Official Document System of the United Nations

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Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS) is a free collection of documents published by the United Nations (UN). It contains full-text, born-digital UN documents published from 1993 onward, including documents of the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and their subsidiaries, as well as administrative issuances and other documents. It also includes scanned versions of many documents published in print between 1946 and 1993, including all resolutions of the principal organs, all documents of the Security Council, and the General Assembly Official Records.

The collection is regularly updated with newly published documents and with newly scanned older documents. Documents are available in the official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Some documents are also available in German.

ODS does not contain the following types of materials: documents issued before 1993 that have not yet been digitized, press releases, publications that are offered for sale (such as the Yearbook and the Treaty Series), and documents that do not have a UN symbol.

For help finding documents published by the United Nations, please consult the United Nations and United Nations Organizations Research Guide.

Dates covered

Digital documents published from 1993 – present.

Scanned versions of many physical documents published from 1946-1993.

Type of coverage

Full-text United Nations documents.

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

United Nations

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