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About the Library Collection

About the Library Collection

UNCCD Library Collections

Monographs and serials collection – The library holds collection of monographs and series that support the Organization's research and daily work in the fields of development, economics, environment, land, soils, agriculture, energy, water, climate change, biodiversity, science and technology. The collection includes reports, grey literature and country and regional case studies published by both UN and non-UN organizations, as well as regional commissions.

Periodicals collection includes journals, reviews, bulletins and newsletters published by institutions and organizations from various regions in the world. In addition to the hard copies, which can be consulted at the library reading area, the majority are freely available online through the UNCCD Library catalogue.

Country parties collection includes not only countries' national action plans and national reports available through the UNCCD website.

UNCCD collection - the Library maintains a collection of UNCCD documents and publications in print and electronic format as well as a historical collection of UNCCD documents available only in hard copy.

The audio-video collection contains sound recordings of official sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP), Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG), Committee on Science and Technology (CST), Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Desertification (INCD) and regional meetings.

Proverbs on land and soil from wise men and women from around the globe offer wisdom on how precious land and soil are to our fundamental being.  A sample of such proverbs on land and soil provided by staff at the UNCCD secretariat show how deeply land is rooted in our well-being.

Materials are available for consultation on the premises to visitors of the UNCCD Library in Bonn. Loaning privileges are limited to UN staff based in Bonn. The UNCCD librarian is available to assist users in person, by telephone or e-mail. The library collection map is available here.

For further information and to request a visit, send a mail to library [at]  

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