Security Council Reform: 70th Session

General Assembly Adopts Oral Decision on Security Council Reform; Debate Continues into the 71st Session
By Phoebe Shambaugh, 30 August 2016

On 27 July, 2016, the General Assembly held a plenary meeting on agenda item 121, or the “Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Security Council.” The oral decision under consideration was the result of the President of the General Assembly’s consultations with Member States regarding the “elements of convergence” text circulated on 12 July, which arose from the Intergovernmental Negotiations during the current session.

IGN on Security Council reform begin for the 70th Session
by Alex Maresca, 14 March 2016

As Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations for the 70th session (IGN), Ambassador Sylvie Lucas (Luxembourg) convened the first meeting of the IGN for the 70th session. The meeting was intended to address the relationship between the General Assembly and the Security Council, in order to identify “areas of convergence between the positions and proposals of Member States.”

Liechtenstein, The Elders Sponsor Panel discussion on UN Reform
by Alex Maresca, 20 January 2016

On 11 January 2016, the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein and the Elders, a civil society group of eminent former officials, co-sponsored a panel discussion on “Moving Forward with the Reform of the United Nations”. In particular, the session focused on three areas of reform: the election of the next Secretary-General; Security Council action in cases of mass atrocities, with an emphasis on the new Code of Conduct initiative; and expansion of the Security Council.

Timeline of UN Security Council Reform
by Lydia Swart, 12 November 2015

This timeline summarizes Security Council reform efforts in the General Assembly since 1992 and also lists the key players and their known positions.

UN Reform at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly
by Jessica Kroenert, 29 October 2015

The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) general debates were held from 28 September - 3 October 2015, and featured a number of world leaders reflecting on the achievements of the Organization thus far, as well as discussing reforms that they see as necessary for the future success of the Organization.

ACT group formally launches Security Council Code of Conduct
by Jessica Kroenert, 26 October 2015

On 23 October 2015, the ACT group formally launched their year-long initiative on the Security Council Code of Conduct in a meeting hosted by Liechtenstein, the primary drafter of the Code.

Security Council Hosts Annual Open Debate on Working Methods
by Jessica Kroenert, 26 October 2015

On Tuesday 20 October, the Security Council hosted its sixth annual open debate on the topic of the Council's working methods. Pursuant to the concept note circulated by Spain, Member States primarily focused on how the Council could improve its relationships with other UN organs such as the Secretariat, General Assembly (GA), and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as well as regional organizations.

ACT group holds high-level event on proposed Security Council Code of Conduct
by Jessica Kroenert, 15 October 2015

On 1 October 2015, the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein hosted a high-level ministerial event on “The Code of Conduct regarding Security Council action against genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes” on behalf of the Accountability, Coherence, and Transparency (ACT) Group.

France and Mexico co-host high-level meeting on "Framing the veto in the event of mass atrocities"
by Jessica Kroenert, 5 October 2015

On 30 September 2015, the permanent missions of France and Mexico hosted a high-level ministerial meeting on their proposal for restraint of the veto powers of the five permanent members (P5) of the UN Security Council in cases of mass atrocities. Foreign Minister of France, Laurent Fabius, opened the meeting with the announcement that 70 member states had signed the statement, with more expected to follow in the coming days.