Presentation on theme: "UN system (simplified!)"— Presentation transcript:
1 UN system (simplified!) SecretariatSecurity CouncilTrusteeship CouncilEconomic and Social CouncilGeneral AssemblyInternational Court of JusticeVerbatim recordsDoes all the workSummary records for committeesNew York – Geneva – Vienna – Addis Ababa – Santiago de Chile, Beirut, BangkokCommission on Human Rights Specialized agencies
3 Member States – Observers - NGOs A UN MeetingTypically, members/ States make statements on an agenda item and adopt it by consensus/ after a voteSec. – Chair – Vice-Chair - RapporteurPrecis-writers Press officers Conf. officersMember States – Observers - NGOs
4 Language jobs in the UN Interpreting Translation Editing verbatim recordsPrecisEditing reports/documents/publicationsOther (law, economics, management, etc.)
5 What is precis-writing? A “summary record” is a report of what was said and decided in a UN meeting.Historical value – may be consulted many years later (cf. report of meeting, Press report)Prescribed layout – consistency with previous years is importantWho reads them? – Member States, NGOs, SecretariatHow are they produced? – typically team of 4 precis-writers divides the meeting into “takes” – whole record is put together and checked for logic, consistency and house style by a “reviser”Precis-writers take notes manually/on laptop – a cassette recording of the meeting is available – attending one meeting and writing up counts as one day’s work – can involve late nights, weekends and lots of waiting around
6 What does a precis-writer need? Accuracy– say what the speaker saidPolitical awarenessCommand of English spelling and grammarForeign-language skills (NB French)Patience to follow house style and check factsAbility to work in a teamHigh boredom threshold …
7 Over to you …Listen to this extract from a statement to the World Health Assembly in May Take notes if you wish.On your transcript, mark the main ideas in the statement and underline names/ facts/ dates you would need to check.Write a summary of the first main idea. Remember “Mr/Ms X said that …” and continue in reported speech.
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