What is the difference between a UN document and a UN publication?
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United Nations documentation reflects the complexity of the UN as an organization. The Regulations for the Control and Limitation of Documentation, ST/AI/189/Add.3/Rev.2, define documents and publications as follows:

"A document is a text submitted to a principal organ or a subsidiary organ of the United Nations for consideration by it, usually in connection with item(s) on its agenda."
"The term 'United Nations publication' refers to any written material which is issued by the United Nations to the general public." ... Publications may include studies, reports statistical compilations, proceedings of certain UN-related conferences seminars and symposia, as well as UN serial publications, which include the UN Yearbooks, the UN Treaty Series, technical journals and bulletins.

The Official Records are a series of printed publications relating to the proceedings of the principal organs of the United Nations conferences; they include verbatim or summary records of the meetings of the organ concerned, annexes and supplements.

To learn more about researching UN documentation, visit our UN Documentation Research Guides

UN Publications are available for sale through the UN Publications website or through the UN iLibrary

Official documents are searchable from the United Nations Digital Library, the online catalogue of UN documents and publications, and the UN Official Document System (ODS).

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