TRANSLATION - EDITORIAL
The Translation and Editorial Section (TES) provides the following services:
1. Translation and editing
The following types of text are translated and edited:
2. Report writing and editing
Report-writing and editing services can be provided for the following types of meetings:
3. Terminology and reference services
The Terminology and Reference Unit provides reference services and information on the United Nations and other bodies in all subject areas covered by UNEP, UN-Habitat, convention secretariats and other user entities to editors, translators and interpreters. It answers terminology queries from the governing bodies of UNEP and UN-Habitat, other departments at UNON, convention secretariats and other bodies.
It monitors the documentation and other materials of UNEP, UN-Habitat, convention secretariats and other user entities, tracking developments in the terminology used in the United Nations.
The unit maintains a specialized reference library and electronic database consisting of documents emanating from the Division of Conference Services, Headquarters and other United Nations agencies. It also maintains a specialized collection of dictionaries, glossaries and manuals.
In addition, the unit establishes and maintains contacts with reference and terminology sections at other duty stations and, where appropriate, with specialized agencies and international organizations in order to exchange information on terminology with a view to avoiding duplication and eliminating gaps.
Part of the unit’s responsibility is to answer terminology queries from the governing bodies of UNEP and UN-Habitat, other departments at UNON, convention secretariats and other user entities. It also supervises the posting of pre-session, in-session and post-session meeting documents on the Web, granting access to meeting documentation to a worldwide audience. Identifying documents for insertion into the Official Document System (ODS) is also one of its functions.
All requests for translation and editing services, as well as completed work, must be channelled through the Documents Control Unit. To request report-writing services, a meeting request form must be completed and submitted to the Meetings Coordination Unit. Alternatively, please contact the English Language Unit (ELU).
Once a job has been edited, ELU will forward it to the submitting office for clearance. Should the submitting office wish to make any changes of substance, these should be mutually agreed by the submitting office and ELU before incorporation in the text.
Note: As the official United Nations translation and editorial organ at UNON, TES has at its disposal a team of United Nations-accredited editors, translators and revisers, working both internally and externally. To maintain United Nations standards for documentation, it is highly recommended that all agencies, departments and secretariats related to UNEP or UN-Habitat submit any translation or editorial work to TES. If TES is unable to handle a particular assignment owing to lack of capacity, it will indicate this in writing so that the substantive office can approach other service providers.
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 34/50 of 23 November 1979, documentation for any United Nations meeting should be made available in all six official languages at least six weeks prior to the meeting.
All documents to be translated and to which the above six-week rule applies must be submitted to DCU at least 10 weeks before the opening of a session.
At least eight weeks before the opening of a session, the department or office concerned must circulate, with the provisional agenda of the session, a report on the state of preparation of the necessary documentation in all required languages, with a full explanation of any delays.
All documents to which the six-week rule does not apply must be submitted to DCU at least four weeks before the start of a session.
For purposes of the present rules, the date of submission of a document is that on which the complete and final text reaches DCU.
N.B. Pre-session and in-session documents take priority over all other documentation. In addition, because DCS provides services to many convention secretariats and other bodies, it has introduced a slotting system by which each client is allocated a period during which documentation for a particular meeting should be submitted. Any document submitted outside that slot will not be given preferential treatment unless the client has notified DCU in advance of the expected late submission.
Length of submissions
Reports of subsidiary organs or expert groups and other reports not originating in United Nations bodies should be as brief as possible and may not exceed 10,700 words (around 20 physical pages).
Reports originating in United Nations bodies may not exceed 8,500 words (around 16 physical pages), according to General Assembly resolution 52/214 of 22 December 1997.
Current rates: For the full list of standard rates applicable to translation, revision and editing services, please contact DCU. Rates may vary (and may be scaled down) depending on the complexity, urgency and length of the material.
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Oscar Tanifum
Chief, Translation and Editorial Section
Tel.: +254 (0)20 762 2305
Mr. Bo Sorensen
Chief, Documents Control Unit
Tel.: +254 (0)20 762 2523
Mr. Abdulrezak Bekri
Officer-in-Charge, Terminology and Reference Unit
Tel.: +254 (0)20 762 4712
All official communications, including questions on documentation and translation services should be addressed to: