The Resolutions and Decisions of the Security Council are published on a yearly basis. The present volume contains the resolutions adopted and the decisions taken by the Council during the year 1946 on substantive questions, as well as decisions on some of the more important procedural matters. The resolutions and decisions are set out under general headings indicating the questions under consideration, which have themselves been divided into two parts. In each part the questions are arranged according to the date on which they were first taken up by the Council in the year under review, and under each question the resolutions and decisions appear in chronological order.
The resolutions are numbered in the order of their adoption. The document symbol which appears in square brackets under the title of the resolution is the symbol that was used to identify the text before the adoption, in 1964, of the system of numbering used in the present volume, which has been applied retroactively to the resolutions adopted earlier by the Council. Each resolution is followed by the result of the vote. Decisions are usually taken without vote, but in cases where a vote has been recorded, it is given immediately following the decision.
The Council’s practice is to adopt at each meeting, on the basis of a provisional agenda circulated in advance, the agenda for that particular meeting. A chronological list of items showing the first meeting at which the Council decided to include each matter in its agenda will be found in the present volume. At subsequent meetings an item may appear in its original form or with the addition of such sub-items as the Council may decide to include. An item once included in the agenda thereafter remains on the list of matters of which the Council is seized, until the Council agrees to its removal. The agenda as adopted for each meeting in 1946 will be found in the Official Records of the Security Council, First Year, First Series, Nos. 1 and 2; and ibid., First Year, Second Series, Nos. 1-29.
Symbols of United Nations documents are composed of capital letters combined with figures. Mention of such a symbol indicates a reference to a United Nations document.
Check lists of Security Council documents (symbol S/ ... ) will be found : for the years 1946 to 1949, inclusive, in Check List of United Nations Documents, part 2, No. 1 (United Nations publication, Sales No.: 53.1.3); for 1950 and subsequent years, in the Supplements to the Official Records of the Security Council.