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United Nations Rules of Procedure Repository Platform

The United Nations, through its principal organs and more than 50 subsidiary bodies, programmes and specialized agencies, convenes more than 10,000 meetings every year. Delegates preparing for multilateral conferences can only be equipped to actively partake in the different stages of these meetings when entering in possession of the Rules of Procedure of the meetings they attend.

Gathering the right documents in time is not always an easy task. As a matter of fact, no concise and comprehensive platform existed to ease the access to such information. It is to bridge this gap and in line with its mandate of “enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations in achieving the major objectives of the Organization” that UNITAR is making a Rules of Procedure Repository Platform available to all representatives and UN staff committed to participate effectively in United Nations lead meetings.

The below RoP Repository Platform summarizes the United Nations family in 5 chapters (GA, SC, ECOSOC, Secretariat and Funds, Programme and Specialized Agencies), according to the division appearing on the UN website 1 . Users will find most of the entries hyperlinked to the relevant Rules of Procedure web pages. Should any change or update be made, kindly write an email to diplomacy@unitar.org.

1. General Assembly

2. Security Council

3. Economic and Social Council

4. Secretariat

5. Funds, Programmes, Specialized Agencies and Others

1. General Assembly


Six Main committees

  • First Committee (Disarmament and International Security Committee)
  • Second Committee (Economic and Financial Committee)
  • Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee)
  • Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization Committee)
  • Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary Committee)
  • Sixth Committee (Legal Committee)

Other Committees


The subsidiary organs of the General Assembly are divided into categories: Boards, Commissions, Committees, Councils and Panels, Working Groups and others.

Subsidiary organs apply GA rule 161. http://www.un.org/en/ga/about/ropga/suborg.shtml

1.2.1  Boards

Executive Boards

1.2.2 Commissions

1.2.3 Committees

Ad hoc Committees

  • Ad Hoc Committee on the Administration of Justice at the United Nations
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Criminal Accountability of United Nations Officials and Experts on Mission
  • Ad Hoc Committee established by General Assembly resolution 51/210
  • Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the Announcement of Voluntary Contributions to the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the Announcement of Voluntary Contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
  • Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities
  • Ad Hoc Committee on the elaboration of a Convention against corruption
  • Ad Hoc Committee on the Indian Ocean
  • Ad Hoc Committee on the Scope of Legal Protection under the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel

Advisory Committees

Executive Committee

High-level Committee

Special Committees

  • Special Committee on Peace-keeping Operations
  • Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization
  • Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples
  • Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

1.2.4 Assemblies and councils



1.2.5  Working Groups and other


Working groups

  • Working Group on the Finance of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

2. Security Council

  • Counter-Terrorism and Non-Proliferation Committee
    • Committee established pursuant to resolution 1373 (2001) concerning Counter-Terrorism
    • Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004)
  • Military Staff Committee
  • Sanctions Committees
  • Standing Committees and Ad Hoc Bodies
    • Security Council Committee of Experts
    • Security Council Committee on Admission of New Members
    • Security Council Committee on Council meetings away from Headquarters
    • Governing Council of the United Nations Compensation Commission established by Security Council resolution 692 (1991)
    • Security Council Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations
    • Security Council Ad Hoc Working Group on Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa
    • Security Council Working Group established pursuant to resolution 1566 (2004)
    • Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict established pursuant to resolution 1612 (2005)
    • Security Council Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions
  • Peacekeeping Operations
    • Peacekeeping Missions
    • Political missions
  • International Tribunal
    • International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
    • International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
  • Advisory Subsidiary Body

3. Economic and Social Council


  • Statistics Commission
  • Commission on Population and Development
  • Commission for Social Development
  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • Commission on Narcotic Drugs
  • Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
  • Commission on Science and Technology for Development
  • United Nations Forum on Forests

4. Secretariat

  • Executive Office of the Secretary-General
  • Office of Internal Oversight Services
  • Office of Legal Affairs
  • Department of Political Affairs
  • Office for Disarmament Affairs
  • Department of Peacekeeping Operations
  • Office of Operations
  • Department of Field Support
  • Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Department for General Assembly and Conference Management
  • Department of Public Information
  • Department of Safety and Security
  • Department of Management
  • Internal Justice Bodies
  • Other Offices
  • Special Advisers, Representatives and Envoys



  • United Nations Office at Nairobi


  • United Nations Office at Vienna
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok)
  • Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (Beirut)
  • Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa)
  • Economic Commission for Europe (Geneva)
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Santiago)

5. Funds, Programmes, Specialized Agencies and Others

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 

Executive Board  http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/corporate/Executive%20Board/Rules_of_Procedure_E.pdf

  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 

Executive Board  http://www.unicef.org/about/execboard/index_48196.html

  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 

Executive Committee  http://www.unhcr.org/4201eb512.html

  • United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Executive Board  http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/govman/wfp244037.pdf

  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 

Rules of Procedure for the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption  http://www.unodc.org/pdf/crime/convention_corruption/cosp/07-80230_Ebooke.pdf

  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Executive Board  http://web.undp.org/execbrd/pdf/Rules_of_Procedure_E.pdf

Governing Council  http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?Documentid=77&Articleid=1142&L=En

Executive Board of UN Women  http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=UNW/2011/6

  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

Governing Council  http://mirror.unhabitat.org/content.asp?cid=8189&catid=744&typeid=24&subMenuId=0