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UN cutting costs by the word | San Jose Mercury News

GENEVA—Even words aren’t cheap anymore. The United Nations, not normally known for terseness, is putting a word limit on the thousands of reports it produces each year to try to save money and diplomats’ time.

Lengthy documents are being scaled back “due to increasing financial constraints and the strain on translation services,” Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the U.N.’s director-general in Geneva, told diplomats on Thursday.

Reports by the U.N.’s intergovernmental bodies must now be limited to no more than 10,700 words, he told the Conference on Disarmament that he oversees—a big change from the thick reports whose pages often run to dozens, even hundreds, pile up in press rooms and clog the inboxes of reporters.

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