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Statistical Yearbook
Statistical Yearbook
Monday 13 November 2017

Topics: Digital Collections

From A as in Acid to Z as in Zinc, the complete series of historical Statistical Yearbooks has been digitized and is now freely available online. The project comprised a joint effort between the Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

To mark the launch of the Statistical Yearbook 2017, the Library’s Digitization Unit scanned 55 volumes of past issues referencing statistics of countries and regions dating back to 1948.  Currently all historical yearbooks are accessible through the website of the Statistics Division; the yearbooks will also be accessible in the UN Digital Library.

As of the beginning of October 2017, 445,000 UN documents have been digitized, which represents roughly 15% percent of the UN documents identified as in need of urgent digitization. 

Other recently digitized series include:

Other benchmark series:


Tuesday 2 May 2017

Topics: Digital Collections

In response to General Assembly resolution 52/214 of 1998, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library began its digitization programme to preserve fragile UN documents and to provide online access to people all over the world.

The programme focuses on parliamentary documents published before 1993 in all official UN languages. Security Council documents, Official Records of the General Assembly, and Official Records of the Economic and Social Council have been completely digitized and can be found in the Official Document System (ODS).

Since 2014, these efforts have been expedited by a joint digitization project between the Department of Public Information and Department for General Assembly and Conference Management. It is funded by the Government of Qatar.

As of Mar. 2017, more than 401,000 UN documents have been digitized, which represents 13.4 percent of the important UN documents identified as in need of urgent digitization.

Here are some important series digitized recently:


    Our benchmark series: