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Paragraphs and subparagraphs
In United Nations documents, to ensure that references and cross-references are identical in all language versions, the paragraphs are normally numbered consecutively, with arabic numerals. The paragraphs are not numbered in summaries or other front matter, or in letters or statements received from Member States and circulated as documents.
In a document made up of replies from Member States or organizations to a request by the Secretary-General for information or comments, the paragraphs need not be numbered. The replies are arranged in the alphabetical order of the names of the States or organizations in each of the language versions.
In United Nations publications, the paragraphs should be numbered only if the numbers would serve a useful purpose.
Subparagraphs should be identified in the following way:
First degree: (a) , (b), (c) etc.
(French and Spanish: a), b), c) etc.)
Second degree: ( i) , (ii), (iii) etc.
(French and Spanish: i), ii), iii) etc.)
Third degree: a. , b., c. etc.
Fourth degree: i. , ii., iii. etc.
The correct form is shown in the following example:
Punctuation with bullets
When items introduced by bullets are short (equivalent to a list), no punctuation should follow the items.
In more complex constructions, especially if the items consist of whole sentences, a full stop may be used after each item.
Semicolons should not be used.
Identification of alternative versions of a paragraph
When draft texts are being actively negotiated (e.g. draft conventions and programmes of action being negotiated at a conference), alternative versions of a paragraph may be proposed. All versions of the paragraph should be placed in square brackets [...]. The initial version is normally numbered with an arabic numeral and is followed by the alternative versions proposed, which are identified sequentially as follows:
These terms and the square brackets are removed once agreement has been reached on the text. The agreed paragraphs are then numbered consecutively in the normal way.
Inserted paragraph. The same sequence may be used, without square brackets, to insert additional paragraphs in texts such as the rules of procedure of a conference or the terms of reference of an intergovernmental organization.
The correct form is shown in the following examples:
Rule 44 bis
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