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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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up-to-date in up-to-date figures but keep figures up to date (UN:360)

underdeveloped (UN:360) — try getting this past the UN: definitely not PC.

United Kingdom

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).

United Nations

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?

United States

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.