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UN Documentation: How to Find UN Documents

Reports and Studies

Reports are among the most common UN documents.  There are many types of reports on a wide variety of topics. 

The main types of reports are

  • Reports of Principal Organs to the General Assembly
  • Reports of the Secretary-General
  • Reports of UN bodies (including sessional reports)
  • Flagship reports.

Many reports are available in the Digital Library where they can be searched by title or subject.

Secretary-General Reports

The Secretary-General of the United Nations produces reports on the topics of interest to the main bodies of the organization. Secretary-General's reports are some of the most commonly cited United Nations documents.

Title or Subject Search

It is possible to search for many of the Secretary-General's reports using the Digital Library. Where available, the Digital Library provides full-text links to the reports.

Reports of Subsidiary Bodies

Most UN bodies, such as committees, commissions, boards, councils, and conferences, report on their work. These reports include summaries of the work of the body for a given time period or session. A sessional report is a report submitted by a subsidiary body to its parent organ. A series title is assigned to each sessional report.

More Information

Consult the following section of the UN Documentation Research Guide: