ACT members release final text of proposed SC Code of Conduct

8 September 2015

On 1 September, 2015, members of the ACT Group released their final text on a Code of Conduct regarding Security Council action against genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. According to the Explanatory Note, current supporters of the Code are: 25 Members of ACT (Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Gabon, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay) as well as Belize, the Netherlands, Spain and Ukraine.

Notably, the Code of Conduct invites all Member States to "formally support" the pledge--including those who are not currently members of the Council, but may be elected in the future. This contrasts with alternative efforts to improve the working methods of the Security Council, such as the French initiative, which focuses on restraining the veto power of the Council's permanent members under specific circumstances.

The full text and Code, as well as official translations in French and Spanish are below.

More information on the working methods of the Security Council can be found here.