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 2016-17

United Nations Handbook 2016 -17 cover image

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

The UN Handbook app makes the content more useable and accessible. An updated version of the app has now been released.

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.

Features of the updated UN Handbook app

  • New 2016-17 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
  • Add to calendar functions for meetings
  • Updated for the latest versions of iOS and Android
  • Improved loading speeds

Other features

  • 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, 4.7 MB]

Print copy

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:

Communications Division
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
Location: L1B-105
New York, NY 10017

You can also contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission. They'll let you know how to pay.