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Q: Votes on proposed UN Security Council Resolutions ( Answered 2 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Votes on proposed UN Security Council Resolutions
Category: Relationships and Society > Politics
Asked by: blossom-ga
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Posted: 10 May 2002 01:23 PDT
Expires: 17 May 2002 01:23 PDT
Question ID: 14163
I have found the texts of United Nations Security Council resolutions
at The votes on each elude me, though. I would like a
comprehensive list of votes of each country on every proposed Security
Council resolution, if you can find such a list. Those that were not
adopted are of particular interest to me.

I would be grateful if you could find the same for General Assembly
resolutions, but that is of secondary importance.

Subject: Re: Votes on proposed UN Security Council Resolutions
Answered By: weisstho-ga on 14 May 2002 22:04 PDT
Rated:2 out of 5 stars
Dear Blossom,

I believe the information you are seeking can be found at the U.S.
Department of State, Annual Reports to Congress -- Voting Practices in
the United Nations,

The information is available for 1997, 98 and 1999 - once you select a
year, scroll down to "Country Listings" and you will find the voting
record, by member, by resolution. For example:

There is information contained in the above reports for both the
General Assembly and the Security Council. Although the SC votes tend
to be pretty one way, there is a summary at the end of the report
which shows nays and abstentions, and which resolutions those were
made for.
(see, e.g. page 131).

Search Terms Used:



I hope this is exactly what you were looking for. One would have hoped
for a nice, tight, concise little table that ran through the
resolutions one-by-one, but no such luck!  Perhaps you could
forumulate one and post it up!!

Best of luck. PLEASE let me know if you would like any clarification
or additional assistance.

Thanks for using Google Answers!!!


Request for Answer Clarification by blossom-ga on 15 May 2002 21:49 PDT
Hello Weisstho,

Thank you for your help. Perhaps the resource I am looking for doesn't
exist on the internet. However, after I posted the question I was able
to find something closer to what I wanted. I searched google for voting record
This returned
which led me to

The database appears to have everything I'm looking for (that is, all
the votes on proposed Security Council resolutions in the UN's
history), but the interface makes it extremely difficult to tabulate a
list. For one thing, the search is feeble and slow.

Can you find me something better?


Clarification of Answer by weisstho-ga on 16 May 2002 07:38 PDT
I'm hard at work!

Tell me, Blossom, do you have easy access to a university or other
major library?  If so, I will have a few non-net suggestions, though I
am still looking through the back reaches of the internet for you.

Still at it, (it's GOT to be there)


Request for Answer Clarification by blossom-ga on 16 May 2002 09:04 PDT
Hello Tom,

To answer your question, yes, I do have access to major libraries. 

Good luck on your continuing search! ;-)


Clarification of Answer by weisstho-ga on 16 May 2002 17:15 PDT
Blossom, I GIVE UP!!

However, these two sets have good information, though not what you're
looking for:

To find the results of voting in the General Assembly or Security
Council on a particular topic select a Keyword index and type words
describing the topic in the input area. A sessional designation may be
added to limit results to a particular session

University of California at Santa Barbara has a nice site:

Which when you select “Security Council (Documents)” shows
Security Council Resolution Votes from 1974 - 2000

The UN Documentation Center has a really nice index:

which when you select “Security Council – Resolutions, takes you to:

then you select a year, for example when you select “2000” you get the
following document which shows each resolution:


I believe that I have given this an honest shot. 

The good news is that, between the UCSB information and the
information from the State Department (see my main answer), I think
that you can piece together the summary of votes that you are looking
for. If this is an academic project, the other good news is that a
little bit of work will give you a standout paper!!

Best of luck, Blossom. 

blossom-ga rated this answer:2 out of 5 stars
I think the researcher spent a good deal of time researching the
question. However, the answer didn't really reveal anything more than
what I was able to find myself. Tom, I appreciate your effort, but I
feel that I should give an honest rating.

Subject: Re: Votes on proposed UN Security Council Resolutions
From: mvguy-ga on 10 May 2002 06:34 PDT
The State Department publishes reports on countries' votes of the
major U.N. resolutions.  You can find them through this Google search:
It's not the complete list you want, but I hope it helps.


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