UN DOCUMENTS: "A document is a text submitted for examination to a principal or subsidiary organ of the United Nations for consideration by it, usually in connection with an item on its agenda." U.N. Doc. ST/AI/189/Add.3/Rev.2 UN official documents are also referred to as working, sessional, masthead, or mimeographed documents. They can include reports, letters, draft resolutions, individual final resolutions, individual meeting records, budgets, and other materials, and they may or may not be republished in a compiled volume of official records.
UN Documentation Research Guide, United Nations Dag Hammarsköld Library
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UN PUBLICATIONS: "The term United Nations publication refers to any written material which is issued by or for the United Nations to the general public, normally under the authorization of the Publications Board." U.N. Doc. ST/AI/189/Add.3/Rev.2
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