Document symbol

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The document symbol is the unique identifier assigned to every official United Nations document. It identifies the organ associated with the document as well as the type of document.

Syntax

Each document symbol has a number of components, separated by forward slashes (/). The first component identifies the associated organ, as such:

  • A: General Assembly
  • S: Security Council
  • E: Economic and Social Council
  • ST: Secretariat

The final component of the document symbol can be one or more of the following modifiers:

  • Addendum
    /Add.(number)
  • Amendment: Alteration by decision of a competent authority, of a portion of an adopted formal text
    /Amend.(number)
  • Corrigendum
    /Corr.(number)
  • Revision (replacing texts previously issued)
    /Rev.(number)
  • Reissuance of a document for technical reasons
    *

General Assembly documents

  • Report
    A/(session)/(number)
  • Resolution
    A/RES/(session)/(resolution number)[1]
  • Proposal
    A/(session)/L.(number)
  • Official record
    A/(session)/PV.(meeting number)
  • Committee document
    A/C.(committee number)/(session)/(number)
  • Committee proposal
    A/C.(committee number)/(session)/L.(number)
  • Committee summary record
    A/C.(committee number)/(session)/SR.(meeting number)
  • Subsidiary body document
    A/AC.(subsidiary body number)/(year)/(document number)[2]

General Assembly documents with standardized symbols

Some General Assembly documents are issued regularly with the same number, in the format A/(session)/(number). These are as follows:

Number Report In use Notes
1 Report of the Secretary-General of the Organization Yes
2 Report of the Security Council Yes
3 Report of the Economic and Social Council Yes
4 Report of the International Court of Justice Yes
5 Report of the Board of Auditors Yes Issued in multiple volumes
6 Proposed programme budget Yes Issued with multiple addenda
7 Report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions Yes Issued with multiple addenda
8 Report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme Yes UN Habitat
9 Report of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board Yes
10 Report of the International Law Commission Yes
11 Report of the Committee on Contributions Yes
12 Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Yes
13 Report of the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Yes UNRWA
14 No
15 No
16 Report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination Yes
17 Report of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Yes
18 Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Yes
19 Report of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations Yes a.k.a. C34
20 Report of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Yes
21 Report of the Committee on Information Yes
23 Report of the Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples Yes a.k.a C24
24 Report of the United Nations Council for Namibia No Body defunct
25 Report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme No Document now issued under UNEP symbol
26 Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country Yes
27 Report of the Conference on Disarmament Yes
28 Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the World Disarmament Conference No Body defunct
29 Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Indian Ocean Yes
30 Report of the International Civil Service Commission Yes
32 Report of the Committee on Conferences Yes
33 Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and the Strengthening of the Organization Yes
34 Report of the Joint Inspection Unit Yes
35 Report of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People Yes
36 Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Yes
37 Report of the Intergovernmental Committee on Science and Technology for Development No body defunct
38 Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women Yes
39 Report of the High-level Committee on the Review of Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries No Later reports issued under TCDC symbol
40 Report of the Human Rights Committee Yes
41 Report of the Special Committee on Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Principle of Non-Use of Force in International Relations No Body defunct
42 Report of the Disarmament Commission Yes
43
44 Report of the Committee against Torture Yes
45
46 Report of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation Yes
47
48 Report of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers And their Familes Yes
49 Resolutions and Decisions adopted by the General Assembly Yes Issued in multiple volumes
50 Preliminary list of items to be included in the provisional agenda Yes
51
52
53 Report of the Human Rights Council Yes
54
55 Report of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Yes
56 Report of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances Yes
100 Annotated preliminary lists of items to be included in the provisional agenda Yes
150 Provisional agenda of the ### session of the General Assembly Yes
200 List of supplementary items proposed for inclusion in the agenda Yes
250 Organization of the ### regular session of the General Assembly Yes
300 Notification by the Secretary-General under Article 12, paragraph 2, of the Charter Yes

Security Council documents

  • Document
    S/(year)/(number)
  • Resolution
    S/RES/(resolution number)((year))
  • Presidential statement
    S/PRST/(year)/(number)
  • Meeting records
    S/PV.(meeting number)

Secretariat documents

Accessing documents

Official documents can be located through the Official Document System (ODS) website: documents.un.org.

If you know the document symbol of the official document you are looking for, you can access it directly from undocs.org/(document symbol)

References

  1. Before 1976, resolution numbers were not reset each session, and the symbol followed the following syntax: A/RES/(resolution number)((session number in roman numerals))
  2. For a list of subsidiary bodies and their numbers, see [1]