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IGOs and NGOs often produce authoritative research literature in their respective areas of focus.
Follow the various links in the United Nations box at right to identify the reports, publications, and statistics produced by that organization.
Consult the UC Berkeley Library's International Government Data & Statistics Guide for an exhaustive review of data and statistical resources available online.
An intergovernmental organization (IGO) is a quasi-political assembly of sovereign nations.
e.g. United Nations, European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a cooperative of individuals or associations.
e.g. American Red Cross
IGOs and NGOs have tremendous influence on the world's political, economic, and social conditions.
Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations (UN) can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more.
The UN also provides a forum for its members to express their views in the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and other bodies and committees. By enabling dialogue between its members, and by hosting negotiations, the organization has become a mechanism for governments to find areas of agreement and solve problems together.
From the UN's Dag Hammarskjöld Library:
UN Search Utilities: