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. However, during this meeting, no obvious agreement seems to have emerged on what kind of text the Chair should produce. Should it be a text in the form of a draft resolution, or a somewhat shortened version of previous texts and new information received?

Security Council Reform Update 2015: Similar Scenarios, Same Positions, New Outcomes?

12 January 2015

The Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on reforming the Security Council (SC) have not led to any significant results on SC expansion since the IGN officially began in 2009. Procedural maneuvering by those who oppose adding new permanent seats is often blamed for this vexing standstill. However, sufficient political will to compromise among some of the key players may be equally, if not more, responsible for the lack of progress. And while the main focus has been on changing the composition of the Council to make it more representative of contemporary realities, efforts to make the Council more accountable, effective, and transparent are of equal or greater importance to a large section of UN Member States.

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. More than forty member states addressed topics ranging from initiatives to ensure due process under UN sanctions regimes, to a Security Council mechanism for follow-up on referrals to the International Criminal Court, to the use of the veto power and the selection process for the UN Secretary-General.

69th Session of the UN General Assembly: the General Debate and UN Reform

24-30 September 2014

The need to reform the United Nations and in particular the UN Security Council was raised throughout the General Debate this year. Many delegations seemed to feel that the upcoming 70th anniversary of the UN in 2015 provided an opportunity to push forward on the reform agenda and evaluate the way forward for the Organization.

Draft Resolution of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the Work of the General Assembly

by Sonia Jagtiani
September 2014

The Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) on the Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly (GA) held a general debate and four thematic meetings between 4 March and 16 May. Following the thematic meetings, five informal informal sessions were scheduled in order to draft the 68th session’s resolution on the Revitalization of the work of the GA. The following article will summarize the main points made during the informal consultations amongst Member States and regional and other political groupings. It will also highlight the key elements of the final resolution.

Fourth Thematic Meeting of the 68th GA session in the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the General Assembly

By Sonia Jagtiani and Alex Maresca
June 2014

On the 16th of May 2014, the ad hoc working group (AHWG) of the revitalization of the General Assembly (GA) met for the fourth thematic meeting of the 68th session. The subject of the meeting was on strengthening the Institutional Memory of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA). This article summarizes the key points made by three UN Secretariat officials, Member States and regional groups during this session.

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