Roll Call Votes in the United Nations: Resources and

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A RESEARCH GUIDE IN THE PRINCETON
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
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PREPARED BY SUSAN WHITE
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51 Countries
 2011 – 192 Countries
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Decided by Simple Majority
◦ One Country – One Vote
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Sources of Conflict:
◦ Not by Contribution
◦ Not by Population
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United States – 22.0%
Japan 16.6%
Germany 8.6%
United Kingdom 6.6%
France 6.3%
Italy 5.1%
Canada 3%
Spain 3%
China 2.7%
Mexico 2.3%
All other Countries together –25%
From UN Web
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China 1,342 million 19.5%
India 1,193,880,000 17.3%
U S 312,038,000 4.52%
Indonesia 237,556,363 3.44%
Brazil 190,732,694 2.76%
Pakistan 171,799,000 2.49%
Nigeria 158,259,000 2.29%
Bangladesh 150,024,000
2.17%
9 Russia 141,927,297 2.06%
10 Japan 127,370,000 1.85%
11 Mexico 112,322,757 1.63%
12 Philippines 94,013,200
1.36%
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Vietnam 86,930,000 1.26%
Germany 81,802,000 1.19%
Egypt 79,771,000 1.16%
Ethiopia 79,455,634 1.15%
Iran 75,078,000 1.09%
Turkey 73,722,988 1.07%
Dem. Rep. of Congo 0.98%
Thailand 67,070,000 0.97%
France3 65,821,885 0.95%
U K 61,792,000 0.9%
Italy 60,545,940 0.88%
Myanmar 50,496,000 0.73%
Percentage is of World Population
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Disarmament, International Security 25 %
Middle East 20 %
Southern Africa – Apartheid, Namibia 17 %
De-Colonization 13 %
Social Matters 10 %
UN Budget 10 %
Political Issues 8 %
Economic Questions 6 %
International Law – Codification 5 %
◦ From: Marin-Bosch, Votes in the UN General Assembly,
Boston: Kluwer, 1998 p. 128
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When approved
Draft Resolution A/64/L.36
becomes
G A Resolution 64/184,
A/RES/64/184
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Approved Without a Vote – More than
Half
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Recorded Votes – Quarter are
Unanimous
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Five Permanent – Have Veto Power
China, France, Russia, the United
Kingdom, and the United States
Ten More Rotate - Two Year Terms
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1945 to Present
Votes Always Recorded
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Voting Charts in Back of Annual Volumes
◦ Country by Resolution Number
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General Assembly 1957 – 2009
Security Council: 1964 - 2009
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Annual 1945 – current
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2005 is most recent in 2011
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Princeton holds (UN) JX1977.A37 Y4
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UN provides searchable pdf of all years
<http://unyearbook.un.org/>:
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Search by keywords
◦ Resolution
◦ Nuclear
◦ Disarmament
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Find 2005 Resolutions
Drill down to find one with recorded votes
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Annual
1983 to date
Lists votes on Key issues for the U.S.
Princeton holds (UN) JX1977.8.V6R46
State Dept. provides pdf of recent years
<http://www.state.gov/p/io/rls/rpt/>
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ICPSR: United Nations Roll Call Data, 19461985 23 datasets.
<http://dx.doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05512>
Dataverse: Eric Voeten at Georgetown : UN
Roll Call Data, 1946-2008
[url on web page]
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Online Index created by the UN Library
Open Internet at http://unbisnet.un.org/>
All passed resolutions – 1946 to current
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General Assembly
Security Council
Identifies Voting Method
Votes for Each Resolution
Full Text of Resolutions
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Resolution 64/184
becomes
A/RES/64/184
Search as
A RES 64 184
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Note – “Adopted Without a Vote”
Click on Full Text Link
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Nuclear Disarmament
As a phrase
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Choose No. 3
Title: Nuclear disarmament : resolution / adopted by
the General Assembly UN Resolution
Symbol: A/RES/64/53
Voting Date: 20091202 Vote Notes: RECORDED
Voting Summary: Yes: 111, No: 45, Abstentions: 19,
Non-Voting: 17, Total voting membership: 192
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Click on EITHER
Title
Or
Document Symbol
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Click on English
In Detailed Voting Record
Or
In Previous Bibliographic Record
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Can email votes
in delimited format
for future analysis
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Search Keyword Criminal
Sort Vote Date - Ascending
Results: Note– Oldest Votes Totals Only
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Full Text in PDF Linked
Click on ENGLISH
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Tools for Studying Voting on UN Site
Constantly Evolving <www.un.org>
Others Being Developed
Georgetown Data Site is recent
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Under YOUR UNITED NATIONS, Choose
Member States
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Note Two Items:
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Honour Roll: Contribution Received in Full for
2010
Arrears in the Payment of Contribution
Choose Second, ARREARS, learn being in
Arrears affects ability to VOTE.
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If I can be Helpful with Voting or Other
Research on the United Nations
Susan White
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