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International copyright laws apply to United Nations Publications.

UN documents fall under the category of proprietary intellectual property in the sense that the UN emblem or the corporate name appearing on their mastheads designate their origin in terms of recent authorship. The fact that some publications and most documents are available at no charge does not mean that they are in the public domain.

By way of consequence, the use of texts and images retrieved from UN documents should at all times be the object of careful treatment. The source should be quoted in full. Users should ascertain that they are not using old, superseded data. When in doubt, a request should be placed. Permission to use should be requested under all circumstances when the material is reproduced with a commercial aim. It is not required in cases of ‘fair-use’ environments, like class-room situations, academic research, private use, and generally for copies created within administrations, educational institutions and governmental offices for convenience or personal reference and study.

Permissions and translations

The United Nations welcomes requests for permissions to excerpt, photocopy, and reprint as well as proposals for translations of its publications in foreign languages. As the United Nations publishes several series and/or titles in other languages, we encourage you to check the online issue of the Publications catalogue prior to submitting your request.

Please send queries and requests to:

    UN Sales & Marketing Section
    300 E 42nd Street, 9th Floor, IN-919J
    USA - New York, New York 10017
    permissions@un.org

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Requests should include:
  • Professor/instructor name
  • Institution
  • Department
  • Course name and number
  • Semester
  • Expected enrollment

Material requested:
  • Books:
author, full title, page numbers, ISBN
  • Journals:
journal, volume number, issue number, year, author, article full title, page numbers



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If you are interested in translating, publishing and distributing a United Nations title, please contact us to determine whether the rights are available. However, prior to submitting your request, please check the online version of the catalogue. The United Nations translates some of its publications in other languages and the title you are interested in might be one of them.

To view a model contract, please view our website entry under Licensing.

When requesting translation rights, please provide the following information:
  • Full title, author(s)/Department, © year
  • Your complete details (company name, contact name, e-mail, phone, fax, address)
  • Details to be indicated on the agreement (company's name and address, if different, signatory's name and title)
  • Print run
  • Sale price in US$, if any
  • Expected publication date
  • Language
  • Territory (world, a specific country)

Please state whether the translation is undertaken for commercial or non commercial purposes. In the latter case, please provide a brief description of your project and indicate which audience you wish to reach.

Please send queries and requests to:
    UN Sales & Marketing Section
    300 E 42nd Street, 9th Floor, IN-919J
    USA - New York, New York 10017
    permissions@un.org