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Index to Proceedings

The Index to Proceedings (ITP) is an invaluable series, especially useful for research on matters prior to 1979. It provides citation to the parliamentary documentation of the principal organs.

Each index has two parts:

  1. a subject index to all the documents issued for the body, by agenda item;
  2. an index to speeches delivered.

One index has been issued for each year of the Security Council, and each session of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and Trusteeship Council.

The ITPs are published for every session of the three major organs (General Assembly, ECOSOC and Security Council).

  • Economic and Social Council
    • First published in 1953, covers the 1st special session and 14th session, 1952
  • General Assembly
    • First published in 1953, covers the 5th regular session, 1950/1951
  • Security Council
    • First published in 1965, covers the 19th year, 1964
  • Trusteeship Council
    • First published in 1953, covers the 11th session, 1952
    • Last published covers the 61st session, 1994

Publication of the indexes lags behind the completion of the sessions of the organs to allow for all documentation to be issued and included.

  • Index to Proceedings
    Digitized version (PDF) of the Index to Proceedings.
  • UNBISnet - Index to Speeches
    Provides access to meeting records of the Principal organs, beginning in the mid-1980s, by country or organization, speaker, document symbol, or topic.

Official Document System (ODS)

  • Official Document System (ODS)
    United Nations official document system: provides full text search of documents issued since 1993; resolutions of all principal organs & Security Council plenary documents since 1946 ; older documents are added regularly. Includes the Daily Journals of New York and Geneva.

Press Releases

  • UN Meetings Coverage and Press Releases
    Available online from October 1995. Press Releases are not official documents but provide timely information on the current activities of the principal organs and subsidiary bodies, including summaries of meetings.


UNBISnet is the library catalogue of the UN Library in New York. It provides a powerful search on the metadata of the UN documents. In addition to the catalogue UNBISnet includes two specialized databases: the Index to Speeches and the Voting Records databases

  • UNBISnet - Bibliographic Records
    UNBISnet is the catalogue of the UN Library in New York. In addition to the library's holdings it accesses multilingual versions of UN documents (1993-present), citation to documents (1979-present) ; metadata and online links to older documents are added regularly.
  • UNBISnet - Index to Speeches
    Provides access to meeting records of the Principal organs, beginning in the mid-1980s, by country or organization, speaker, document symbol, or topic.
  • UNBISnet - Voting Records
    Provides the recorded vote for all resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and Security Council, 1946-present. Documents can be searched by resolution symbol, keyword, or date.


  • UN-I-QUE
    UN Info Quest (UN-I-QUE) provides citation to the symbols for documents throughout the history of the organization: each record within UN-I-QUE is historically comprehensive. UN-I-QUE does not provide citation to all documents, but to certain documents of a recurrent nature. As of 2014, the database is no longer updated.

UN Member States: On the Record

  • UN Member States: On the Record
    UN Member States: On the Record links to pre-set, standard searches for each Member State in UNBISnet, UN-I-QUE, and the Press Release database. Searches available for each Member State include: the key documents related to its membership in the UN; statements made before the principal organs; draft resolutions sponsored; periodic reports submitted on Human Rights conventions, and more.

UN Yearbook

  • UN Yearbook
    The Yearbook of the United Nations is the principal reference work of the UN and provides a detailed overview of the Organization's activities during the course of a year. All the Yearbooks, 1945 to the most recent, are available online and provide citation to the documentation and include the full text of resolutions.

Document availability

Q Which United Nations official documents are available online?

Updated: Dec 18, 2013

Documents available online:

  • All United Nations documents from 1993;
  • All resolutions of the Principal Organs from 1946;
  • All Security Council plenary documents from 1946 in English, French and Spanish;
  • All supplements to the Official records of the General Assembly from 1946;
  • Older documents are being scanned: status of digitization.

UN staff, delegates, accredited media or NGO representatives, can visit or contact a United Nations Library to consult the hard copy.

External researchers can access Official records that have not yet been digitized by visiting one of the United Nations depository library or information centres.

If the document is not available in the nearest depository library or information centre, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library offers scan-on-demand service.

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