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Types of UNCITRAL Documents

 

Resolutions of the General Assembly

Annual reports of the Commission

Commission documents

Working Groups documents

Conference room papers

Information series papers

UNCITRAL bibliography

UNCITRAL yearbook

 

UNCITRAL documents appear in a variety of forms, depending on their function. Also see: Document Symbols.

Resolutions of the General Assembly

During its annual ordinary session, the United Nations General Assembly may adopt one or more resolutions regarding UNCITRAL work. General Assembly resolutions are first issued in provisional form and are later reissued at the end of the year as the last numbered supplement of the Official Records. For example, A/RES/54/103 is a provisional General Assembly document containing resolution 54/103 adopted during the General Assembly's 54th session. Prior to 1976, provisionally-issued General Assembly documents were sequentially numbered and did not contain an arabic number indicating their session (e.g. A/2205 (XXI)).

General Assembly resolutions

Annual reports of the Commission

At the end of each annual session, the Commission adopts a report for submission to the General Assembly. These annual reports are issued as supplement No. 17 to the Official Records of each session of the General Assembly. For example, the Report of the Commission on the work of its thirty-second session was printed as document A/54/17 (Supplement No. 17 to the Official Records of the 54th Session of the General Assembly).

Commission reports - at the top of each Commission session web page

Commission documents

Documents produced by the Secretariat for the Commission include, inter alia, analytical commentary, draft uniform rules, notes, reports, studies, compilations of information. Irrespective of their content, the documents are assigned the same type of document symbol in the A/CN.9/xxx series.

The reports of working group sessions, which are prepared by the Secretariat and adopted by the Working Group at the end of each session, typically held twice yearly, are also submitted to the Commission and are assigned a sequential number in the A/CN.9/xxx series.

Working Groups reports on the Commission session pages

Working Groups reports on the Working Group session pages - at the top of each Working Group session paragraph

Working Group documents

The Secretariat prepares documents as working papers for consideration by working groups. These documents are assigned a symbol in the A/CN.9/WG.xx/WP.xxx series.

Working Groups

Conference room papers

Conference room papers are informal papers generally issued during a meeting, such as in-process drafts and proposals by working group members and observers. They bear the document symbol suffix "/CRP". Conference room papers carry no authoritative value for research or citation.

Information series papers

Information series papers, which bear the document symbol suffix "/INF", typically contain the list of participants at Commission sessions or working group meetings and are not reproduced for general distribution.

UNCITRAL bibliography

The UNCITRAL Law Library staff prepares for the Commission an annual Bibliography of writings related to the work of UNCITRAL. The bibliography includes references to books, articles, and dissertations in a variety of languages, classified according to subject. The bibliography is updated periodically on the UNCITRAL web site and is also reproduced in the UNCITRAL Yearbook.

Bibliography

UNCITRAL Yearbook

All substantive UNCITRAL documents are collected and reproduced in the UNCITRAL Yearbook. The Yearbook is published in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Yearbooks