How to cite a UN report in Harvard

Harvard UN report citation

To cite a UN report in a reference entry in Harvard style include the following elements:

  1. Author or organization: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J.) of up to three authors with the last name preceded by 'and'. For four authors or more include the first name followed by et al., unless your institution requires referencing of all named authors.
  2. Year of publication: Give the year in round brackets.
  3. Title of the UN report: Give the title as presented in the source. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Place of publication: List the city and the US state using the two-letter abbreviation. Spell out country names if outside of the UK or the USA.
  5. Publisher: Give the name of the publisher.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a UN report in Harvard style:

Author or organization. (Year of publication) Title of the UN report. Place of publication: Publisher.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the Harvard style guidelines in action:


A UN report with one author

Tauli-Corpuz, V. (2016) Report of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the rights of indigenous peoples. New York, NY: United Nations.

A UNDP report

United Nations Development Programme. (2019) Bhutan National Human Development Report: Ten Years of Democracy in Bhutan. Thimphu, BT: UNDP.

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