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Italics and bold print

Italics

Italics are used for the following:

  • Foreign words that do not appear in the twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary
  • The titles of laws and decrees in a foreign language
  • The titles of court cases
  • The titles of books, United Nations publications, CD-ROMs, periodicals, newspapers, films, plays, radio and television programmes and works of art
  • The names of ships
  • Latin names of animal and plant species (for further information, see The Chicago Manual of Style)
  • Variables in mathematical expressions (for further information, see The Chicago Manual of Style)

Italics are not used for the following:

  • Emphasis
  • Non-English names of organizations, institutions and corporations

For rules on the use of italics in resolutions, see Basic documents/Resolutions and other formal decisions of United Nations organs/Drafting and editing.

Bold print

In running text, bold print is used only for conclusions and recommendations in documents submitted to legislative bodies for consideration and action (see General Assembly resolution 52/214, sect. B, para. 25).  

 
     
   
 

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