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The Government Publications/Maps/Law Library is a partial depository for United Nations publications from 1946-2000 and became a full U.N. depository in 2001. This means that we receive publications and the official records of the major organs of the United Nations, such as the General Assembly, Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council. As a depository we have an extensive collection of U.N. materials in print and microfiche. U.N. depository libraries do not, however, receive all the publications and documents from U.N. subsidiary or related agencies such as UNICEF or the United Nations University.
The premier index to United Nations documents including Official Records, masthead documents, draft resolutions, meeting records, UN Sales Publications, and the UN Treaty Series citations. Also included is the full-text of several thousand UN documents.
The library has a microfiche copy of most of the materials listed in the AccessUN database.
An additional full-text source for selected U.N. documents is the United States Official Documents System (ODS). This database is password protected and only available in the library with the assistance of a GPML library staff member.
Government documents can be difficult to use and this guide may not be able to answer all of your research needs. For further assistance don't hesitate to ask any of the library staff.
Yearbook of the United Nations. I-UN 1:year contains chapters on specific topics covered during the year, it includes references to specific U.N. documents for further research, covers UN and related agencies, there is a lag of several years so it is not useful for current information
Everyone's United Nations: Handbook on Work of United Nations. I-UN 2:Ev28/986 divided into 2 parts: 1. The Structure of the UN, provides a brief overview of the history and the current structure and actions, 2. Work of the UN, includes separate chapters on the major topics dealt with by the UN, as well as a section that explains intergovernmental organizations and their relationship to the UN.
Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements. JX1977.O8213 provides information on structure and organization as well as related agencies, includes partial text of international agreements and definitions of terms used in the fields of social science and international law
Guide to Delegate Preparation. JX1977.A1 G78 introduces the model UN program and gives basic information that all participants should be familiar with, gives an overview of the conference and explains how to prepare, a section on how nations interact with each other and text of selected resolutions with voting records from the previous General Assembly session.
United Nations Disarmament Yearbook. I-UN 1/2:yr/vol contains a review of the main developments and negotiations in the field of disarmament, includes a brief history of the major issues
Comprehensive Handbook of the United Nations. JX5809.C6123 2 volumes, consists of basic laws, rules, regulations of all UN organs as well as agreements formulated by those organs
Issues Before the General Assembly of the United Nations. JX1977 .A1 U524a provides brief summaries of numerous topics covered by each session of the UN generalassembly with references to UN documents from the previous session
Structure of the United Nations General Assembly: an organizational approach to its work,1974-1980s. (2 volumes) JX1977 .A495 F5641 deals specifically with the work of the general assembly and its interaction withsub-bodies of the UN
United Nations Handbook. JX1977 .A1 U54 contains a list of all the organizations of the UN including membership, aims, committeestructure and legal basis for their existence
Official Records of the General Assembly: I-UN/D A/Sess.
General Committee I-UN/D A/BUR/Sess./S.R. no.
1st Committee, Political and Security Questions. I-UN/D A/C.1/Sess./P.V. no.
2nd Committee, Economic and Financial Questions. I-UN/D A/C.2/Sess./S.R. no.
3rd Committee, Social, Humanitarian & Cultural. I-UN/D A/C.3/Sess./S.R. no.
4th Committee, Trusteeship Questions. I-UN/D A/C.4/Sess./S.R. no.
5th Committee, Administrative & Budgetary. I-UN/D A/C.5/Sess./S.R.no.
6th Committee, Legal Questions. I-UN/D A/C.6/Sess./S.R.no.
Special Political Committee. I-UN/D A/SPC/Sess./ S.R. no.
Supplements: resolutions and reports of the subsidiary bodies of the General Assembly
Annexes: papers or reports relevant to a particular agenda item, arranged by agendanumber
Index to Proceedings: published for each session of the General Assembly, contains anagenda for that session, subject index, index of speeches by country and speaker, and avoting chart of resolutions and decisions
The official records of the Economic and Social Council, the Security Council and theTrusteeship Council follow the same arrangement discussed above.
SOURCES FOR UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTIONS
Resolutions and Decisions Adopted by the General Assembly I-UN/D A/Sess.Res.&Dec. contains text of resolutions and decisions as they were written at the time of adoption by the Assembly, has a subject index.
Background Notes S1.23: separate issues for individual countries contains a brief overview of the country, a map,descriptions of the public and private activities, and relationships outside of its border,helpful in gaining a basic understanding of a country. Available in print or link to USState Dept. list on-line.
Country Studies D101.22: each book deals with a specific foreign country, describes its political, economic and social institutions, the people that make up the culture and how they interact in shaping the country, detailed information on the country, only a limited number of countries areavailable. Selected studies available on-line through Library of Congress.
CIA World Fact Book PrEx3.15: entries briefly explain geography, demography, government, economics,communications, and defense forces for 247 countries. Available in print or on-line.
Country Reports on Economic Policy and Trade Practices Y4.F76/1:C83/3/991 produced by the department of state, provides a comprehensive and comparative analysisof economic policies and trade practices of each country with which the U.S. has aneconomic or trade relationship. Available in print or on-line via US State Dept.
Human Rights Report U.S. Department of State Report to Congress on Voting Practices in the United Nations. S1.1/8: published by the department of state, this report assesses the voting practices of thegovernments of UN member states and evaluates the actions and responsiveness of those governments to United States policy on issues of special interest to the U.S.
U.N. Chronicle. I-UN/P96 14: quarterly periodical, contains current events within the UN, includes a calendar of upcoming events
(via library homepage). Provides access to United Nations documents and publications via twelve access points including subject and keyword.
United Nations Resolutions JX5903.A3 D57
Official Records of the General Assembly I-UN/D A/Session
Report to Congress on the Voting Practices in the United Nations S1.1/8/year