International Government Information and Non-Governmental Organizations

Whether you need an overview of international agencies or a special report, you can click below to find helpful resources right on this page:

International Agencies and Organizations

European Union, gateway to the European Union, including what the EU does by subject, its institutions, documents, and services.

The International Labour Organization is the global body responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. Working with its Member States, the ILO seeks to ensure that labour standards are respected in practice as well as principle.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), established in 1951, is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an alliance of 26 countries from North America and Europe committed to fulfilling the goals of the North Atlantic Treaty by safeguarding security of its member countries by political and military means.

The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) helps governments tackle the economic, social and governance challenges of a globalised economy. The Organisation provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice and coordinate domestic and international policies.

Organization of American States promotes social and economic development in the Western hemisphere.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) coordinates the petroleum policies of Member Countries. Additionally, its mission is to ensure the stabilization of oil markets.

Understanding Children's Work (UCW) is an inter-agency research cooperation project on child labour. The International Labour Organisation (ILO), UNICEF and the World Bank initiated UCW in December 2000.

United Nations, promoting international cooperation, respect for human rights, protection of the environment, improved healthcare, and poverty reduction.

World Bank, two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries-the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), committed to global poverty reduction and the improvement of living standards.

World Health Organization (WHO), the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.

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International Governments

Government of Canada, the official home page of the Canadian government.

Direct.Gov, the official Internet gateway to government information of the United Kingdom.

Member States of the European Union, includes quick facts and maps.

GOV.UK provides information about who runs the British government, how it is run, as well as history about the government.

Constitution Finder, the University of Richmond's database of constitutions, charters and amendments searchable by country.

Country Studies, Library of Congress, a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

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International Documents Libraries

Northwestern University's International Documents Library The collection contains the publications of approximately 25 intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), a few non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and supporting materials from private publishers. The collection spans the WWI era to the present.  The Library has been a depository library of the United Nations since 1946, the European Union since 1970, and became a depository library of the World Tourism Organization in 2002.

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Special Reports

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