Editorial Manual

Headings and subheadings

All headings at a given level should have a similar grammatical structure and follow a logical hierarchy. At each level of the hierarchy below the title, if only one subheading is provided, that heading should be either omitted or incorporated in the next-higher-level heading; if there is an "A" heading there must also be a "B". This holds true also for headings not identified by number or letter. For example:

 

          A.  Promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development

                 1. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

          B.  Maintenance of international peace and security

 

may be edited to read:

 

          A.  Promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development in accordance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

          B.  Maintenance of international peace and security

 

Chapter or main section headings are identified by roman numerals and first-degree subheadings by capital letters. In reports with a limited number of subsections, subheadings may be used without identifying numbers or letters.

In the following examples, the codes shown at the left are those used by editors to identify the style of the headings for text-processing staff.

 

Part one
Maintenance of international peace and security
 (17-pt bold)
   
I. Activities of the Special Representative (14-pt bold)     
         
            or, in supplements to Official Records:
Chapter I
      Activities of the Special Representative
   
A. Meetings with the parties (12-pt bold)
   
1. Geneva meeting (10-pt bold)

 

The style of further subheadings, if required, is as follows:

 

(a) Third-degree subheading (10-pt bold)
     [French and Spanish:  a)]
   
(i) Fourth-degree subheading (10-pt italic)
    [French and Spanish:  i)]
   
a. Fifth-degree subheading (10-pt roman)
   
i. Sixth-degree subheading (10-pt roman)

     

A run-in subheading, in either bold or italic type, may be used for a series of headings in which each applies to a single paragraph:

          111. Logging. It is likely that companies will continue to comply with the sanctions because the rainy season that runs from May to October should restrict logging.

          112. Security. The Mission predicts that deployment should be completed in the western part of the country by late May. It is less clear when civil administration will become established.

          113. Financial aspects. The European Union will conduct an audit of the Forestry Agency to assess financial and management systems from 2001 to the present.

          114. Operations. The Forestry Agency is planning to rebuild its operations. In April, donor countries committed $1 million to assist the reform necessary for the lifting of sanctions.

 
Communications

In communications, the headings added by the Secretariat are normally in H1 format (see also Communications). Other heading styles should conform to the hierarchy used in the original submission.

 

Letter dated 23 June 2016 from the Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations addressed to the President of the General Assembly
   
Annex to the letter dated 23 June 2016 from the Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations addressed to the President of the General Assembly
   
Candidature of Hungary to the Human Rights Council for 2017-2019
   
Voluntary pledges and commitments pursuant to General Assembly resolution 60/251
   
Global commitment