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.

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.

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


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

This handbook and its related mobile application offer a comprehensive guide to the Organization's work - and show yet again New Zealand's commitment to multilaterism. - Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General 

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.

Information about the 2018-19 United Nations handbook including information on the mobile app.