Follow-up Discussion in GA on Security Council Reform; GA President Announces Time Frame for Process

3 December 2008

The General Assembly met on 18, 19 and 20 November 2008 in the annual joint debate on the question of the equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters and on Report of the Security Council (A/63/2) to the General Assembly. Following the debate, the PGA announced a time frame for the coming process leading to intergovernmental negotiations. First meeting on framework and modalities on Friday 5 December 2008.

Security Council Reform – the 62nd GA Session and the Road Ahead

by Jonas von Freiesleben
11 November 2008

The following analysis provides an update to chapter 1 on Security Council reform in the Center's publication “Managing Change at the United Nations” (April). It covers events and Member States dynamics in the Open-ended Working Group and in the Security Council during the 62nd General Assembly session, and - as the Open-ended Working Group is about to meet on 11 November 2008 - also on the road ahead.

General Assembly Adopts Resolution on SWC: Key Issues to be Continued

17 September 2008

On Monday, 15 September 2008, Member States unanimously adopted a resolution on the process of System-wide Coherence. According to the text, the membership will continue its work on System-wide Coherence, while focusing exclusively on the issues of “Delivering as One,” harmonization of business practices, funding, governance, and gender equality & the empowerment of women.

Member States Renew Mandate for Working Group on Security Council Reform after Intense Discussions

by Jonas von Freiesleben
16 September 2008

With only a few hours left in the 62nd Session of the General Assembly and in the face of a total collapse, Member States finally managed to broker a groundbreaking deal to renew the mandate of the Open-ended Working Group on Security Council Reform. The deal - based on consensus - includes an ambitious plan to move discussions from the Working Group to intergovernmental negotiations in the General Assembly.