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The United Nations & the Question of Palestine


This guide serves as a basic research tool for web resources on the United Nations and the Question of Palestine. Includes descriptions of article databases that index the literature on the Palestinian Question, as well as a listing of UN Agencies working on the issue. The UC Berkeley libraries also obtain books and other publications on the issue which can be located by searching in the Pathfinder or Melvyl catalogs.


Article Databases

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). (UCB Access Only). Indexes journals, books, policy briefs, working papers, and conference proceedings related to international affairs.

JSTOR. (UCB Access Only). Nearly 600 scholarly journals, including more than 70,000 issues, on a wide range of subjects, including political science, international affairs and Middle East Studies.

PAIS International and PAIS Archive. (UCB Access Only). Indexes books, journals, government documents, research reports, conference reports, and web sources related to public policy, politics, economics, and social issues worldwide.

PolicyFile. (UCB Access Only). Index to public policy in the areas of economics, and politics, taken from thinks tanks, Non-governmental organizations, international governmental organizations, and other institutions.

UNBISnet: UN Bibliographic Information System. Database of UN documents indexed by the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library in New York and the UN Library in Geneva. Database is full-text from 1993, and bibliographic from 1979. Full-text of all resolutions from 1946

United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine. Includes searchable database of the most important U.N. documents on the Question of Palestine and the Middle East peace efforts.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. (UCB Access Only). Indexes books, journals, and dissertations in political science, international relations, law and politics, political economy, public administration, and public policy.


United Nations Agencies

Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. UN General Assembly Committee established by GA Resolution 3376.

Division for Palestinian Rights. Division of the UN Secretariat on the Palestinian Question providing support for the UN General Assembly Committee (see above).

Forum for Rehabilitation and Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Forum organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, the League of Arab States, and the Palestinian Authority.

General Assembly and the Question of Palestine. History of the GA role with the Palestinian question as well as key documents and resolutions.

Office of the Special Coordinator of the Middle East Peace Process. Established in 1994 following the signing of the Oslo Accord.

The Question of Palestine and the United Nations. Booklet from the UN Department of Public Information.

Security Council Resolutions on the Question of Palestine.

Secretary General and the Question of Palestine.

Special Rapporteur on the Situation on Human Rights on Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967. From the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

United Nations Department of Peace-Keeping Operations.

UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). UN Regional Commission for the Middle East. Includes the Statistical Abstract for the ESCWA Region and a searchable database of ESCWA documents.

United Nations Human Rights Council. Includes documents from the special session on Israeli military incursions in Occupied Palestinian Territory.

United Nations News Centre. Includes excellent "in focus" sections on the situation in the Middle East and Iraq.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (ReliefWeb). Section on the Occupied Palestinian Territory. See also the OCHA Office in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East. UN agency carrying out relief work programmes for Palestine refugees.

UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. From the United Nations Development Programme.