Security Council Reform: 69th Session

69th SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

General Assembly adopts decision to advance efforts to reform and increase membership of Security Council
17 September 2015. On 14 September 2015, the General Assembly adopted, by consensus, a decision to advance efforts to reform and increase the membership of the Security Council into the 70th session.

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.

New Text Released for Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform
3 August 2015. On the 31st of July, the President of the General Assembly circulated a new text for the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on reform of the Security Council. The text, which was developed in light of consultations with Member States over the past several months, is intended to serve as a basis for the negotiations.

Talk of Reform at Security Council’s June Wrap-Up Session
7 July 2015. On 30 June, the Security Council held a public wrap-up session before the transition of its presidency from Malaysia to New Zealand. Several reform topics were discussed in remarks by Member States, including the selection of the next Secretary-General and the penholder system.

Ambassador Paul Seger of Switzerland Explains Key Goals and Strategies of the ACT Group
11 June 2015. “Rather than start a complete renovation, we want to fix the plumbing ...” Ambassador Paul Seger of Switzerland Explains Key Goals and Strategies of the ACT Group. An interview with Lydia Swart.

The Chair Advances Security Council Reform, but Substantial and Procedural Complexities Persist
29 May 2015. On 13 May 2015, an update of the Populated Framework Document was distributed to Member States, immediately followed by two days of surprisingly interactive meetings on 14 and 15 May.

'Populated Framework Document' on Security Council Reform
11 May 2015. A new text of 22 pages was distributed on 5 May 2015 and benefited from the input of around 115 countries.

Chair Presents Framework Document on Security Council Reform
26 March 2015. Member States have been asked to provide their input by 16 April 2015 in order to create a new negotiation text.

Changing the Composition of the Security Council: Is There a Viable Solution?
1 March 2015. In this opinion piece, Lydia Swart, CURE's expert on Security Council reform, and Cile Pace address many of the most commonly asked questions about this reform issue.

Security Council Reform: How to arrive at a more operational text?
17 February 2015. On 11 and 12 February 2015, an impressive number of Member States provided input on how they would like the slow-going negotiations on Security Council reform to proceed, with most statements focussing on the notion of text-based negotiations.

Security Council Reform Update 2015: Similar Scenarios, Same Positions, New Outcomes?
12 January 2015. At this stage, only one quarter of the UN’s membership appears to be actively engaged in the IGN, in spite of the many efforts to create momentum during the last few years by those who stand to gain the most from expanding the Council’s membership. This update describes recent developments and the latest positions of the various groupings.

Open Debate on Security Council Working Methods
5 November 2014. On the 23rd of October, the Security Council held an open debate on working methods.

69th Session of the UN General Assembly: the General Debate and UN Reform
September 2014. The need to reform the United Nations and in particular the UN Security Council was raised throughout the General Debate this year.