Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York

United Nations Handbook

H.E Jim McLay presenting H.E Ban Ki-moon with a copy of the United Nations Handbook

New Zealand produces an annual UN handbook at the start of each General Assembly, designed for UN delegates from all nations, media and the public.

Understanding the United Nations will always be demanding, but this Handbook makes it doable. A model of its kind, it is indispensible to practitioner and public alike.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations


What is the UN handbook?

Published annually since 1961 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand, the United Nations Handbook is a clearly ordered guide to the organisations that make up the United Nations, the basis of their structure, their aims and their membership.

Why do we publish it?

The Handbook symbolises New Zealand’s long-standing and practical commitment to the United Nations.

What information does it provide?

Up-to-date information on the structure, aims, membership and contact details of the following United Nations bodies:

  • General Assembly
  • Security Council
  • Economic and Social Council
  • Trusteeship Council
  • International Court of Justice
  • Secretariat
  • Subsidiary and associated bodies of the United Nations

Who uses it?

  • Diplomats
  • Foreign Ministry Officials
  • Non-governmental Organisations
  • Media
  • Businesses
  • Libraries
  • Academics
  • Schools
  • Interest Groups
  • Members of the Public

What does it cost?

  • Book - US $25.00

How can I order a copy?

The United Nations Handbook can be purchased from any of the following sources:

United Nations Bookshop (Bulk orders)
United Nations GA-32 New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 963-7680
Fax: (212) 963-4910
To order please fax your order to the United Nations Bookshop
(There will be a delivery charge)

New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations (Maximum two books)
600 Third Avenue, 14th floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 826 1960
Fax: (212) 758 0827
E Mail:

To order please send a cheque (US account only) or bank draft payable to ‘New Zealand Mission’ (payment in advance only) or call at the Mission any weekday between 9am and 5.30pm.

(Sorry no credit card sales)

We are committed to making the content more useable and accessible and this year the UN Handbook is also available as a mobile app.

Further information on the United Nations handbook including information on the mobile app. is on the website of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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