Researching the Security Council in 2018

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Worldwide | Dag Hammarskjöld Library 

2018 has been a big year for the Security Council. Are you all caught up?

What topics were considered by the Security Council in 2018?  Where can you find voting information for a resolution, and how many resolutions have been vetoed? How are the non-permanent members of the Security Council selected? How is the agenda of the Security Council decided? 

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library provides the answers you seek with a variety of multilingual resources.

Research Tools

  • Ask DAG: Browse 700 frequently asked questions and find answers about all things UN, including over 50 FAQs related to the work of the Security Council in English, French and Spanish.
  • Research Guides: Your first stop when looking for Security Council documentation should be our research guide, available in all six official languages.  You may also find our guides on International Law and Peacekeeping useful for further information on how the Security Council tackles these complex subjects.
  • Index to Proceedings: Conducting more advanced research? Consult our Indexes to explore what has happened in the Security Council over the years.
  • Additional resources: The Library has a comprehensive collection of books and e-books available from Dag Discovery.

Meetings, Outcomes and Vetoes

Save time and use the Library’s Meetings & Outcomes table, dating back to 1994. The tables, organized by session, provide useful information related to every meeting including voting data, meeting records, resolutions adopted and not adopted, and press releases. 

Where can I find a list of Security Council vetoes?  Check out our complete veto list, dating back to 1946.


The Library offers specialized training courses on the documents of the Security Council to help New York-based staff and delegates navigate the intricacies and find they are looking for.  Register here.

Located in another duty station? Consult Ask DAG and the Research Guides to find out more about the Security Council. 

Still can’t find what you are looking for?  Our experienced research librarians at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York are available for all your UN-related research questions.

Email us at, call +1-212-963-3000, or find a library at your duty station.