UN Style Guide A-Z
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The UN official guide is now
available (changes from 1984 are marked with *):
up-to-date in up-to-date figures but keep figures up to date
underdeveloped (UN:360) try getting this past the UN:
definitely not PC.
UK without periods is the UN style, but only
in tables and figures (421). Admitted is the short name United Kingdom
for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. (411). Nothing
there about British or UK as an adjective. WHO accepts British and,
adjectivally also, United Kingdom (106): but the full name "should
be used on title pages, in signatures and in recording nominations,
elections and votes" (106). You have to look elsewhere to find "United
Kingdom (not UK)" (96).
The UN says: "'United Nations' should not be
abbreviated in English. The form 'ONU' is acceptable in French in certain
texts" (410). So it seems is "UNOG" for United Nations Office at Geneva
"in non-official texts such as internal correspondance and informal
notes" (412) Why then not "UNO"? WHO says "United Nations (not UN)"
(96). But who's listening?
USA is the UN abbreviation in tables and figures
only (421). Note that the UN accepts United States as a short form for
United States of America (411)(!I'd have though US was more acceptable).
The WHO seems to accept American as an adjective -- though it might
be a reference to the people (107). It agrees to the United States or
USA as a noun "once the full name has been used (as in a table or instance)"
(107). Note, too, that it is US$ plus a space, then the amount, i.e.
US$ 1. Looks crazy to me. I prefer US $1.