Information Rights Team
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Old Admiralty Building
London SW1A 2PA
Email: [email address]
13 April 2012
Dear Mr Elibank FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST REF: 0233-12
Thank you for your email of 25 February asking for electronic copies of all guidance, best
practice notes etc relating to the wording and drafting style of UN resolutions (including
General Assembly resolutions and Security Council resolutions).
I am writing to confirm that we have now completed the search for the information you
requested and I attach the relevant information.
Certain information has been redacted that we consider to be exempt under the FOI Act
Section 27(1)(d) –(International Relations). The Act states information is exempt information
if its disclosure under this Act would or would be likely to prejudice the promotion of
protection of by the United Kingdom of its interests abroad. In this instance, we feel that the
disclosure of certain information could harm the UK’s ability to protect its interests at the
United Nations as disclosure of our negotiating strategy would severely impact our ability to
obtain UK policy goals. We therefore concluded that the public interest in withholding this
information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.
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In keeping with the spirit and effect of the Freedom of Information Act, all information is
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