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29 June 2017 Style/Abbreviations The entry for OPCW was updated to read "Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons"
28 June 2017 Country names and currencies The third paragraph was updated to read "Except in communications from Member States, country names should not be used in the possessive form: the population of the Sudan, not the Sudan's population"
21 June 2017 Format/Maps The web page was expanded to include figures (charts, graphs and photographs)
14 June 2017 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

re-enrol
takfirism, takfirist

9 June 2017 Style/Spelling The entry "pro tempore" was added to the spelling list
22 May 2017 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

crypto: compound forms are closed
tranquillizer

22 May 2017 Style/Numbers, dates and time Under Roman numerals, the sentence "Where there are more than 20 figures, they should normally be numbered with arabic numerals." was added
22 May 2017 Style/Italics and bold print Examples were added for titles of court cases
22 May 2017 Instructions for the preparation of documents The sections entitled "Format" and "Revised texts" were updated
22 May 2017 Country names and currencies An instruction reading "Country names should not be used in the possessive form" was added
22 May 2017 Style/Spelling The entry "e-mail" was changed to "email" (no hyphen)
22 May 2017 Style/Abbreviations The African Union and the European Union were added to the list of entities for which acronyms should not be used
22 May 2017 Footnotes and other references/Footnote indicators "Annexes and appendices" was moved from section D, Footnotes indicated by lower-case letters, to section C, Numbered footnotes
2 May 2017 Style/Spelling The entry "sulfur" (an exception to the twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary) was added to the spelling list
28 April 2017 Format/Mastheads and cover pages In the section "Language", a sentence reading "If the annex is being circulated in the language of submission only, however, it is not necessary to indicate the language notation at the top of the annex." was added at the end of the third paragraph
28 April 2017 Footnotes and other references/Footnote indicators In section E, under the example showing when an annex is not translated, a note reading "The footnote is not reproduced in the annex, nor is it necessary to indicate the language notation at the top of the annex." was included
27 April 2017 Style/Abbreviations MINUJUSTH was added to the list of abbreviations
27 April 2017 Style/Spelling The entry "charge-back" was added to the spelling list
21 April 2017 Style/Numbers, dates and time

In the section "Ambiguous terms", the subsection "Biannual, biennial and the like" was updated to clarify the following terms:

bimonthly, biweekly, semi-monthly, semi-weekly

21 April 2017 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

bimonthly (every two months)
biweekly (every two weeks)
semi-monthly (twice a month)
semi-weekly (twice a week)

18 April 2017 Style/Spelling The entry for "first-hand" was updated to read "first-hand (adj. and adv.)"
28 March 2017 Home page A link to the Editorial Manual (1983) was inserted
23 March 2017 Style/Capitalization An example was added under "State"
28 February 2017 Style/Numbers, dates and time The subsection "Roman numerals" was updated
27 February 2017 Style/Spelling The entry "Koran" was replaced with "Qur'an"
13 February 2017 Style/Spelling The entry "sea level" was updated to read "sea level (not hyphenated)"
13 February 2017 Style/Numbers, dates and time In the subsection "Numbers expressed in figures", a new note was added under "Sums of money"
13 February 2017 Home page A new section "About United Nations editors" was added
3 February 2017 Format/Tables In the subsection entitled "Table number", the text above example 2 was updated
31 January 2017 Format/Tables The subsection entitled "Totals and subtotals" was updated
30 January 2017 Style/Spelling The entry "multilevel" was added to the spelling list
11 January 2017 Basic documents/Communications The web page was updated
11 January 2017 Basic documents/Corrigenda and reissues The section entitled "Corrigendum to withdraw a document" was updated
11 January 2017 Format/Headings and subheadings The web page was updated
20 December 2016 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

Afrodescendant (noun)
Afrodescendent (adj.)

7 December 2016 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

ill
ill-treatment
land-grabbing

6 December 2016 Style/Abbreviations The entry for "Frente Polisario" was updated
6 December 2016 Style/Capitalization Examples were added under "Government"
14 November 2016 Basic documents/Documents relating to programme budget implications The web page was updated
10 November 2016 Basic documents/Notes by the Secretary-General The web page was updated
3 November 2016 Footnotes and other references/United Nations sources Under section H, "Advisory opinions, judgments and orders of the International Court of Justice", the example under the heading "Judgments and orders" was updated
28 October 2016 Style/Capitalization The entry for "Registrar" was updated
11 October 2016 Footnotes and other references/United Nations sources Section G, "Instruments in the Treaty Series", was updated
20 September 2016 Style/Spelling The entry "breastfeed" was added to the spelling list
15 September 2016 Style/Spelling The plural form of "mujahid" was changed to "mujahidin"
25 August 2016 Style/Spelling The entry for "pretrial" was updated
16 August 2016 Style/Spelling The entry "milieux" was added to the spelling list
29 July 2016 Footnotes and other references/Footnote indicators Under section E, "Footnotes indicated by asterisks and other symbols", the section entitled "When to use asterisks and other symbols" was updated
29 July 2016 Format/Mastheads and cover pages The section entitled "Agenda" under "Corner notation" was updated
7 July 2016 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

biocoenosis
sub-body

2 June 2016 Style/Spelling The entry "eLUNa" was added to the spelling list
23 May 2016 Style/Spelling The entry "urban-dweller" was changed to "urban dweller"
5 May 2016 Style/Spelling The entry "dunum" was added to the spelling list
18 April 2016 Style/Spelling "Ibero-American" was added to the spelling list
30 March 2016 Instructions for the preparation of documents The sections entitled "Length of reports" and "Format" were updated
30 March 2016 Style/Abbreviations

The following entries were updated:
MERCOSUR
UNOWA

UNOWAS was added to the list of abbreviations

30 March 2016 Style/Capitalization

The entry for "Contracting Party, High Contracting Party, non-Contracting Party" was updated

The entry "Judgement" was deleted and the entry for "Judgment" was updated

30 March 2016 Style/Spelling

The entry "fetal" was added to the spelling list

The entries "judgement" and "judgemental" were changed to "judgment" and "judgmental", respectively

3 March 2016 Format/Mastheads and cover pages A new subsection "Dates" was added under "Corner notation"
3 March 2016 Style/Numbers, dates and time The section entitled "Ranges of numbers" was updated
8 February 2016 Style/Capitalization The entry for "Sustainable Development Goals" was updated
8 February 2016 Style/Capitalization An example was added under "observer"
4 February 2016 Style/Capitalization The entry "bulletin" was added
21 December 2015 Style/Spelling The entry "sub-working group" was added to the spelling list
14 December 2015 Style/Capitalization The following entries were added:

Co-Chair (noun)
co-chair (verb)
23 November 2015 Style/Spelling The entry for "foetus" was changed to "fetus"
17 November 2015 Style/Abbreviations UNSOS was added to the list of abbreviations; the entry for UNSOA was updated
26 October 2015 Format/Mastheads and cover pages Instructions under "Corner notation" and models pertaining to the Economic and Social Council were updated
26 October 2015 Basic documents/
Documents relating to agendas
of principal organs
The section "Economic and Social Council" was updated to further reflect changes in the Council's programme of work
21 October 2015 Style/Capitalization An example was added under "permanent"
9 October 2015 Style/Capitalization The entry for "Member" was updated; an exception was added under "agenda"
6 October 2015 Style/Spelling The entry "sub-bottom" was added to the spelling list
29 September 2015 Style/Capitalization The entry "Sustainable Development Goals" was added
21 September 2015 Style/Spelling The entry for "dropout" was updated
12 August 2015 Style/Italics and bold print "Works of art" was added to the list of instances where italics are used
3 August 2015 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

