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Library Resource Guide for: UNITED NATIONS GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

Resolution & Decision

Definition

The major document type for U.N. organs is the Resolution, which describes the situation and the actions that will be taken by the U.N., for example to send peacekeepers or call on nations to do a certain act. It is the will of the organization. A Decision, on the other hand, is the will of the organization about an internal affair affecting the U.N. only, such as elections or appointments.

How to Understand the Document

Resolutions have a certain structure. They have a Preamble and Operative Part:


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  • Using UNBISNET, you can limit your searches to resolutions. In the UN Doc Symbol field use:

    1. a/res for General Assembly resolutions

    2. s/res for Security Council resolutions

    3. e/res for Economic and Social Council resolutions

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