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UN Official Documents and Publications

Selection of UN documents and publicationsA number of online resources are available to access UN official documents that are considered during meetings of the main bodies, General Assembly, Security Council, or Economic and Social Council. 

Training programmes are also available for delegates. Both UNITAR and the Dag Hammarskjöld Library propose training courses on a regular basis, during which delegates can learn about the organization of UN documents, and how to search the online resources. See under Training for more information.

UN Member States: On the Record:  Information available for each Member State includes: the key documents related to its membership in the UN, statements made before the principal organs, draft resolutions sponsored, periodic reports submitted on Human Rights conventions, and more.

Official Documents System (ODS):  an online repository of UN official documents published since 1993, in all official languages. An effort is underway to digitize UN Official documents published before 1993, and digitized versions of older documents are added daily to the ODS.

UN Documentation Research Guide:  Explains the basics of UN documentation, and how to search for specific documents or topics.

UN Documentation Centre:  Provides access to documents by session or year, including lists or resolutions and decisions.

UN-Pulse:  A blog updating readers and RSS subscribers to the latest online information and principal reports. 

Treaty Collection:  Databases providing access to the latest information on the status of over 500 major multilateral instruments deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations (including the texts of reservations, declarations and objections).

Yearbook of the United Nations:  Each Yearbook volume provides analysis, is fully indexed, and includes the texts of, and votes on, all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions.  Yearbook chapters are currently divided into five parts covering political and security questions; human rights; economic and social questions; legal questions; and institutional, administrative and budgetary questions

UN Publications:  An online source for over 5,300 titles produced by the Organization and its key agencies. This web site offers on-line access to the complete catalogue of print, electronic and multimedia resources.

UNBISnet : The UN Library in New York’s catalogue, facilitates searching of UN documents since 1979, speech citations since 1983, and voting records for the Security Council and General Assembly.