bitcoin
darknet

22 June 2015 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

sub-prefect
sub-prefecture

8 June 2015 Style/Spelling The entry for "Director General" was updated
22 April 2015 Style/Capitalization CELAC was added to the list of abbreviations
23 March 2015 Basic documents/
Corrigenda and reissues
The section entitled "Reissue for technical reasons" was updated
20 March 2015 Style/Abbreviations The officially recognized acronym for the West African Economic and Monetary Union was changed from UEMOA to WAEMU
18 March 2015 Style/Spelling The entry for "voice-over" was updated
6 March 2015 Style/Spelling The entry "air strike" was added to the spelling list
17 November 2014 Style/Abbreviations MENUB was added to the list of abbreviations
17 November 2014 Style/Capitalization The entry for "armed forces" was updated
11 November 2014 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

intercommunal
intracommunal

11 November 2014 Style/Abbreviations UNOWA was added to the list of abbreviations
30 September 2014 Style/Abbreviations UNMEER was added to the list of abbreviations
29 August 2014 Style/Abbreviations UNOCA was added to the list of abbreviations
21 July 2014 Footnotes/General instructions on footnotes and text notes Under section E, "Points of style", the section entitled "Abbreviations" was updated to include references to paragraph numbers
21 July 2014 Style/Abbreviations ICT was added to the list of abbreviations
21 July 2014 Style/Capitalization An exception was added under "permanent"
21 July 2014 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

enterprise resource planning (not hyphenated)
human resources (not hyphenated)

17 July 2014 Basic documents/
Corrigenda and reissues
The page was updated to reflect a change in the procedure for correcting a document symbol
15 July 2014 Style/Spelling The entry "auditor general" was added to the spelling list
2 July 2014 Style/Abbreviations IPSAS was added to the list of abbreviations
26 June 2014 Style/Abbreviations OPCW was added to the list of abbreviations
18 June 2014 Documents relating to agendas
of principal organs
The section "Economic and Social Council" was updated to reflect a change in the Council's programme of work
30 May 2014 Documents relating to agendas
of principal organs
A new subsection "Draft agenda" was added under "General Assembly"
16 May 2014 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

private sector (not hyphenated)
public sector (not hyphenated)
rule of law (not hyphenated)

1 May 2014 Style/Numbers, dates and time The section entitled "Roman numerals" was updated
15 April 2014 Style/Capitalization The entry for "Peninsula" was updated
15 April 2014 Style/Spelling The entry "Haram al-Sharif" was added to the spelling list
10 April 2014 Style/Abbreviations MINUSCA was added to the list of abbreviations
9 January 2014 Style/Spelling The entry "cross-cutting" was added to the spelling list
2 December 2013 Style/Spelling The entry "State-building" was added to the spelling list
29 November 2013 Basic documents/Reports of intergovernmental and expert bodies The instructions concerning "Addendum to a supplement" were updated and moved to the new section "Addenda"
29 November 2013 Basic documents A new section "Addenda" was added
15 November 2013 Style/Abbreviations The entry for AFISMA was updated
11 November 2013 Style/Spelling The entry "insourcing" was added to the spelling list
1 October 2013 Resolutions and other formal decisions of United Nations organs/
System of identification
Section F, "Forms of issuance", was updated to reflect a change in practice with regard to Economic and Social Council resolutions
21 August 2013 Basic documents/
Communications
The new section "Communications" was added under "Basic documents"
19 August 2013 Style/Abbreviation The entry for GIS was modified
19 August 2013 Style/Capitalization The entry "Mesoamerica, Mesoamerican" was added
19 August 2013 Style/Spelling The spelling list was updated
8 July 2013 Basic documents/
Corrigenda and reissues
The section "Reissue for technical reasons" was updated
27 June 2013

Resolutions and other formal decisions of United Nations organs/
Drafting and editing

Section K, "Wording of resolutions", was updated to align the expression of numbers in resolutions with standard practice

