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24 November 2020 Style/Spelling The entry "small-satellite (adj.)" was added to the spelling list
2 November 2020 Style/Spelling The entry "syllabuses" was added to the spelling list
29 October 2020 Style/Abbreviations WCO was added to the list of abbreviations
28 October 2020 Style/Capitalization The entry on "Member" was updated to read: a State not a member of the United Nations, a non-member State, a member of a United Nations organ, e.g., member or members of the Security Council, member or members of the Economic and Social Council, etc.
26 October 2020 Footnotes The practice of using sales numbers as references for United Nations publications has been discontinued. The guidance in the Editorial Manual has been updated accordingly.
19 October 2020 Style/Capitalization The guidance on transliteration of proper names in Arabic was updated as follows:

The definite article al is capitalized when it is the first element in a name and lower-case when it is in the middle; for example, Al-Jazeera, Al-Qaida, Mohammed al-Ansari. The same practice applies to el, where used.

13 October 2020 Style/Spelling The entry "comorbidity" was added to the spelling list
21 September 2020 Footnotes The guidance on Repeated references was updated to read:

A reference is given the first time that a source or item is mentioned in the text. In resolutions, a reference is given once only, the first time that an item is mentioned, whether in the preamble or in the operative part. Once a reference has been given, it is repeated only when necessary for the sake of clarity or to change a specific element in the reference, such as a section or paragraph number.

A. Repeated footnote references
In a change from past practice, numbered footnote indicators are no longer repeated in resolutions. When a reference must be repeated, a new footnote with the identical text should be inserted.

Repeated footnote indicators may be used in explanatory footnotes.

21 September 2020 Footnotes The last two sentences on the guidance on Excessive referencing were updated to read:

II. General instructions on footnotes and text notes

C. Excessive referencing
In resolutions, an item is referenced once only, the first time that it is mentioned, whether in the preamble or the operative part. When it is necessary to repeat a reference, a new footnote should be inserted.

17 September 2020 Style/Spelling The entry "penholder" was added to the spelling list (with * to indicate a change from previous practice)
11 August 2020 Style/Spelling ** added to work-hour to indicate an exception to the twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary
24 July 2020 Style/Abbreviations UNITAMS was added to the list of abbreviations
24 June 2020 Policy questions The entry on references to commercial firms in United Nations documentation was updated to reflect changes in practice
24 June 2020 What do editors do? A new page was added to provide information on the work of editors
22 June 2020 Capitalization The entry on "Organization" was updated to read: when used as a short title, whether for the United Nations or an entity whose name includes "Organization"
22 June 2020 Style/Spelling The entry "security sector (not hyphenated)" was added to the spelling list
22 June 2020 Style/Spelling The entry "re-enforce" was added to the spelling list
9 June 2020 Capitalization "Prefecture" was added as an example under "Proper nouns and adjectives and recognized geographical names"
9 June 2020 Italics and bold print The following note was added to the guidance on italics

Note: An italicized title used within an italicized title or heading should remain italicized and be enclosed in quotation marks. Other italicized terms (e.g., non-English words, species names, ship names) used within an italicized title or heading should be set in roman.

13 May 2020 Style/Abbreviations TWh (terawatt-hour) was added to the list of abbreviations
17 April 2020 Footnotes Change in guidance on text notes and footnotes:
II. General instructions on footnotes and text notes
Footnotes, text notes or references directly in the text. In masthead documents, sales publications and reports issued as supplements to the Official Records, references to masthead documents, including summary records or verbatim records, supplements, newspaper articles, public statements, interviews, personal communications and material on a website may be given in footnotes, text notes or directly in the text, as appropriate.

