I have a thing for government documents. “GovDocs” was my best class in library school.
I have a particular thing for UN documents because the UN deals with just about anything and everything.
Here are a few recent ones:
- Our World 2.0: the United Nations University (yes, they have their own university) launched a webzine this past summer about solutions for the planet’s climate, oil and food security messes
- Toolkit to Combat Human Trafficking: the UN Office on Drugs and Crime has developed a “toolkit” that provides guidance to policymakers, law enforcers, judges, prosecutors, and victim service providers who are working to prevent human trafficking, and assist victims
- Good practices in legislation on violence against women: the UN Division for the Advancement of Women and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime have come up with a model framework for legislation on violence against women
- Capacity Survey: Regional and Other Intergovernmental Organizations in the Maintenance of Peace and Security: another United Nations University publication, this one surveys the conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, enforcement, and peace-building capacities of 21 regional organizations such as the African Union, the European Union, the League of Arab States, the Organization of American States
- Montreux Document: the document is a joint initiative of Switzerland & the Red Cross and proposes legal rules and good practices relating to private military and security companies operating in armed conflict zones