The Library of Parliament is a specialist library on the activities of international organisations.
The Library of Parliament international organisations collection focuses mainly on documents and publications of the UN and its specialised agencies, such as the ILO, IMF, IMO and the League of Nations. In addition, the collection includes documents and publications of the Council of Europe, OECD, WTO, OSCE, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The library receives or acquires these documents either selectively or in their entirety. The Library of Parliament houses, for example, the largest selection of materials produced by or regarding the UN.
International law publications are one focus area for the library acquisitions. The Information Service assists with finding information on the activities of organisations and with using the documentation. The Library also provides open training sessions on the information sources on international organisations.
The most significant operators in international law are states and international organisations. The information package is available on our
The United Nations is the most important intergovernmental organisation in the world. The UN information package contains information from the key sources on the UN and short introductions concerning the main UN bodies. The information package is available in
The Council of Europe information package contains information from the key sources on the Council of Europe. The information package is available in
The OECD is an international economic organisation of 36 member nations. The organisation was founded in 1961. Available in Finnish only.
The League of Nations was established between the winning nations (Allied) of the World War I. The charter was founded in the 10th of July 1920 after the Paris Peace Conference, a hundred years ago today. Available in Finnish only.
The information package describes how Finland applied for the UN membership in 1947 and how Finland became a UN member state in 1955. This information package is available in
The Nordic Countries have convened in the context of the Nordic Council since the 1950s. This information package provides an introduction to the Council and a brief description of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Available
in Finnish only.
Council of Europe
ELKI: international organizations
ELKI database: international agreements