Explore new Trusteeship Council & Decolonization Research Guides

Tuesday, 09 January 2018

New York | Dag Hammarskjöld Library

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library at UN Headquarters has published two new research guides on the documentation of the Organization:

A principal organ of the United Nations, the Trusteeship Council was active from 1947- 1994. It was instrumental in the decolonization and subsequent independence of territories in Africa and the Pacific. Because the organ no longer meets regularly, current staff and researchers are often unfamiliar with the working methods of the Council and the pattern of documentation.

The guide aims to help people research this fascinating chapter of the UN’s history by identifying important documents and providing guidance on the types of documents produced during the course of its work.

In addition to an overview of the work of the Trusteeship Council, the guide has a page dedicated to each of the 11 trust territories.

With the publication of this guide, the Library now has a guide for each of the principal organs.

The Decolonization guide complements the Trusteeship guide and provides an overview of the documentation patterns of some of the parliamentary bodies related to this topic, including the Fourth Committee and the Special Committee on Decolonization. The Special Committee considers matters related to all non-self-governing territories except the trust territories. The pattern of documentation is similar to that of the Trusteeship Council.

The Decolonization guide lists key General Assembly resolutions on the topic and links to some of the recurrent reports of the Secretary-General. The guide is offered as a starting point for researchers and focuses on UN documentation.

For additional resources or for more in-depth assistance, please contact the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.