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UN Style Guide A-Z

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The UN official guide is now available (changes from 1984 are marked with *):


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capitalization
These seem general within the UN:
commission (unless used specifically, WHO p9)
committee (unless used specifically, WHO p9)
health for all (!WHO p9) but Global Strategy for Health for All by the Year 2000 (WHO,p8)
Member (WHO:8)
Member State (WHO:8)
the Organization (WHO:8)
Region (of WHO:8),
regions (generically)
twenty-first century (!, WHO p9, I'd say 21st century)
calibre
(UN:355)
cancel, cancelled, cancelling
(UN:355)
cannot
(UN:355)
canvas (cloth)
(UN:355)
canvass (to solicit)
(UN:355)
capital (city)
(UN:355)
Capitol (building)
(UN:355)
case-study
(UN:355)
catalogue
(but in computerese catalog, and analog) (UN:355)
catastrophe
(UN:355)
cathode-ray tube
(UN:355)
cease-fire
(noun and adj.) (UN:355)
centre, centred, centring
(UN:355)
channelled, channelling
(UN:355)
centuries
This is the new UN rule: nineteenth century (not 19th century or XIX century).
characterize
(ODWE)
chargé d'affaires
(UN:355)
charter-party
(UN:355)
check-list
(UN:355)
chef de cabinet
(UN:355)
cheque
(bank)
(UN:355)
class-room
(UN:355) ,
classroom
(NSOED, POD, COD11)
clue
(not clew, except in a nautical sense) (UN:355)
coefficient
(UN:355) This breaks the fundamental rule that you should hyphenate words when the two vowels are pronounced separately.
coexistence
(UN:355)
colour
(UN:355): but not 'color' in computerese?
combated, combating
(UN:355)
Commercial references (separate article)
communiqué
(UN:355)
compel, compelled
(UN:355)
complexion
(UN:355)
connection
(UN:355)
consensus
(UN:355)
cooperate, cooperation (UN new), cooperate (NSOED, UN new)
The UN itself has now followed the many UN bodies that prefer the Oxford recommendation of dropping the hyphen. The printed UN manual hyphenates (UN 356): it dates from 1983 (and does it date!).
coordinate, coordination
As with cooperate (UN new). The printed manual hyphenated (UN:356),
councillor
(UN:356)
counsellor
(UN:356)
countermeasure
(UN:356)
coup d'état
(UN:356)
cross-reference
(UN:356)
cross-section
(UN:356)
currency
It's US$ 1 (i.e. a space between $ and 1) for the WHO (p44). GBP, CHF and USD are banned by WHO from publications, though used internally (p44). The UN itself accepts Sums of money: $6.50; SwF 8.75; €250.

 

Note: For rules on the treatment of money in resolutions and decisions, see "References to money" in Basic documents/Resolutions and other formal decisions of United Nations organs/Drafting and editing. For a list of currencies, see UNTERM (search by country name).

curriculum vitae
(plural: curricula vitae)(UN:356)
cut-back
(noun) (UN:356)