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UNBIS Thesaurus on
UNBIS Thesaurus on
Tuesday 17 December 2019

Topics: Resources

How do search engines retrieve results, and how can we make the UN’s published output relevant for such searchers? Linked data is structured data interlinked with other data, making it more useful (and discoverable) through semantic queries. The Dag Hammarskjöld Library is pleased to announce the launch of their new linked data services platform:

The site currently hosts the Library’s UNBIS Thesaurus and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ taxonomy of Sustainable Development Goals identifiers.

The UNBIS Thesaurus is a database of controlled vocabulary used by UN programmes, funds and regional commissions to describe the UN’s published output (parliamentary documents, publications, reports etc.). The first online version of this resource was launched in 2001, and the new platform provides a revamped interface with increased functionality in the six official UN languages.  The UNBIS Thesaurus grows and evolves as new topics are introduced to the agenda of the Organization.  Controlled vocabulary makes subject searches possible by identifying materials on the same concept consistently, despite terminology changes over time. 

DESA’s SDG Taxonomy was produced in collaboration with technical experts from across the UN system.  They developed a system of Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs) for the SDGs, the related targets and indicators, related entities linking to UNBIS Thesaurus terms,  as well as the SDG Interface Ontology, maintained by UN Environment. These common identifiers are deployed to provide a key element of infrastructure that will allow UN system organizations and relevant stakeholders to map their SDG resources to the growing pool of knowledge about the SDGs available on the semantic web.   

More linked data services and taxonomies will be hosted on as they become available.

We welcome feedback on this new service. 

United Nations Budget
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Thursday 7 November 2019

Topics: Resources

As part of the management reforms proposed by Secretary-General António Guterres, the UN is switching from a biennial to an annual budget on a trial basis, beginning with the programme budget for 2020.

Since budget documents can be hard to find, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library has put together some tips on locating documents related to the proposed programme budget for 2020. The tips are part of our popular Ask DAG service, a continuously growing collection of frequently asked questions about all things UN.

Not only has the budget cycle changed, but so has the format of the proposed programme budget. According to the report of the Secretary-General on improving and streamlining the programme planning and budgeting process, the new format “would present, for the first time in one document, the previous year’s original programme plan, the measurement of the previous year’s performance, the lessons learned and the programme plan for the proposed budget year. Performance would be measured not only in quantitative, but also in qualitative, terms. It is anticipated that information on results would be more meaningful and would more effectively communicate the added value of the Organization’s work” (A/72/492/Add.1).

For more in-depth information, check out our extensive budget research guide, which documents major changes to the budget process, explains the principal budgeting bodies and their role in the process, provides links to all the resolutions on the programme budget, and helps you find all relevant documents in the UN Digital Library. The guide also includes a special section on the financing of UN peacekeeping operations.