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1 1 Summary records for committees UN system (simplified!) Secretariat Security Council Trusteeship Council Economic and Social Council General Assembly International Court of Justice Does all the work Verbatim records Commission on Human Rights Specialized agencies New York – Geneva – Vienna – Addis Ababa – Santiago de Chile, Beirut, Bangkok

2 2 Specialized agencies (incomplete!) WHO IAEA ILO ITU FAO UNESCO UNDP IMO WMO

3 3 A UN Meeting Sec. – Chair – Vice-Chair - Rapporteur Typically, members/ States make statements on an agenda item and adopt it by consensus/ after a vote Member States – Observers - NGOs Precis- writers Press officers Conf. officers

4 4 Language jobs in the UN Interpreting Translation Editing verbatim records Precis Editing reports/documents/publications Other (law, economics, management, etc.)

5 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 important Who reads them? – Member States, NGOs, Secretariat How 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 days work – can involve late nights, weekends and lots of waiting around

6 6 What does a precis-writer need? Accuracy– say what the speaker said Command of English spelling and grammar Political awareness Foreign-language skills (NB French) Patience to follow house style and check facts Ability to work in a team High boredom threshold …

7 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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