In international relations, an aide-mémoire is a proposed agreement or negotiating text circulated informally among delegations for discussion without committing the originating delegation's country to the contents. It has no identified source, title, or attribution and no standing in the relationship involved. Such a text is also referred to as a non-paper in many international organizations, including the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade/World Trade Organization [1][2] and sometimes within the European Union[3].

The term also has a more general meaning, as an English noun with French influence, meaning "a memory-aid; a reminder or memorandum, especially a book or document serving this purpose." [4]


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  • aide-memoire — [[t]e͟ɪd me̱mwɑː(r)[/t]] aide memoires also aide mémoire N COUNT An aide memoire is something such as a list that you use to remind you of something. Syn: reminder …   English dictionary

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  • aide-mémoire — noun (plural aide mémoire) Etymology: French, from aider to aid + mémoire memory Date: 1846 1. an aid to the memory; especially a mnemonic device 2. a written summary or outline of important items of a proposed agreement or …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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