What is UNBISnet Index to Speeches?
Last Updated: May 09, 2018     Views: 841

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 UNBISnet Index to Speeches provides information about statements made by representatives of UN member states and UN officials in meetings of the General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council. Coverage begins in the early 1980s. For older statements, use the Index to Proceedings (available on the Library website).

The database can be searched by:

  • meeting record symbol
  • speaker
  • country/organization
  • topic (agenda)
  • speech date

The search can also be limited by principal organ where the statement was made.

For example, a search by speaker's name:

sample search showing Clinton in speaker field

Search results for this example include both Hilary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton, and indicate the role in which they made the statements. The document symbol indicates the body in which they spoke.

Search results for Speaker = Clinton

If the speaker is representing a member state as Foreign Minister (or equivalent) or Ambassador to the United Nations or as a lower office holder, the office is not indicated. If the speaker is a UN official or the head of state or government of a member state, the office title is listed in the County/Organization field.

It is possible to search for statements by head of state by title and country:

search country/organization field for Mexico president

It is also possible to search for "special statements" as a topic if you are not sure of the title of the head of state or government. 

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Disclaimer: answers are prepared by library staff using resources available at the time of writing. This site may include links and references to third-party databases, websites, books and articles, this does not imply endorsement by the United Nations.


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