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Index to Proceedings - Security Council
Index to Proceedings - Security Council
Friday 4 October 2019

Topics: Resources

Did you know that the Security Council adopted a resolution on conflict-induced hunger in 2018? Or that it held a total of 288 meetings in which Poland, one of the non-permanent members, delivered 170 statements? 

All these fascinating details about the work of the Security Council can be discovered in the Index to Proceedings (ITP) and we are pleased to announce that the 2018 edition has just been published and can be consulted online.

The Index to Proceedings gives insight into how various issues were brought before the Security Council for discussion and action, and which decisions were taken by the 15 Security Council members on questions of global concern.  Document references link to full text online versions of each document.  The Index is divided into two parts: a subject index and an index to speeches.

The Index to Proceedings includes:

•             Information about membership and each member’s terms of office

•             List of presidents

•             Checklist of meetings

•             List of ad-hoc committees

•             Agenda with corresponding subject headings

•             List of documents

•             List of adopted resolutions

•             Voting chart for adopted resolutions

Want to know more about these valuable research tools produced by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library?  These resources provide a more in-depth look at the Indexes:

Ask DAG FAQ: What is the Index to Proceedings?

Research Guide : UN Documentation Resources

Second Floor Reading Room
Second Floor Reading Room (UN Photo)
Thursday 1 March 2018

Topics: Learning, Resources

The Second Floor Reading Room has gone through many transformations since 1961. For decades it was called the Woodrow Wilson Reading Room because it housed the U.S. president’s papers about the League of Nations.  Until 2008, it operated as the UN reference collection for the Library and contained the most consulted UN documents and publications.  It was closed in 2008 to accommodate the media outlets covering the UN during the Capital Master Plan. Construction damaged the ceiling and made it necessary to refurbish the room before it could be used.  It reopened in November 2016 and has been designated as a silent study space primarily for delegates and UN staff.

The Dag Hammarskjold Library was dedicated to the second Secretary-General after his death in 1961. At the time, the Library Building was written up in architectural magazines which described the room in glowing detail:

“All is movement in the slope of the wall and undulating ceiling [of the Reading Room]. The informal planking of the Idaho white pine ceiling and wall contrasts with the dark African wenge wood of the card catalog which follows the sloping line of the wall. The end walls are of Peruvian travertine…” Interiors Magazine, 1963

With the coming of modern information systems, the card catalog is now empty but the room is filled with the passion for learning and creativity so often attributed to the late Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld.

Learn more about the history of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library: https://library.un.org/content/our-mandate-history.