Does the Library digitize UN documents?
Last Updated: May 09, 2018
Yes, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, in collaboration with the Library at the UN Office at Geneva, has a programme to scan the historic documents of the United Nations.
Since 2014, these efforts have been expedited by a joint digitization project between the Department of Public Information and Department for General Assembly and Conference Management. It is funded by the Government of Qatar.
Documents born digital have been made available in the Official Document System and the Library's catalogue, UNBISnet, since 1993. Older materials are being added to these systems.
All Security Council documents, 1946- present, are available online; as are General Assembly Official Records Supplements, resolutions and meeting records from plenary meetings of the General Assembly. The current status of the digitization programme is updated periodically.
In addition, documents may be scanned on-demand for a special project (e.g. the anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights), or at the request of users.
Please note that on-demand scanning requests are handled in the order received. Priority is given to requests from UN Member States and staff of the UN Secretariat. The time required varies with the number of pages and the condition of the documents.
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