Portal talk:United Nations Security Council Resolutions

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Portal United Nations Security Council Resolutions
Classification KZ
Class K: Law
Subclass Z: Law of nations
Classifier AdamBMorgan


I think this page can be better organised. But I need some comments about doing this.

It is always a good idea to make a suggestion of a new organisational model on the talk page before making radical reorganisations on a page like this, so that a general consensus can be reached. How would you like the page to be organised? By subject? By country? Should UN Security Council Resoultion 1551 be listet under Bosnia or Herzegovina or both? If you can think of a good way to organise this list, please come forward with a suggestion:) Christian S 17:56, 1 Sep 2004 (UTC)

An even more welcome contribution would be if someone uploaded all the missing resolutions. As far as the organizing goes, I agree with Christian that we are willing to listen to your suggestions. Eclecticology 21:03, 1 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Should resolutions summaries be for notable resolutions or all resolutions? PoptartKing 20:43, 1 May 2005 (UTC)

I can't see any harm in briefly summarising every one. It makes clear what is notable and what is not, and helps people find stuff. Ambi 12:13, 4 August 2005 (UTC)

Here's a bunch of original documents of the resolutions... may be a nice task for somebody one day :o) http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/resolutions/ 11:57, 2 October 2005 (UTC)

As I plan to add UN Security Council Resolutions in English, French, and Chinese, I also plan to categorize them based on years, such as Category:UN Security Council Resolutions in 1946, in 1947, in 1948, and so on.--Jusjih 05:40, 28 October 2005 (UTC)

UN Copyvios[edit]

All of these are copyright violations. The UN holds copyright on the text of the resolutions and thus they cannot legally be reproduced at Wikisource. David Newton 23:33, 11 November 2005 (UTC)

What nation grants the UN their copyright? --Pmsyyz 11:40, 8 January 2006 (UTC)


The American laws, including the Copyright Law, applies to the UN Headquarters. Based on my finding, no resolutions themselves have copyright notices or registrations. See this three-tier categorization:

  1. 1946 to 1977: Public domain for having no copyright notice.
  2. 1978 to 1 March 1989: Published without notice, and without subsequent registration found, so presumably in the public domain.
  3. After 1 March 1989: Copyrighted for 95 years since publication with just a non-commercial license, so they have to go.

See also Wikisource:Possible_copyright_violations#UN_Security_Council_Resolution_1154 and Wikisource:Scriptorium#Copyright_debate_at_mailing_list. The UN copyright allows non-commercial use only, incompactible with GFDL. A new tag for earlier UN works will be developed.--Jusjih 07:52, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

I have developed a new tag Template:PD-UN and translated it into Chinese and French for use at these subdomains. See also Wikisource:Possible_copyright_violations/Archives/2006/04#UN_Security_Council_Resolution_1154 for past discussion of this issue.--Jusjih 16:19, 15 April 2006 (UTC)

To discourage inexperienced users from adding newer copyrighted UN works, their links have been removed. If you find a UN resolution published after 1 March 1989 from a US Government website, please indicate the source for easier verification.
Correction, WS:COPYVIO has found the UN resolutions in the public domain.--Jusjih 18:14, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Wikisource namespace?[edit]

Why is this in the Wikisource namespace? --Pmsyyz 02:48, 9 January 2006 (UTC)

Because there are still too many editorial comments that are not to be included in an article. I will eventually move them to Wikipedia and move this page to an article.--Jusjih 07:46, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

[1] suggests that UN Security Council Resolutions do not carry individual titles. Once the editorial comments are merged to related pages of United Nations Security Council Resolution, this page can be moved to an article.--Jusjih 00:33, 22 September 2006 (UTC)


I think the summaries on the side should just be those found on the Security Council’s website - Schrandit 18:56, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Previous and Next[edit]

I would think that it would be worthwhile modifying the general use of {{header}} for UN Resolutions.

| previous = [[../|United Nations Security Council Resolutions]]<br />[[../United Nations Security Council Resolution xx|Resolution xx]]
| next = [[../United Nations Security Council Resolution xz|Resolution xz]]

-- billinghurst (talk) 10:47, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

I have been doing something similar for the newer resolutions. See United Nations Security Council Resolution 1800 and most of the ones later than it for example. Any good!? Suicidalhamster (talk) 11:07, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
Like yeah! I even learnt about the {{indexes}} which means it wasn't wasted. :-) I will go back and mod the page that I found while patrolling and a bit of a patch upon. -- billinghurst (talk) 11:28, 7 January 2009 (UTC)


In our efforts over on Category:United States executive orders, we've noticed most if not all Orders issued in response or in conjunction with Security Council Resolutions aren't being utilized here on WS first but rather linked over to some extraneous article on Wikipedia at best instead.

Not wanting to incorporate another project stream personally, I was just wondering if its possible to list the ones cited over there so somebody could eventually create them properly here? TIA. George Orwell III (talk) 20:23, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

Shortcut for making new UN Resolutions[edit]

Since the UN Resolutions are in PDF form, I've found that an easier way to turn long Resolutions into Wikisource articles is by:

  1. Copying the URL of the PDF into an online PDF to HTML converter
  2. Viewing the source of the webpage and copying the HTML code of the Resolution
  3. Using an HTML to Mediawiki converter to turn it into usable Wiki markup
  4. Editing the Wiki markup in a text editor to remove irrelevant codes and do necessary formatting
  5. Creating the finished page for the Resolution

It's tedious, but it makes adding a four-page, eight-page, or ten-page Resolution much faster and foolproof if you don't mind playing with HTML or Wiki syntax. I've already used this method to add several long Resolutions.

A PDF to HTML converter can be found here—[2] (Copy and paste the URL after clicking Choose File)—and HTML to MediaWiki converters can be found here—[3][4]—but there are other ones available.

For some odd reason, the ones at the main UN Website cannot be easily converted so I have circumvented this by using the ones at the UNHCR website. --Apollo1758 (talk) 16:32, 5 August 2011 (UTC)