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Your guide to UN and UN documents and reports

Reports and exchange letters

Reports and letters are means of communicaton within the UN system. These documents often provide an overview and background to an action of a certain conflict situation.

The Security Council annual report

The Security Council annual report to the General Assembly provides an overview of the organization and the activities of the Council.

The report covers all issues considered by the Security Council and its subsidiary organs during the reporting period. It also contains

  • matters not dealt with in the official meetings
  • lists of documents issued by the Council.

The Security Council annual report (supplement) to the General Assembly have the following documentary symbol:

A/ General Assembly

-/session number

2/current number

Ex. A/68/2 General Assembly, 68th session, no 2 = Report of the Security Council (for the year 2012-2013)

The Secretary-General reports to the Security Council

The Secretary-General and his staff of experts submit reports to the Security Council on issues called for by resolutions. Through these reports the Security Council obtains background information, analysis and recommendations for further action.

Exchange letters of the President of the Security Council

In the exchange of letters between the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council you can find the background information on issues brought before the Security Council. Here the Secretary-General may notify the Security Council on a certain conflict situation and in his answer, the President of the Security Council gives a short summary of the actions by the Council. Relevant reports and studies are often included as attachments.

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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