Statements made during UN meetings may be issued as documents called meeting records. There are two types of meeting records:
Verbatim Record (S/PV.6826, 30 August 2012)
Summary Record (A/C.4/66/SR.10, 8 Feb. 2012)
Meeting records are not issued for all UN meetings. Principal organs and selected subsidiaries may have either verbatim or summary records, but not both.
If a body is not entitled to meeting record coverage, information about the meetings may be found in:
Press releases are available online from October 1995 onwards.
The Index to Speeches, both online and in print, provides citation to speeches and full text links when available, for:
Plenary meetings of the Economic and Social Council are entitled to summary record coverage:
From 1946-1977, the first 2,090 plenary meetings were consecutively numbered:
Until 1981, summary records were issued for meetings of sessional committees of the ECOSOC.
Press releases for Council meetings are issued under the series symbol ECOSOC/-.
Most ECOSOC subsidiary bodies do not have official meeting records. During the course of their sessions, however, there are often detailed press releases issued for each meeting held. While unofficial in nature, these can offer insight into the meetings.
In addition, prior to a session, a Background Press Release may be issued.
At the end of a session, a Round-up or Summary may be issued.