3 June 2013 Style/Abbreviations The entry for UNPOS was updated
24 May 2013 Style/Abbreviations UNSOM was added to the list of abbreviations
21 May 2013 Style/Capitalization The entry for "Secretariat" was updated
16 May 2013 Style/Capitalization

The entry "consolidated appeal process" was added; the entry for "Millennium Development Goals" was updated

10 May 2013 Style/Abbreviations MINUSMA was added to the list of abbreviations
22 March 2013 Style/Capitalization The entry "Customs" was changed to "customs" to conform to the Oxford English Dictionary
22 March 2013 Style/Spelling The spelling list was updated
7 March 2013 Style/Capitalization

The entries for "Government" and "Territory" were modified; the entry "high-level [plenary] meeting of the General Assembly on..." was added

1 March 2013 Style/Numbers, dates and time An instruction was added under the heading "Ranges of numbers"
28 February 2013 Style/Abbreviations AFISMA was added to the list of abbreviations
2 May 2012 Style/Abbreviations UNSMIS was added to the list of abbreviations
18 April 2012 Style/Abbreviations UNODC was added to the list of abbreviations
13 April 2012 Style/Spelling The spelling list was updated
6 October 2011 Style/Spelling The twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary replaced the eleventh edition as the authority for spelling in the United Nations
28 September 2011 Style/Abbreviations UNSMIL was added to the list of abbreviations
2 August 2011 Documents relating to agendas
of principal organs
New models were added
26 July 2011 Style/Abbreviations Two new entries were inserted (UNISFA and UNMISS)
20 July 2011 Style/Abbreviations An entry was added for UN-Women, and it was noted that UNIFEM and INSTRAW have been transferred to UN-Women
13 July 2011 Style/Abbreviations The entry for OIC was changed to "Organization of Islamic Cooperation"
23 May 2011

Footnotes and other references/United Nations sources

The instructions for citing advisory opinions, judgments and orders of the International Court of Justice were amended
15 December 2010

Basic documents/
Corrigenda and reissues

New instructions were given for a corrigendum to change a symbol or withdraw a document
15 December 2010 Style/Capitalization The entry for "The Hague" was expanded
11 October 2010 Style/Abbreviations

NGO and UNWTO were added to the list of abbreviations

The note discouraging the use of acronyms for World Tourism Organization and World Trade Organization was deleted

30 September 2010 Style/Abbreviations The entry for ITC was changed from International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO to International Trade Centre
1 September 2010 Format/Mastheads and cover pages A new model was added under the heading "General Assembly: Document issued under many sub-items"
27 July 2010 Style/Abbreviations Adjustments were made to the entries for BINUCA, BONUCA, UNIOGBIS and UNOGBIS. An entry was added for MONUSCO
23 June 2010 Style/Spelling The entry "Washington, D.C." was added to the spelling list to confirm the punctuation of D.C.
20 April 2010 Style/Abbreviations A new section, "Parts of a book or document", was added under "General guidelines"
20 April 2010 Footnotes/General instructions on footnotes and text notes Under section E, "Points of style", the section entitled "Abbreviations" was expanded
16 March 2010 Basic documents/
Corrigenda
The section "Reissue for technical reasons" was added to the page and the page was renamed "Corrigenda and reissues"
24 February 2010 Useful links The section entitled "Useful links" was merged into "Sources of Information: online"
5 February 2010 Style/Capitalization The entry "chair, chairperson" was replaced by a new entry "Chair"
3 February 2010 Style/Spelling The entry "sub-group" was changed to "subgroup" to conform to the Oxford English Dictionary
21 January 2010 Footnotes and other references The new section "Footnotes and other references" was added to the website
1 September 2009 Style/Capitalization

The following entries were added:

Aid for Trade Initiative but aid for trade in general usage

universal periodic review but Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review

19 August 2009 Style/Italics and bold print

The following bullet point was added to the list of instances where italics are used:

  • Latin names of animal and plant species (for further information, see The Chicago Manual of Style)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
 


 
 

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