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Model U.N. Research: How to Find Speeches

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How to Find Speeches

A. The General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Security Council and the Trusteeship Council each produce an Index to Proceedings, available in the last row of shelves in the United Nations/International Documents Collection (6th west). 

B. Use this publication to look up the “Index to Speeches” section, arranged by corporate name/country, speaker or subject. Use the document symbol to locate the item in the collection. You may also use the online “Index to Speeches” (1983-) in UNBISnet, the online United Nations Library catalog, at http://unbisnet.un.org/. UNBISNET has citations to speeches made in the General Assembly (GA) starting with the 38th session (1983-), the Security Council (SC) starting with the 38th year as well(1983-), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) begins in 1983 and the Trusteeship Council (TC) starts with with its 15th special session (1982). Links to the full text of speeches are provided. 

C. You may not be able to locate speeches by country representatives because:

  • There are no speeches by that particular representative on a specific topic in any of the indexes.
  • There has been a recent change in a country’s government due to an election, military takeover, etc.
  • Country may not be a member of a particular U.N. main body. The General Assembly is the only U.N. main body that includes all U.N. member countries; other organs rotate membership.

You have the following options (one or more may apply):

  • If you are unable to find a specific subject listed within the Index to Speeches by Country section for the most current year available, check previous years to see if there is a speech on your specific subject.
  • If you are still unsuccessful, substitute a related subject or country that has a regional and/or political alliance with your country. Speak to your advisor about this approach.
  • Contact the permanent missions for your country. Use  Permanent Missions to the United Nations addresses and phone numbers. Issues are maintained at call number BR6ID JZ4981.P47 U55 in the United Nations/International Documents Collection (6th west). 
  • A copy can also be found here: http://www.un.int/protocol/bluebook.html