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UN General Assembly 73rd session
UN General Assembly 73rd session (UN Photo)
Friday 14 September 2018

Topics: Resources

As the 73rd session of the General Assembly is approaching, you may be wondering a few things. 

Who will be the first speaker in the general debate of the UN General Assembly and why?  How can I find statements made by my country at the General Debate? How is the agenda of the General Assembly decided? Where can I find voting information for a specific resolution?

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library provides the answers with a variety of multilingual resources.


Browse 700 frequently asked questions and find answers about all things UN, including over 300 FAQs related to the work of the General Assembly in English, French and Spanish. Links to General Debate statements are also available in Ask DAG for every country, with records dating back to the country’s first statement to the General Assembly.

Research Guides

In addition to an indispensable guide on the General Assembly and its documentation, we recommend you look at our UN Documentation: Overview to get started, both available in all six official languages. 

As the Sustainable Development Goals will be a major focus of the work of the General Assembly, our new guide to key events and documents on development at the UN will also be essential.


Trying to find a resolution from a current or past session?  Save time and use the Library’s Table of Resolutions dating back to 1946.  The tables by session provide useful information related to every General Assembly resolution including voting data, meeting records and press releases.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, submit your question via our Ask DAG service and a librarian will respond to you.

San Francisco Conference
San Francisco Conference (UN Photo/McCreary)
Wednesday 20 December 2017

Topics: Digital Collections

Interested in researching the creation of the United Nations?  How was it established, and why is it organised as it is? How did the five permanent members of the Security Council gain the right to veto, and how was the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice decided? Who wrote and approved the UN Charter?

The San Francisco Conference, formally known as the United Nations Conference on International Organization, was the meeting of 50 nations in the summer of 1945 that established the United Nations. Lengthy discussions and deliberations took place amongst the over 1,500 delegates during these months.  The Conference culminated with the signing of the Charter of the United Nations by the nations on 26 June 1945, with the Charter officially coming into force on 24 October 1945.  

The entire proceedings of the San Francisco Conference have been digitized by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library’s Digitization Team, and can now be accessed globally from the United Nations Digital Library.  The collection is searchable by volume.

Find out more about the UN Charter and the proceedings of the San Francisco Conference via the Dag Hammarskjöld  Library’s UN Charter Research Guide and related FAQs in our Ask DAG service.

The UN Digital Library is freely accessible worldwide.


Questions about the General Assembly? Ask DAG!
Ask DAG: Frequently Asked Questions about the UN
Friday 22 September 2017

Topics: Resources

Where can I find voting information for resolutions? What are the opening dates of the UN General Assembly sessions? Where can I get the electronic version of the "Delegates' Handbook"? Did the General Assembly ever consider UFOs?

Answers to these questions and many more are available via the Dag Hammarskjöld Library’s Ask DAG service, accessible in English, French and Spanish.

Browsing the Ask DAG questions is also a good way to learn more about the Organization. You might find answers to questions you didn’t even know you had! (If you’re still wondering about the UFO question for example, you can find the answer here)

You can browse almost 700 frequently asked questions and find answers about all things UN, including over 300 related to the work of the General Assembly. If you can’t find what you are looking for, submit your question via our Ask DAG service and a librarian will respond to you.

United Nations Digital Library
Thursday 18 May 2017

Topics: Digital Collections, Resources

The United Nations Digital Library (UNDL) is now available! A result of the successful collaboration between the Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the United Nations Office at Geneva Library, the platform provides access to UN-produced materials in digital format free of charge. At the same time it is a major service for the long-term preservation of the Organization’s collective memory incorporating the latest relevant international standards. It is built on open source technology developed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). We now have the ability to bring together the diverse institutional heritage of the United Nations and preserve it for future generations.

We’d like to thank all the UN libraries who helped with the development of the United Nations Digital Library, in particular the ESCWA and OHCHR libraries for their translation assistance.

What can I find in the United Nations Digital Library?

  • UN documents and open access publications
  • UN voting data and speeches
  • UN maps
  • Content in 6+ languages

Which system features are there?

  • Linked data between related documents such as resolutions, meeting records and voting
  • Refine search by UN body, agency or type of document
  • Simple and advanced search functionality
  • New content alerts

Why a United Nations Digital Library?

  • Modern technology and functionality
  • Improved usability and access
  • Enhanced transparency and preservation


Stay tuned for more United Nations Digital Library News!