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  • n. A discussion paper which is not to form part of formal business, especially in the UN.
  • adj. Not made of paper
  • adj. Used of infomation that is stored electronically


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  • At the December 2008 meeting in Paris, the US submitted a “non-paper” that discussed internet copyright provisions, liability for Internet Service Providers, and legal protection for digital locks.

    ACTA – Anti-Consumer Terror Act

  • According to Innovations in Magazines 2011 World Report, Singapore Airlines converted three of its publications to digital in July 2010 when two Boeing 777-300ERs began offering the new version of SilverKris, KrisShop, and Kris World in non-paper form.

    Magda Abu-Fadil: Fasten Your Seatbelts and Turn on Your Magazines

  • No numbers were agreed upon, but with a non-paper referring to 25,000 in the first three years of this program (40,000 in the first five years of this program did not appear in the non-paper but was raised verbally).

    Matthew Yglesias » Parallel

  • And your selective quoting from the Moratinos non-paper does not help your position, either.

    Matthew Yglesias » Parallel

  • Newspapers and magazines are going to have to find an electronic offline non-paper based medium soon or face extinction.

    Starlog To Cease Magazine Publication

  • Her point, if she had one, was that non-paper invitations are tasteless.


  • Saudi Arabia likewise expressed concern that the "non-paper", as they insisted on calling the draft text, "paves the way for a gradual death of the Kyoto Protocol."

    Tina Gerhardt: We Need an Umpire: From UNFCCC Climate Negotiations to the World Cup

  • In an almost desperate bid to get Beijing's attention the cable contains a so-called non-paper – an unofficial, non-binding message – for presentation to the Chinese.

    China pressed over Iran and North Korea's nuclear trade

  • With American frustration barely concealed, the non-paper notes the US has raised its concerns with Chinese officials on numerous occasions and lists at least 10 instances in which it claims North Korean shipments of ballistic missiles parts to Iran passed unimpeded through Beijing.

    China pressed over Iran and North Korea's nuclear trade

  • And to show that the archive also collects non-paper objects: Walter Sickert 's strangely stylish linen, cream-colored painting overalls, and a coiled lock of golden hair from Eileen Mayo, the model and muse of the mostly gay Duncan Grant.

    Celebrating 40 Years of Archiving British Art


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  • This means an off-the-record or unofficial document – a paper that has not been through a formal adoption procedure (the use is not restricted to the EU).

    May 19, 2012