New Zealand produces the UN Handbook - a valuable and comprehensive reference guide that helps countries and organisations navigate the complex UN system.
United Nations Handbook 2015 -16
The United Nations Handbook, along with its mobile app, is designed to be an accessible guide to the complex UN system for those working with or within the UN.
The handbook summarises all UN organisations and provides essential information about their aims, structures, and membership.
New Zealand has demonstrated its long-standing commitment and practical support for the United Nations by producing the UN Handbook since 1961.
Mobile app available to download
The UN Handbook was made available as a mobile app in 2013 to make the content more useable and accessible. An updated version of the app is now available.
- Download the UN Handbook app from the App Store (external link)
- Download the UN Handbook app from Google Play (external link)
Features of the updated UN Handbook app
- New 2015-16 content
- Inline linking for footnotes making it easier to view additional information
- Links in text allow the user to view other sections in the Handbook without losing current page
- Updated for the latest versions of iOS and Android
- Improved loading speeds
- Search the UN Handbook and see results listed by relevancy
- Quickly access lists of acronyms and abbreviations
- Bookmark regularly read information
- Go to websites, phone a UN office or email a UN contact – the app is integrated with your smartphone or tablet
- Browse all content with the easy-to-use navigation
- Maps of UN buildings around the world can link to your favourite maps app for directions.
- Access information in offline mode
Download the PDF version [PDF, 3.6 MB]
To order a print copy:
Within New Zealand
NZ$30.00 (including New Zealand postage)
Provide a cheque, a note saying how many copies you need and a New Zealand delivery address. Send to:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Private Bag 18-901
Wellington, New Zealand
If you can't pay by cheque and need other payment options, email us at:
Rest of the world
The UN Handbook is available from selected bookstores, including:
United Nations Bookshop
42nd Street & 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10017
You can also contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission. They'll let you know how to pay.