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Index to Proceedings 65th Anniversary
Index to Proceedings 65th Anniversary
Friday 18 May 2018

Topics: Resources

What is the Index to Proceedings?

The Index to Proceedings is prepared by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York.  It is a series of publications about the documentation of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council. 

Anyone who has ever undertaken historical research on the United Nations has likely found the Indexes to be their saving grace.  The Indexes are one of the few organized sources of information since the establishment of the UN.  They offer a path into what really happened by detailing who spoke when, about what, how resolutions were voted on, and how subjects were treated and considered.

The Index to Proceedings of the General Assembly was first published in 1953 and covered the 5th regular session, held in 1950-1951. This year, the Index to Proceedings celebrates its 65th anniversary.

How is the Index to Proceedings created?

The Indexes are produced by a small team within the Library, responsible for painstakingly going through all the documentation of each session or year by body to extract the metadata (including voting data and speeches) to compile the publications.  

The full collection of the Index to Proceedings are available on the Dag Hammarskjöld Library’s website.  Learn more about the Indexes in our related Ask DAG  FAQs on the topic.

Digitized Commission on the Status of Women Meeting Record
Digitized Commission on the Status of Women Meeting Record
Wednesday 14 March 2018

Topics: Digital Collections

On the occasion of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library is pleased to announce summary records from the first ten sessions of the Commission (1947-1956) are now available in the UN Digital Library.  The Commission on the Status of Women is currently meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Starting with the summary record of the first meeting held at Lake Success, New York on 10 February 1947, 230 historical summary records have been digitized documenting the proceedings of the Commission throughout the first ten years. These meeting records provide a glimpse into the multi-faceted work of the Commission during the early years. They offer insight into the status of women in different Member States, as well as challenges and progress made by the Commission in advancing the rights of women. 

The team digitizing the sometimes fragile documents noted some of the topics on the agenda during the early years of the UN are still relevant today. For example, E/CN.6/SR.222 includes the agenda point ”Equal pay for equal work [..]” and E/CN.6/SR.223  “Working women, including working mothers, [..] and means for the improvement of their position”.

Due to the significance of this collection of documents, the Library hopes to eventually preserve the entire historic collection of meetings in digital format to make them accessible to a global audience from within the UN Digital Library. At present we can offer a historical perspective to gender equality and the earliest work of the Commission in the advancement of women’s rights.

Other recently digitized series include: