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INR 3502: International Organizations: UN RESOURCES ON COUNTRY POSITIONS

Created by Mohamed Berry for Dr. Inken von Borzyskowski's course.


There are two main ways the UN Member States inform the UN of their positions on current events or other topics. One is to make a statement in a meeting of a UN organ, such as the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, or any subsidiary body. Statements may be recorded in the meeting records of the body. UN Member States on the Record is a website that provides easy access to recent statements by country. Please note that meeting records may be issued long after a meeting is held. The Meetings Coverage & Press Releases website may provide an informal advanced version of the statements.

The second way is for a Member State to send a communication to the UN. To identify letters by a particular Member State, search the UN Library's catalogue, UNBISnet as shown below:


Country Positions could be searched by the resolutions that they have proposed with regards to a certain situation.

There are 2 ways to search UNBISNET:

  1. New Keyword Search: KEYWORD and AUTHOR, i.e. SYRIA and TURKEY
  2. New Browse List Search
    • Subject Search, SYRIA – search results on all issues relating to SYRIA. Example, letter from Iran denying accusation. Sort in DECENDING order.
    • Author Search, TURKEY: All documents authored by Turkey. Search within results for documents on SYRIA.

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