III.United Nations sources
B. Reports issued as supplements to the Official Records
Elements in the reference

In documents and publications, supplements may be cited by giving the document symbol in either a text note or a footnote after the descriptive title of the report.
17 April 2020 Style/Abbreviations DDT was added to the list of abbreviations
17 April 2020 Style/Spelling The entry "re-engage" was added
16 April 2020 Guidelines for gender-inclusive language Link to Guidelines for gender-inclusive language was added to the home page
16 April 2020 Capitalization Examples added under Government (noun only): pro-government elements and anti-government forces
16 April 2020 Country names and currencies The second paragraph was updated to read:
The country name is normally given after the name of a city, unless the city is the capital or the host city of a United Nations headquarters (Geneva, New York and The Hague)
28 February 2020 Footnotes Example added to section F on footnotes
28 February 2020 Style/Punctuation The entry on commas was updated as follows:

Commas in pairs

When a non-restrictive relative clause comes in the middle of a sentence, it is marked off by a comma at each end. It is also important to use commas in pairs in other parenthetical constructions:

Not "In article 4, paragraph 6 (a) of the Convention..."

But "In article 4, paragraph 6 (a), of the Convention..." [Note too that, in English, brackets are used in pairs "(a)", even where a single closing bracket is used in another language "a)".]

Not "The court, while preserving its independence should perform..."

But " The court, while preserving its independence, should perform..."

Not "... submit to the Committee for its information, a report on..."

But "... submit to the Committee, for its information, a report on..."

Not "At its 42nd meeting on 18 January 1996, the Committee had decided..."

But "At its 42nd meeting, on 18 January 1996, the Committee had decided..."

 

28 February 2020 Style/Abbreviations The entries for Inter-American Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank were updated to reflect current usage
18 February 2020 Communications

The guidance on attachments was updated to read:

The order of attachments is as follows: annex, enclosure, attachment. The heading “Enclosure” should be used for material that is separate from but attached to an annex; the heading “Attachment” is used for material that is separate from but attached to an enclosure. The heading “Appendix” should generally be avoided.

Roman numerals are used for multiple annexes, enclosures and attachments

5 February 2020 Country names and currencies The currency name should be written in full if it is used only once or twice in a document or if there is any possibility of ambiguity. If a currency that is not well known is used several times in a document, its name should appear in full at the first mention, followed by its symbol between parentheses
5 February 2020 Style/Abbreviations PKK was added to the list of abbreviations
30 January 2020 Style/Spelling The entry for "child-sensitive" was updated to reflect that the term should always be hyphenated, regardless of whether it precedes or follows a noun
30 January 2020 Style/Capitalization The entry "Charter" was added
17 January 2020 Style/Capitalization

The third paragraph was updated to read:

Initial capitals are not used as a mark of respect; neither does the use of lower case imply a lack of respect. Certain words are capitalized when used in a specialized or restricted sense, the purpose of the capital being to point to the specialized or restricted sense (e.g. Aboriginal people in Australia, but the consequences of climate change on indigenous communities, black pupils are closing the gap in educational performance on their white classmates).

17 January 2020 Style/Abbreviations UNMHA was added to the list of abbreviations
3 January 2020 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

crowdwork, crowdworker, crowdworking

11 December 2019 Style/Spelling The entry “life-saving” was added to the spelling list
5 December 2019 Style/Spelling

The following entries were added:

lump-sum (adj.)
lump sum (noun)

20 November 2019 Style/Capitalization The entry “United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework” was added
18 November 2019 Style/Numbers, dates and time

Under the section “Ordinals”, the entry on latitude was updated to read:

Latitude and longitude: 32nd parallel, N 36°25'13, W 44°23'01”

15 November 2019 Style/Spelling The entry "agroprocessing" was added to the spelling list
29 October 2019 Style/Spelling The entry "behove" was added to the spelling list
25 October 2019 Style/Capitalization The entry for "State" was updated to include "welfare state" as an exception
4 October 2019 Country names and currencies

The second paragraph was updated to read:

The country name is normally given after the name of a city, unless the city is the capital or the host city of a United Nations headquarters (e.g., Geneva and New York).

3 October 2019 Style/Spelling The entry "antisemitism" (an exception to the twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary) was added to the spelling list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
 


 
 

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