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Researching the Security Council

Friday 14 December 2018

Topics: Resources

2018 has been a big year for the Security Council. Are you all caught up?

What topics were considered by the Security Council in 2018?  Where can you find voting information for a resolution, and how many resolutions have been vetoed or not adopted? How are the non-permanent members of the Security Council selected? How is the agenda of the Security Council decided? 

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

Research Tools

Ask DAG: Browse 700 frequently asked questions and find answers about all things UN, including over 50 FAQs related to the work of the Security Council in English, French and Spanish.

Research Guides: Your first stop when looking for Security Council documentation should be our research guide, available in all six official languages.  You may also find our guides on International Law and Peacekeeping useful for further information on how the Security Council tackles these complex subjects.

Index to Proceedings: Conducting more advanced research? Consult our Indexes to explore what’s happened in the Security Council over the years.

Additional resources: The Library has a comprehensive collection of books and e-books available from Dag Discovery.

Meetings, Outcomes and Vetoes

Save time and use the Library’s Meetings & Outcomes table, dating back to 1994.  The tables, organized by session, provide useful information related to every meeting including voting data, meeting records, resolutions adopted and not adopted, and press releases. 

Where can I find a list of Security Council vetoes?  Check out our complete veto list, dating back to 1946.

Consult Ask DAG and the Research Guides to find out more about the Security Council.  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.