OHCHR Publications

Database of UN Publications on human rights including fact sheets, reference materials, training and education materials, and policy materials. Site is in English, however the majority of publications are available for download in both English and Spanish.

UN Portal on Human Rights Based Approaches to Programming

UN Portal containing information on human rights as well as human rights mainstreaming. Contains practical resources on how to mainstream human rights in programming as well as general resources and information on human rights at the international, regional and country level, as well as by topic. Site available in multiple languages including Portuguese.

OHCHR Fact Sheets

Database of fact sheets from the UN on various human rights topics, available in English and Spanish.

Seventeen Frequently Asked Questions about United Nations Special Rapporteurs

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The International Bill of Human Rights

Human Rights Machinery

Individual Complaint Procedures under the United Nations Human Rights Treaties

Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Human Rights System

Civil and Political Rights: The Human Rights Committee

The United Nations Human Rights Treaty System

OHCHR International Human Rights Law

Brief background to the UN human rights system.

UN Women

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger in the world.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

OHCHR (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) is the principal United Nations office mandated to promote and protect human rights for all. Provides assistance to Governments such as expertise and technical trainings in the areas of administration of justice, legislative reform, and electoral process, to help implement international human rights standards on the ground. Also assists other entities with responsibility to protect human rights to fulfil their obligations and individuals to realize their rights.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication.


UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to improve the policies and services that protect all children.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP is the United Nations Development Programme. They work in around 170 countries and territories, to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. They help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.


UNHCR is the UN Refugee Agency, a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945.  It is currently made up of 193 Member States.  The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more