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Email Updates and Electronic Newsletters by United Nations Programs and Initiatives [Knowledge Base Index]

Various departments and initiatives of the United Nations (U.N.) produce free email newsletters. These newsletters, collectively, cover a range of topics: educational resources for young students, world heritage sites, environmental policy, health, gender issues, and, ofcourse, ICT for development, to name but a few.

When taking on an online volunteering assignment with an organization in a developing country, read through this list and see if there are newsletters that might help you in your tasks.

To add a United Nations email publication to this list, email UNITeS.  

    Cyberschoolbus Newsmail
    Announcements of new resources and upcoming events from the United Nations Cyberschoolbus. This initiative is the online education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project, whose mission is to promote education about international issues and the U.N.. The Project produces high quality teaching materials and activities designed for educational use (at primary, intermediate and secondary school levels) and for training teachers. The vision of this Project is to provide exceptional educational resources (both online and in print) to students growing up in a world undergoing increased globalization.

    Gender Beat is a periodic email bulletin about the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN-system gender-related programs, activities, people, events, and resources. It provides news about UNDP's work for Gender Equality: programmes, projects, workshops, meetings at country, regional and global levels; other events with implications for gender; and information about gender activities, organisations and partnerships from outside the UN-system. It also includes a section on gender resources: new publications; training courses; organisations; electronic discussion lists and web-sites.

    Global Volunteer Update
    A free monthly e-newsletter (in English, French & Spanish) from World Volunteer Web, the Global Volunteer Update paints a snapshot of volunteer initiatives happening around the world. Available in both text and HTML versions, the newsletter provides summaries of recent news, events, articles and documents.

    MOST Email Update
    The Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is a research programme to promote international comparative social science research. Its primary emphasis is to support large-scale, long-term autonomous research and to transfer the relevant findings and data to decision-makers. The overall long-term objective of MOST is to establish sustainable links between the scientific and policy communities and to emphasize the relevance of social science research for policy-formulation.

    UNESCO Libraries Portal Updates
    Provides information about additions to UNESCO Libraries Portal, an online resource designed to enhance access to information related to library resources available on the Web as well as to issues affecting librarianship. The site provides links to websites of libraries and information centres around the world and serves as a portal for browsing and searching a range of categories including websites of national libraries, government information services, library associations and on-line resources. It also provides news about conferences and training opportunities. Special sections feature news and articles of interest to librarians.

    'Observatory Updates' via email provide notices on a weekly basis of the new documents, websites and conferences included in UNESCO's Observatory on the Information Society.

    The monthly information magazine of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is published in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese. The web site provides a search tool for past issues.

    UNFCC Links to Newsletters
    United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) offers a list of links to online newsletters relating to environmental and climate change subjects. However, note that NONE of these newsletters are produced by UNFCCC.

    UNIDO Email Updates
    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) works to improve the living conditions of people and promote global prosperity through offering tailor-made solutions for the sustainable industrial development of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Areas of focus include metrology, standarization, certification & accreditation; industrial policy formulation and implementation; investment and technology promotion; statistics and information networks; improvement & quality management; upgrading agro-industries, entrepreneurship development; SME policy framework; women entrepreneurship development; cleaner production; energy efficiency; pollution control & waste management; and rural energy.

    UNIFEM CURRENTS Newsletter
    The bimonthly electronic news bulletin of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) which provides up-to-date information briefs on UNIFEM initiatives, successes, events, projects and activities worldwide.

    A free online service sponsored by the United Nations Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Fund, which are dedicated to supporting United Nations efforts on behalf of the environment, population stabilization and children's health. UN Wire is produced independently by National Journal Group. UN Wire provides a concise daily email summarizing its latest news items, all available at http://www.unfoundation.org

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) provides WebWorld as an international gateway regarding Communication and Information in the Knowledge Society.

    World Bank Email Newsletters
    The World Bank group sponsors several email newsletters, including an overall weekly update and specialized e-publications, such as: Access: e-Newsletter of the Water and Sanitation Program, Adapting to Change Newsletter, Research Conflict Newsletter, East Asia Social Policy Update, Economic Policy and Prospects Newsletter, HNP Flash (Health, Nutrition, and Population), Land Policy Network Newsletter, Latin America and the Caribbean Human Development Notes, NIPR Newsletter (New Ideas in Pollution Regulation), Participation in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, PovertyNet Newsletter, WorLD Newsletter (World Links for Development) and AIDS Economics Newsletter.

    World Health Organization Newsletters
    WHO headquarters and regional offices produce more than 40 email newsletters on specific subjects, from ACTION AGAINST INFECTION to WHO NEWSLETTER : ZAMBIA.

    World Heritage Newsletter
    UNESCO pays particular attention to the protection of world heritage sites and monuments from new global threats that may affect the natural and cultural heritage. The conservation of sites and monuments helps social cohesion..



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