About the Database

The UN Security Council is an important and powerful organ of the United Nations. Under the UN Charter, it carries the primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. Its decisions carry great weight in this regard. And yet for those with an interest in taking a closer look at the Council's decisions, finding what one is looking for is not necessarily an easy task. All of the UN Security Council's resolutions are freely available on the United Nation's website in PDF form, but they are simply uploaded in chronological order. It is possible to conduct keyword searches through the UN's Official Document System, but the functionality is rather limited. One useful alternative in this regard is UNSCR, a private search engine for the content of resolutions. But we believe that much more can be done to assist UN Security Council watchers and practitioners.

What this site offers is not a general search engine. It offers a tool that allows the user to search and filter UN resolutions based on key pre-identified characteristics about the decisions contained therein. The content of each resolution has been categorized according to these characteristics, and includes general information about the resolution (such as date, geographical location, the invocation of Chapter VII of the UN Charter), as well as a set of details about each of the following: sanctions, peace operations, non-UN operations/enforcement actions, criminal tribunals, other subsidiary organs, thematic resolutions, membership, and appointments. When a search is conducted, a list of resolutions that match the search conditions entered will be displayed, and from there, users can view the list of characteristics for each resolution, and/or follow the link to the actual resolution text on the UN website.

The database is designed to help users to find what they are looking for with a few simple clicks of a mouse. Users may be trying to find a specific resolution, or all the resolutions about a particular place, in a particular year, or in a particular decade, or about a particular topic or action. They may be trying to find out, for example, in which instances a particular type of sanctions were applied, or in which instances a particular type of mandate was established for a peace operation, in a country, in a continent, or worldwide. Those with an interest in criminal tribunals, other subsidiary bodies, thematic resolutions, or membership can also easily find the relevant resolutions.

We believe this tool will be useful in making quick and easy one-off searches to find a relevant resolution or two, but also in exploring and identifying long-term patterns in Security Council behaviour. In this sense, we hope that it will serve practitioners (including diplomats representing countries both on and off the UN Security Council), as well as researchers and students who are trying to better understand the Council and its actions.

The database went online in March 2016, containing data for all UN Security Council resolutions from 2000 to 2015. We intend to continue to expand it, adding new resolutions as they are adopted, and adding as much data as possible for resolutions adopted prior to the year 2000, starting with 1999 and moving backwards.

The database was developed and is maintained by a team of researchers at Osaka University, Japan. It is not in any way affiliated with (or endorsed) by the United Nations. It is currently maintained at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University

Please direct any inquiries, and report errors, to info@unscdatabase.com

Database directors/developers:
Virgil Hawkins, Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University
Kazuto Tsuruga, Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL), Osaka University
Lead assistant developers (OSIPP, Osaka University):
Elisabet Vergara Velasco
Alison Urquizo Olazabal
Assistant developers/testers (past and present) (OSIPP, Osaka University):
Arthur Abraham, Yahya Almasri, Herculano Amaral, Dennis Boor, Geoffrey Bowman, Wenrui Chen, Marina da Silva, Makarius Dos Reis, Guarav Dutta, Azusa Iwane, Jordan Kanchev, Baraah Khartash, Katalin Kovacs, Yu Shi, Akari Tani, Justin Wolfe, Ng Yoke Yan,
Programming/website development:
Funding (for development and programming):
The African Conflict Resolution Program, under the Zuno-Junkan Scheme funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)