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Secretary-General's Bulletins
Secretary-General's Bulletins
Wednesday 8 August 2018

Topics: Digital Collections

In an ongoing initiative the Dag Hammarskjöld Library’s Digitization Unit has scanned over 160 memorable Secretary General’s Bulletins, including UN staff rules, from the 1940s, 50s, and 60sThese historical UN documents contain milestone communications including bulletins addressed to the “Members of the Staff of United Nations” by Secretaries-General Trygve Lie and Dag Hammarskjöld  

Since many of the staff rules have numerous amendments one can follow the path of refining for each rule, and the evolution of the Organization’s human resource topics throughout the decades.  

The bulletins provide a rare historical perspective into human resource related communications during the early years of the United Nations. They address various UN staff matters, for exampleSGB/1 issued by the first UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie established the “New York Headquarters and the temporary London office” in 1946.  SGB/63 describes the “Functions of United Nations Archives” and  ST/SGB/124 gives a detailed account of the Revised Organization of the Secretariat’ from 1961. Other communications such as SGB/69 detail overtime practices, and the establishment of an Appeals Board (SGB/64).   

These historic Secretary-General’s Bulletins and Staff Rules and Regulations can be found in the Library’s own digital portal, the UN Digital LibraryAll Secretary General Bulletin documents begin with symbol SGB/ or ST/SGB, and can be found via the advanced search in the database.    

Explore related FAQs on UN Rules and Regulations in our AskDag service.  The UN Digital Library is freely accessible worldwide.

Other digitized series include:

UN Documentation: Development Research Guide
UN Documentation: Development Research Guide (UN Photo)
Friday 1 June 2018

Topics: Resources

From the Development Decades, to the Millennium Development Goals and the current Sustainable Development Goals.  How has the concept of development changed over the years within the United Nations since 1946?  The Dag Hammarskjold Library has a new research guide on development to help you find out.

The guide UN Documentation : Development is presented in a timeline format, highlighting key documents including major conferences, reports and resolutions. It illustrates how the concept of development within the Organization has evolved with sections for each of the Development Decades, the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. International years and decades declared by the General Assembly are included to highlight the wide variety of topics that touch on development and some of the strategies the UN has used to raise global awareness of these issues. The guide will continue to be updated to reflect the ongoing work of the Organization on this vital topic.

This guide complements other UN documentation guides the Library has recently published on the UN System, Decolonization and the Trusteeship Council.

Contact us with any questions or comments.

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.