The General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council all have official records. Some conferences may also have official records.
The Regulations for the Control and Limitation of Documentation, ST/AI/189/Add.3/Rev.2, define official records:
The Official Records are a series of printed publications relating to the proceedings of the principal organs of the United Nations or certain United Nations conferences; they include verbatim or summary records of the meetings of the organ concerned, annexes and supplements.
In general, official records currently consist of meeting records and supplements, including the resolutions and decisions of the organ.
Reports and other selected documents were issued as annexes or supplements to the official records.
Prior to the online availability of UN documents, the Official Records were often the only source available to scholars for UN documentation research. They are widely cited in both UN and non-UN publications.
Official Records were distributed to UN Depository Libraries and may have been collected by other libraries and research institutions.
The General Assembly Official Records (GAOR) consist of:
The annual reports of the Secretary-General, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and International Court of Justice offer excellent starting points for research.
These reports are supplements to the General Assembly Official Records (GAOR) for each session.
Prior to the 31st session, documents were sequentially numbered. The supplements to the Official Records were renumbered for each session.
For each session of the General Assembly, resolutions and decisions are compiled and issued as a supplement to the General Assembly Official Records (GAOR).
For regular sessions, starting with the 42nd session, the document has been assigned number 49, and is Supplement 49 to the GAOR.
Currently, there are usually 3 volumes:
Since the 59th session, the sessional cumulations have included information about the vote in the plenary on the draft resolution.