaiton representing the collective voice of the Muslim world and safeguarding the interests and well-being of its member countries in an atmosphere of international peace.

Southern African Development Community (SADC). Regional organization mandated to further socio-economic cooperation and integration as well as political and security cooperation among 15 southern African states. 

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