United Nations Handbook 2019-20: An annual guide for those working with and within the United Nations – World

New Zealand produces the United Nations Handbook – a valuable and comprehensive reference guide that helps countries and organizations navigate the complex United Nations system.

The United Nations Handbook is a valuable reference guide that helps anyone working with or within the United Nations navigate the United Nations system effectively.

The UN Handbook application makes the content directly usable and accessible. An updated version of the app is now available.

New Zealand has demonstrated its long-standing commitment and practical support to the United Nations by producing the United Nations Manual since 1961.

Mobile application available for download

The United Nations Handbook was made available as a mobile app in 2013 to make the content more usable and accessible. An updated version of the app is now available.

Features of the updated United Nations Handbook application

  • New content 2019-20
  • Update for the latest versions of iOS and Android
  • Improved loading speeds
  • Text displayed in the app can be copied
  • The app can display as multiple windows on Android devices
  • Search the UN Handbook and view results sorted by relevance
  • Quickly access acronyms and abbreviations lists
  • Mark information read regularly
  • Access information in offline mode


United Nations Manual 2019-20 [PDF, 4.7 MB]

Print copy

To order a printed copy:

In New Zealand

To request a paper version of the manual, contact:

Communication Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Private Bag 18-901
Wellington, New Zealand

Rest of the world

The UN Handbook is available at selected bookstores, including:

United Nations Bookstore 42nd Street & 1st Avenue Location: L1B-105 New York, NY 10017 USA


When using the UN Handbook app, some data about your usage will be recorded in the server logs. We use this information to produce application statistics to help us improve the content and navigation of the application.

The information collected is:

  • date and time of access
  • pages viewed and documents downloaded

We do not use this information to identify the personal details of users of our applications.

The app reads the contents of your SD card so that you can save the contents of the app to your device for faster access and make calls if you select a phone number in the app. It also requests location data for map services and uses your device ID to send notifications.