DESCRIPTION: Issued as so-called "masthead" (formerly "mimeographed") U.N. documents, items are issued without cover or title page, ranging from single sheets to voluminous items of more than 300 pages (e.g. A/56/100). More than one thousand masthead documents are usually issued for each session of the Assembly since 1985. DOCUMENT SYMBOLS: Each document is identified by a document symbol consisting of the component "A" (for General Assembly) and an individual document number. For the first thirty sessions, numbers were assigned sequentially, e.g. A/10509 was the last document issued under this system; beginning with the 31st session (1976), the session was included in the symbol, e.g. A/31/251 was assigned to the 251st document of the Assembly's 31st session. Documents issued for the Assembly and the Security Council will have a double symbol, e.g. A/58/716-S/2004/122. SERIES ARRANGEMENT: Classed in KZ5160, all masthead documents in this series are bound and shelved in alphanumeric order by U.N. document symbol. ONLINE AVAILABILITY: Also available on the Internet via the (i) "Documents" Page (included in the "Resources and Services" section) of the UN website, and (ii) UNBISnet, the online catalog of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, providing in each catalog record for currently issued UN documents links to the full text of the cataloged item (in various language versions). ADDENDA & CORRIGENDA: Series includes addenda or corrigenda to many documents of the series. They are identified by the words "Addendum" or "Corrigendum" on the cover sheet and by the symbol elements "Add." and "Corr.", followed by a number. For example, the first addendum to A/56/58 is symbolled A/56/58/Add.1, the second corrigendum issued to A/58/221 is symbolled A/57/221/Corr.2. CONTENT OF SERIES: Included are: (i) sessional working documents such as the agenda for the Assembly's session (usually symbolled A/session/251)and the voluminous Annotated Preliminary List of Items to be Included in the Provisional Agenda of the ... General Assembly (usually symbolled A/session/100); (ii) reports of the Assembly's main committees containing summaries of the work accomplished on allocated agenda items and including the texts of draft resolutions to be recommended for adoption by the Assembly; (iii) preliminary versions of reports on the work of subsidiary bodies, to be reissued eventually as supplements to the General Assembly Official Records (usually numbered as the first fifty documents of each session); (iv) reports, studies and notes of the Secretary-General, typically requested by the Assembly as basis for the consideration of certain agenda items; (v) reports and studies authored by special rapporteurs or other appointed experts or working groups dealing with specific agenda items; (vi) communications from U.N. Member States - usually addressed to the Secretary-General in the form of a letter, requesting that the transmitted information be circulated as a General Assembly document (frequently containing political statements but also transmitting information of interest to international law researchers such as recently concluded treaty texts and the text of declarations or statements adopted at international meetings or conferences). INDEXES, ETC.: From the Assembly's fifth session (1950/1951) onward, a sessional guide to the documents can be found in: Index to Proceedings of the General Assembly.
Index to proceedings of the General Assembly.