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Commission on population and development

The United Nations Commission on Population and Development was established in 1946 as a permanent subsidiary organ to the ECOSOC. The Commission assists the Council by arranging for studies and advising the ECOSOC and other UN organs on population matters.

The United Nations has always addressed the relationship between population and development in many ways. There are, in fact, a number of organs within the UN organization working with these issues. The financial support to the programmes, funds and agencies is channelled through the UN secretariat.

The Commission follows population issues and trends as well as the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International UN Conferences on Population and Development.

More on the Commission on population and development

The individual documents from the Commission on Population and Development carry the following symbols:

E/ Economic and Social Council

-/CN.9 Commission no. 9 = Commission on Population and Development


-/sequential number

Ex. E/CN.9/2003/8 Economic and Social Council, Commission on Population and Developmen, år 2003, document no. 8

  • Commission on population and development, information about the structure and work of the Commission and full text documents and reports.
  • The Commission submits an annual report to the ECOSOC in the documentary series Supplements to the Official Records of the Economic and Social Council with the symbol pattern: E/CN.9/YEAR/No.
  • Supplements are posted as Reports at the ECOSOC website.

UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library. UN official documents and open access publications, UN maps, UN voting data and speeches.
  • UN iLibrary. UN publications online covering different topics.
  • ODS. UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
  • Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
  • UNBIS Thesaurus is a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
  • Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
    • a list of all documents
    • a comprehensive subject index
    • an index to speeches
    • a voting chart of resolutions


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