General Assembly

The General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations. It is a unique world forum and the only UN organ composed of representatives from all member states. The General Assembly has the right to discuss and make recommendations on all matters of concern to the Organization. Matters dealt with by other UN organs are often submitted to the General Assembly for discussions and voting on resolutions.

Structure of the General Assembly

Most member states are represented in the General Assembly by its UN delegation, composed by the staff of its Permanent Mission and members of legislature and NGOs as observers. UNA Sweden, for instance, is part of the Swedish delegation. The head of each mission is known as Permanent Representative to the United Nations and has the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

The President of the United Nations General Assembly is a position voted for by representatives in the United Nations General Assembly on a yearly basis.

Work of the General Assembly

The continuing work of the United Nations Organization rests upon the principles laid down by General Assembly resolutions. The work is organized through:

More on General Assembly

The General Assembly documents are composed as follows:

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General Assembly

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Session number

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Current number

Ex.

A/52/17

As of the 31st session (1976), the General Assembly began to incorporate the session number into the symbols of its documents. Before that the documents were only given a current number from 1946 onwards, i.e. A/9601.

Literature

UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
  • UN iLibrary UN publications online covering different topics.
  • ODS full-text UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
  • Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
  • Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
    • a list of all documents
    • a comprehensive subject index
    • an index to speeches
    • a voting chart of resolutions
  • United Nations Documents Index (United Nations Digital Library) References to all documents by subject area are published. A collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.
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