Italics are used for the following:
- Foreign words that do not appear in the twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary or in the spelling list of the Editorial Manual
- The titles of laws and decrees in a foreign language
- The titles of court cases, e.g. Corfu Channel case, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland v. Albania
- The titles of books, United Nations publications, CD-ROMs, periodicals, newspapers, films, plays, radio and television programmes, podcasts (series) and works of art
- The names of ships, e.g. HMS Frolic, the British ship Frolic; SS United States, the United States; MV Helena
- Scientific names of animals and plants at the genus and species taxonomic levels, e.g. Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata, Rosa multiflora
Note: Families (e.g. "Bovidae"), orders (e.g. "Artiodactyla"), classes (e.g. "Mammalia"), phyla (e.g. "Chordata") and kingdoms (e.g. "fauna") are not italicized (for further information, see The Chicago Manual of Style)
- Variables in mathematical expressions (for further information, see The Chicago Manual of Style)
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.
Italics are not used for the following:
- Non-English names of organizations, institutions and corporations
For rules on the use of italics in resolutions, see Basic documents/Resolutions and other formal decisions of United Nations organs/Drafting and editing.
In running text, bold print is used only for conclusions and recommendations in documents submitted to legislative bodies for consideration and action (see General Assembly resolution 52/214, sect. B, para. 25).