United Nations Opens Official Document System (ODS) to General Public as of 31 December 2004

The United Nations has announced the availability of ODS to the public in the following press release:

The new public ODS system can be accessed at

The new site has a redesigned home page where users will not be required to log in.

Comprehensive coverage starts in 1993. Older United Nations documents are added to the system on a daily basis. Selective coverage of General Assembly and Security Council documentation currently reaches back to 1985. The ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards. Currently, the ODS contains close to 800,000 files and approximately 100,000 new documents are added each year. Users may take advantage of the ODS benefits such as: quick access to valuable United Nations official documents, easy-to-use search functionality, easy-to-print PDF documents and user-friendly design. An ODS Training Guide is posted at: http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/resguide/train.htm.

Source: Press Release PI/1631/Rev.1*, dated 23 December 2004