What can I find in the Index to Proceedings of the Economic and Social Council?
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The Index to Proceedings (ITP) of the Economic and Social Council is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

Arrangement of the Index

The ITP consists of the following parts:

  • Sessional information: Lists members of the ECOSOC and their terms of office as well as the officers of the Council, and provides information on rules of procedure, resolutions, and decisions;
  • Check-list of meetings: Lists the meetings of the ECOSOC;
  • Agenda: Lists matters considered by and brought before the Council and the subject headings under which these items appear in the Subject index;
  • Subject index: Provides topical access to ECOSOC documentation arranged alphabetically by subject and lists documents considered under each item, meetings at which the items were considered, and the action taken by the Council, if any;
  • Index to speeches: Provides access to speeches made before the Council. The index is divided into three sections: 
  • countries/organizations
  • speakers
  • subjects
  • List of resolutions adopted during the session: Indicates the number and title of each resolution, as well as meeting number and date, agenda item number, and vote where appropriate;
  • List of documents: Lists documents issued for the year. Provides information on the republication of provisional documents in printed Official Records;

Background information

The Index to Proceedings of the Economic and Social Council was first published in 1953 and covered the 1st special session and 14th session (both held in 1952). It was preceded by the Disposition of Agenda Items (E/INF/) and the Check-list of UN documents (symbol series ST/LIB/SER.F/).

The Index to Speeches of the Economic and Social Council began with the 10th session, held in 1950.

The ITP was published in print format until 2011. Since the 2011 session it has been published as a digital (PDF) publication only.  From the 2010 session onwards the ITP includes links to the full-text document in the Official Document System (ODS), with the option to select the document in any of the official languages available. 


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