|25 March||Maps and figures, including photographs||The guidance on figures was updated to include: "If there is only one figure in a document, it is not numbered and the word “Figure” is omitted from the heading.”|
|23 March 2021||Style/Abbreviations||The entry OECD was updated to reflect preferred spelling (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)|
|11 March 2021||Style/Spelling||The entry "clearing-house (adj.)" was added to the spelling list|
|3 March 2021||Style/Abbreviations||The entry "GPS (Global Positioning System)" was removed and "GNSS (global navigation satellite system)" was added|
|24 February 2021||Style/Capitalization||The following entries on geographical terms were updated:
central in reference to an area within a country or a body of water (e.g., the central Mediterranean)
|24 February 2021||Style/Spelling||The entry "rule-making" was added to the spelling list|
|29 January 2021||Addenda||The text "Proposed programme budget for the biennium XXX" was updated to read "Proposed programme budget for [year]"|
|24 November 2020||Style/Spelling||The entry "small-satellite (adj.)" was added to the spelling list|
|2 November 2020||Style/Spelling||The entry "syllabuses" was added to the spelling list|
|29 October 2020||Style/Abbreviations||WCO was added to the list of abbreviations|
|28 October 2020||Style/Capitalization||The entry on "Member" was updated to read: a State not a member of the United Nations, a non-member State, a member of a United Nations organ, e.g., member or members of the Security Council, member or members of the Economic and Social Council, etc.|
|26 October 2020||Footnotes||The practice of using sales numbers as references for United Nations publications has been discontinued. The guidance in the Editorial Manual has been updated accordingly.|
|19 October 2020||Style/Capitalization||The guidance on transliteration of proper names in Arabic was updated as follows:
The definite article al is capitalized when it is the first element in a name and lower-case when it is in the middle; for example, Al-Jazeera, Al-Qaida, Mohammed al-Ansari. The same practice applies to el, where used.
|13 October 2020||Style/Spelling||The entry "comorbidity" was added to the spelling list|
|21 September 2020||Footnotes||
The guidance on Repeated references was updated to read:
A. Repeated footnote references
Repeated footnote indicators may be used in explanatory footnotes.
|21 September 2020||Footnotes||
The last two sentences on the guidance on Excessive referencing were updated to read:
C. Excessive referencing
In resolutions, an item is referenced once only, the first time that it is mentioned, whether in the preamble or the operative part. When it is necessary to repeat a reference, a new footnote should be inserted.
|17 September 2020||Style/Spelling||The entry "penholder" was added to the spelling list (with * to indicate a change from previous practice)|
|11 August 2020||Style/Spelling||** added to work-hour to indicate an exception to the twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary|
|24 July 2020||Style/Abbreviations||UNITAMS was added to the list of abbreviations|
|24 June 2020||Policy questions||The entry on references to commercial firms in United Nations documentation was updated to reflect changes in practice|
|22 June 2020||Style/Capitalization||The entry on "Organization" was updated to read: when used as a short title, whether for the United Nations or an entity whose name includes "Organization"|
|22 June 2020||Style/Spelling||The entry "security sector (not hyphenated)" was added to the spelling list|
|22 June 2020||Style/Spelling||The entry "re-enforce" was added to the spelling list|
|9 June 2020||Style/Capitalization||"Prefecture" was added as an example under "Proper nouns and adjectives and recognized geographical names"|
|9 June 2020||Italics and bold print||The following note was added to the guidance on italics
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.
|13 May 2020||Style/Abbreviations||TWh (terawatt-hour) was added to the list of abbreviations|
|17 April 2020||Footnotes||
Change in guidance on text notes and footnotes:
III.United Nations sources
|17 April 2020||Style/Abbreviations||DDT was added to the list of abbreviations|
|17 April 2020||Style/Spelling||The entry "re-engage" was added|
|16 April 2020||Guidelines for gender-inclusive language||Link to Guidelines for gender-inclusive language was added to the home page|
|16 April 2020||Style/Capitalization||Examples added under Government (noun only): pro-government elements and anti-government forces|
|16 April 2020||Country names and currencies||The second paragraph was updated to read:
The country name is normally given after the name of a city, unless the city is the capital or the host city of a United Nations headquarters (Geneva, New York and The Hague)
|28 February 2020||Footnotes||Example added to section F on footnotes|
|28 February 2020||Style/Punctuation||
The entry on commas was updated as follows:
When a non-restrictive relative clause comes in the middle of a sentence, it is marked off by a comma at each end. It is also important to use commas in pairs in other parenthetical constructions:
Not "In article 4, paragraph 6 (a) of the Convention..."
But "In article 4, paragraph 6 (a), of the Convention..." [Note too that, in English, brackets are used in pairs "(a)", even where a single closing bracket is used in another language "a)".]
Not "The court, while preserving its independence should perform..."
But " The court, while preserving its independence, should perform..."
Not "... submit to the Committee for its information, a report on..."
But "... submit to the Committee, for its information, a report on..."
Not "At its 42nd meeting on 18 January 1996, the Committee had decided..."
But "At its 42nd meeting, on 18 January 1996, the Committee had decided..."
|28 February 2020||Style/Abbreviations||The entries for Inter-American Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank were updated to reflect current usage|
|18 February 2020||Communications||
The guidance on attachments was updated to read:
Roman numerals are used for multiple annexes, enclosures and attachments
|5 February 2020||Country names and currencies||The currency name should be written in full if it is used only once or twice in a document or if there is any possibility of ambiguity. If a currency that is not well known is used several times in a document, its name should appear in full at the first mention, followed by its symbol between parentheses|
|5 February 2020||Style/Abbreviations||PKK was added to the list of abbreviations|
|30 January 2020||Style/Spelling||The entry for "child-sensitive" was updated to reflect that the term should always be hyphenated, regardless of whether it precedes or follows a noun|
|30 January 2020||Style/Capitalization||The entry "Charter" was added|
|17 January 2020||Style/Capitalization||The third paragraph was updated to read:
Initial capitals are not used as a mark of respect; neither does the use of lower case imply a lack of respect. Certain words are capitalized when used in a specialized or restricted sense, the purpose of the capital being to point to the specialized or restricted sense (e.g. Aboriginal people in Australia, but the consequences of climate change on indigenous communities, black pupils are closing the gap in educational performance on their white classmates).
|17 January 2020||Style/Abbreviations||UNMHA was added to the list of abbreviations|
|3 January 2020||Style/Spelling||
The following entries were added:
crowdwork, crowdworker, crowdworking
|11 December 2019||Style/Spelling||The entry “life-saving” was added to the spelling list|
|5 December 2019||Style/Spelling||
The following entries were added:
|20 November 2019||Style/Capitalization||The entry “United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework” was added|
|18 November 2019||Style/Numbers, dates and time||
Under the section “Ordinals”, the entry on latitude was updated to read:
Latitude and longitude: 32nd parallel, N 36°25'13, W 44°23'01”
|15 November 2019||Style/Spelling||The entry "agroprocessing" was added to the spelling list|
|29 October 2019||Style/Spelling||The entry "behove" was added to the spelling list|
|25 October 2019||Style/Capitalization||The entry for "State" was updated to include "welfare state" as an exception|
|4 October 2019||Country names and currencies||
The second paragraph was updated to read:
The country name is normally given after the name of a city, unless the city is the capital or the host city of a United Nations headquarters (e.g., Geneva and New York).
|3 October 2019||Style/Spelling||The entry "antisemitism" (an exception to the twelfth edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary) was added to the spelling list|