High Level Committee on Management

Working Group on Document Standards

UN Semantic Interoperability Framework
for normative and parliamentary documents
(UNSIF)


In the past year, the Secretariat of the High Level Committee on Management (HLCM), the UN Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (UN/DGACM), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly led the activities of the inter-agency Working Group on Document Standards (WGDS).

Between June 2016 and March 2017 the WGDS members - FAO, IAEA, ICAO, IFAD, ILO, IMO, UN/DGACM, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNON, UN-WOMEN, WFP, WHO, and WIPO - met online and offline to carry out joint analyses and consultations geared to the definition of a common document standard for the UN system.  In late March 2017, the WGDS recommended to the High Level Committee on Management the adoption of the UN Semantic Interoperability Framework for normative and parliamentary documents (UNSIF) as formed by:

AKN4UN and UNDO should be considered as living documents, which will be subject to regular updates to incorporate new developments and requirements. The online version hosted by this site shall be considered the latest and authoritative version of AKN4UN and UNDO.

The adoption of UNSIF will establish a UN-wide ecosystem of machine-readable documents that will foster collaboration and reduce costs in information management across the system by transforming the web of information enclosed in traditional word processing documents into a web of data that can be interpreted by computers to create innovative services. By having documents available in a common semantically rich format will raise dramatically the UN capacity to coordinate activities, create synergies and respond to clients’ information demands, improve the efficiency and quality of information processing, dissemination and accessibility, and bring significant benefits in terms of governance, accountability and transparency.