What is UNBISnet Voting Records?
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016     Views: 609

UNBISnet, the United Nations Bibliographic Information System, is the online catalogue of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library. There are three databases: Bibliographic RecordsVoting Records, and Index to Speeches.

The Voting Records database includes information about the vote on each adopted resolution of the General Assembly and the Security Council. It does not include information about voting in the committees or about votes on draft resolutions that were not passed.

The database can be searched by:

  • resolution symbol
  • vote date
  • topic (agenda item)

It is not possible to search this database by country. 

From the UN Documentation Research Guide: General Assembly Voting Information

The Voting Records database provides access to voting information for General Assembly resolutions adopted:

  • without a vote
  • by a recorded vote beginning in the 1st session (1946) 

The information provided comes from the voting machine in the General Assembly Hall. If a Member State informs the Secretariat of an error in the vote, the data is not changed and the vote must therefore be researched in the meeting records.

The database uses the following notations to present the voting information:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Abstentions
  • blank = Non-participating
  • 9 = Not eligible to participate
    • Refers to countries which, according to Charter Article 19, cannot vote because the amount of their arrears equals or exceeds the amount of contributions due from them for the preceding two full years.

The database does not include information about votes on draft resolutions not adopted.

From the UN Documentation Research Guide: Security Council Voting Information 

The Voting Records database provides access to voting information for adopted Security Council resolutions. 

The database does not include information about votes on draft resolutions not adopted.

The information provided comes from the Security Council meeting records.

The database uses the following notations to present the voting information:

  • P indicates the state is a Permanent member of the Security Council
  • R indicates the state is a Rotating member of the Security Council
  • Y Yes
  • N No
  • A Abstained

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016     Views: 609

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