International Monetary Fund, IMF was established in 1944. The IMF has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The IMF is dedicated to the promotion of multilateral monetary co-operation and stability. The IMF
- oversees the global financial system
- facilitates the expansion of balanced growth of international trade
- provides technical assistance in various forms and regular consultations to its member states.
The IMF also provides funds for individual states in balance of payment difficulty. It plays an important role in member states decisions on exchange rates.
Each member state is allocated a quota in the Fund - the so called Special Drawing Rights (SDRS) - assessed according to the country's economic power. This quota determines each country's
- voting power
- contributions to the Fund
- access to the use of the Fund's resources.
The Board of Governors is the highest executive organ of the IMF. It comprises a governor and an alternative governor for each member country. It meets annually in conjunction with the World Bank Group meeting. Between these meetings, the decision-making is delegated to the Executive Board.
The Executive Board is responsible for the daily business of the Fund. It consist of the Managing Director as Chair and twenty-four Executive Directors.
More on IMF
- The IMF website provides background information, news, country information, data and statistics, project information and evaluations, glossary of financial terms and full text documents and reports.
- IMF eLibrary. More than 21,000 publications available for online reading, downloading, printing or sharing.
- Annual report of the Executive Board. The report reviews the IMF's activities and policies during the preceding financial year.
Journals and news letters
- Finance & Development. Articles on international economy. Fulltext from 1996.
- World Economic Outlook, published twice a year, presents the IMF staff's analyses of global economic development.
- The World Economic Outlook (WEO) Database provides selected series from the publication.
- IMF Economic Review, official research journal of the IMF, presents articles on high-level view of economics. Replaced IMF Staff papers 1998-2010.
- IMF Research Perspectives (previous IMF Research Bulletin) summarizes key components of research done at the IMF.
- Publications. Periodic surveys at the IMF website.
Key UN documents
UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases
- United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
- UN iLibrary UN publications online covering different topics.
- ODS full-text UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
- Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
- UNBIS Thesaurus a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
- Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
- a list of all documents
- a comprehensive subject index
- an index to speeches
- a voting chart of resolutions
- United Nations Documents Index (United Nations Digital Library) References to all documents by subject area are published. A collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.
- All UN documents from 1993-.
- All resolutions of the Principal Organs from 1946-.
- All Security Council plenary documents from 1946- in English, French and Spanish.
- All supplements to the General Assembly Official Records (GAOR) from 1946-.
- All General Assembly plenary meeting records from 1946- in English, French and Spanish.
- Older documents are being scanned: Update on UN Digitization Programme.