France and Mexico co-host high-level meeting on "Framing the veto in the event of mass atrocities"

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.

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. This decision, proposed by President Kutesa, reaffirms the GA's central role in reforming the Council, and intends to build on positions as established in the letter of 31 July and its annexes, one and two. In explanation of position, several delegates expressed their state's views on the decision, with some hailing it as a "landmark" step forward, and others viewing it as technical, but not substantive progress. For specific statements, visit UN meetings coverage and press releases.

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

by Gabrielle Jorgensen, 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. The following account summarizes the positions taken by Member States pertaining to working methods.