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Section 1: HOW TO FIND SPEECHES

A. The General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Security Council and the Trusteeship Council each produce an Index to Proceedings, available in Index Table A of the Business and Documents Reference Center (Ref6).

B. Use this publication to look up the “Index to Speeches” section, arranged by corporate name/country, speaker or subject. Use the document symbol to locate the item in our Collection. You may also use the online “Index to Speeches” (1983-) on UNBISnet, the online United Nations Library catalog, at http://unbisnet.un.org/

C. You may not be able to locate speeches by country representatives because:

  • There are no speeches by that particular representative on a specific topic in any of the indexes.
  • There has been a recent change in a country’s government due to an election, military takeover, etc.
  • Country may not be a member of a particular U.N. main body. The General Assembly is the only U.N. main body that includes all U.N. member countries; other organs rotate membership.

You have the following options (one or more may apply):

  • If you are unable to find a specific subject listed within the Index to Speeches by Country section for the most current year available, check previous years to see if there is a speech on your specific subject.
  • If you are still unsuccessful, substitute a related subject or country that has a regional and/or political alliance with your country. Speak to your advisor about this approach.
  • Contact the permanent missions for your country. Use Permanent Missions to the United Nations for addresses and phone numbers. The latest issue is kept behind the Reference Desk at the Business and Documents Reference Center (Ref6); previous issues maintained at call number BR6ID JX1977.A2 in the International Documents Center.

Section 2: HOW TO FIND RESOLUTIONS

A. Using the Index to Proceedings... for the main organ you are working with (General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Security Council or Trusteeship Council) found in Index Table A of the Business and Documents Reference Center (Ref6), locate the Agenda in the Subject Index. The agenda will give a list of topics discussed in the General Assembly or Security Council and will indicate the subject heading that is used in the Index.

B. Look up the subject heading in the Subject Index.

C. Write down the resolution number, if any.

D. Refer to the following publications, located in Ref6 Index Table A of the Business and Documents Reference Center (Ref6), to find the text of resolutions:

  • General Assembly

    See Resolutions and Decisions Adopted by the General Assembly. Beginning with the 54th session, the text of each respective resolution is preceded by its voting record in Index Table A of the Business and Documents Reference Center (Ref6). For the text of older (pre 52nd session) General Assembly resolutions and voting records, use the United Nations press release entitled Press Release G.A. Resolutions/Voting Record.

  • Security Council

    See Resolutions and Decisions of the Security Council.

  • Economic and Social Council

    See Resolutions and Decisions of the Economic and Social Council.

  • Trusteeship Council

    See Trusteeship Council Official Records Resolutions and Decisions.

For online access to resolutions for the General Assembly (1977), Economic and Social Council (1963-) and Security Council (1946-), visit: http://www.un.org/documents/ (Note that the date of adoption for each resolution is not necessarily the same as the date listed underneath the document symbol. Read document for adoption date.)

E. Not every topic will have a resolution. If you are unable to find a resolution for your topic, refer to the Index to Proceedings... for previous years.

Section 3: HOW TO FIND VOTING RECORDS

Note: There is no source that provides the voting record by country for resolutions of the Economic and Social Council or Trusteeship Council. Speak to your advisor about substituting General Assembly or Security Council resolutions on similar or related topics.

A. Obtain a resolution number by following steps A through C in How to Find Resolutions above.

B. Find “List of Resolutions” in Part I of the Index to Proceedings for the General Assembly or “Resolutions adopted by the Security Council” in the Index to Proceedings for the Security Council. Locate resolution number. The right column indicates whether a vote was taken.

C. Locate the “Voting Chart of Resolutions Adopted by Roll-Call Vote” in Part I of the Index to Proceedings for the General Assembly or Security Council. The chart lists how countries voted on resolutions.

D. The text of each respective resolution in the Resolutions and Decisions Adopted by the General Assembly is preceded by its voting record after the 52nd session. (For pre 52nd session General Assembly voting records, use the United Nations press release entitled Press Release G.A. Resolutions/Voting Record.) Security Council voting records are provided after the text of resolutions in Resolutions and Decisions of the Security Council. Both publications are located in Index Table A of the Business and Dcouments Reference Center (Ref6).

E. Not every resolution will have a recorded or roll-call vote. If you are unable to find a vote for your resolution, refer to the Index to Proceedings for previous years.

You may also access the online “Voting Records” for the General Assembly (1983-) and the Security Council (1946-) on UNBISnet at http://unbisnet.un.org/ - the online United Nations Library catalog.

Section 4: LOCATING DOCUMENTS

If you do not find your document on the shelf, please use corresponding microprint or microfiche (1948-1993). If the document was published after 1993, you have two options:

  • Recently received unbound documents are in locked file cabinets in the center aisle of the U.N. Collection. Please ask UN Collection staff for assistance in obtaining these documents (mastheads).
  • The Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS) provides full text documents online from 1992-. Documents are available as PDF and Word files. Password required; see reference staff for assistance in logging on.

Librarian for UN Documents

Gretchen Gano
Librarian for UN Documents
New York University Bobst Library
Business and Documents Center, 6th floor
70 Washington Square So.
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-2662
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