United Nations logo

     United Nations  Editorial Manual



Note: The Editorial Manual is now searchable. If the search gadget does not appear at the bottom of this page, click on the Information Bar above, then click Allow Blocked Content.

The United Nations Editorial Manual Online is intended to serve as an authoritative statement of the style to be followed in drafting, editing and reproducing United Nations documents, publications and other written material. Although based mainly on the practices and policies that have evolved at Headquarters, the present manual is meant to provide editorial guidance for all parts of the Secretariat. The directives set forth in the manual supersede all earlier guidelines on the subjects dealt with herein. For topics not yet addressed in the present manual, the United Nations Editorial Manual (Sales No. E.83.I.16) remains the primary authority for United Nations editorial policy.

Click on the link for the topic that interests you.  

Click here for a list of updated items.

Editorial guidelines

  Instructions for the preparation
  of documents
  Country names and currencies

  Footnotes and other references

  Policy questions
  Proofreading marks
     Abbreviations and acronyms  
      Capitalization in English  

     Indirect or reported speech

     Italics and bold print
     Numbers, dates and time  
  Basic documents
     Corrigenda and reissues

     Documents relating to agendas      
     of principal organs

     Documents relating to programme
     budget implications
     Notes by the Secretary-General

     Reports of intergovernmental
     and expert bodies

     Resolutions and other formal decisions of 
     United Nations organs
     Headings and subheadings
     Mastheads and cover pages
     Paragraphs and subparagraphs

Sources of information


Support and training for authors

   Online report-writing course  
   Other courses available to staff   
   Contact the Editing Section 









United Nations Editorial Manual Online © 2004-2016 (New York). Prepared and maintained for the United Nations under the authority of the Chief of the Editorial, Terminology and Reference Service, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management. Mention of the names of firms and commercial products does not imply the endorsement of the United Nations. For technical or editorial enquiries, please contact the Webmaster at enriquezf@un.org.