ESCAP Documents and Publications
Official Documents and Resolutions
The ESCAP secretariat prepares reports covering the sessions of the Commission, the main legislative organ of ESCAP. The Commission meets annually, in conformity with its terms of reference and rules of procedure, which govern the conduct of the Commission sessions. The Commission's Terms of Reference were last updated in 2009 and are available as Annex IV of the Annual Report from the 65th Commission (http://undocs.org/E/ESCAP/65/32).
Annual reports, containing all adopted resolutions, can be found on ESCAP's Official Documents website, from the sixty-third Commission (2007) to the present. All ESCAP resolutions can also be browsed and searched on this site, and a wider range of official documents, including ECAFE and historical annual reports, are available on the Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS) and the UN Digital Library (UNDL).
The ESCAP Repository digitally captures, stores, indexes, preserves and redistributes the intellectual and research output of ESCAP, including flagship publications, policy briefs, technical reports, working papers, and more. It provide a single point of access to more than 3,500 digital publications, from the first ESCAP publication in 1947, to the most recent. This number will continue to grow until all ESCAP research is made available. All publications are freely available in full-text.
UN Documents and Resources
There are a variety of research tools, websites and databases for researching official UN documentation and related resources. Two key search engines for finding UN documents are the UN Digital Library (UNDL) and the Official Document System (ODS).
- United Nations Digital Library: The online catalogue of UN documents and publications. The Digital Library includes UN documents, voting data, speeches, maps, and open access publications. The platform provides access to UN-produced materials in digital format and bibliographic records for print UN documents starting in 1979. System features include linked data between related documentation such as resolutions, meeting records and voting, and refining of searches by UN body, agency or type of document. User Guide
- Official Document System: The 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.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Library at the UN Headquarters in New York offers a comprehensive glossary of additional UN resources on their website.