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Government Documents and Information: United Nations: Specialized Agencies

What are the UN specialized agencies?

The United Nations' specialized agencies are part of a decentralized system of intergovernmental agencies. (Here's the UN's organizational chart.) Each agency is autonomous and has its own constitution and its own specific organizational structure, budget and documentation. Some agencies operate a depository system for their documentation; most of them publish and/or sell their documentation through commercial vendors or operate their own sales systems.

Finding information from the UN specialized agencies

Yale library is a depository for one of the specialized agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization. For more information about Yale's FAO collection, see the FAO research guide.

To find other documents at Yale from UN specialized agencies, search Orbis with the name of the agency as either the author or as a keyword phrase in quotation marks. For recent publications, data, and statistics, the agency's website is a good place to start.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

World Bank Group