What is a United Nations document symbol?
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  • The UN document symbol is usually found at the top right corner of a document.
  • The symbol serves as a unique identifier for a UN document. 
  • All language versions of a document have the same symbol.
  • All document symbols are composed of a combination of numbers and letters. 
  • Some UN publications that have a UN sales number are also given a UN document symbol.
  • An index of UN document series symbols from 1946 to 1996 is available in ST/LIB/SER.B/5/Rev.5.

Each element of the document symbol has a meaning. For more information, please see our Research Guide on UN Documentation. 

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