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United Nations Research Guide

This guide will suggest background resources and tips on navigating United Nations documents.

Resolutions

Resolutions of the major organs of the United Nations are printed in various sources. In official sources, they first appear as mimeographed documents (with "RES" as part of the document symbol; for example, A/RES/48/100 or S/RES/967) (mimeographed documents are available in the International Reference Office or in the microfiche collection in International Media). These mimeographed documents are then republished in the Official Records of each organ.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

General Assembly resolutions are compiled in the last supplement of its official records. These materials are complete in the microfiche set as well. Resolutions can be located in the following places.

SECURITY COUNCIL

The resolutions of the Security Council appear in an unnumbered supplement to its official records. It contains a list of resolutions and decisions by number and the page where the full text will be found. Unlike GA resolutions, SC resolutions are numbered in one continuous sequence since 1946. Resolutions can be located in the following places.

CUMULATIVE INDEXES TO EARLY UN RESOLUTIONS

For resolutions from about 1971 to the present, use the indexes mentioned above.