CHAPTER 3: Section 3 Changes

General Assembly election of five new Security Council members is scheduled to begin on 17 June 2020

29 May 2020

As General Assembly heads towards electing five new Security Council members, here is background on the process and aspects of non-permanent membership . . .

2019 presidential note expands access of incoming elected members to the Council’s work prior to assuming their seats

30 January 2020

On 27 December 2019, after two years of negotiations in the Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions, the Security Council adopted presidential note S/2019/993 which expands the access of incoming elected members to the Council’s work prior to assuming their seats . . .  

Significant drop in number of Member States never elected to the Security Council

8 June 2019

Between 1 January 2000 and the date of the most recent Security Council elections on 7 June 2019, seventeen countries have been elected to the Council as first-time members…

With adoption of three key documents, momentum accelerates for enhanced E10 impact

10 Dec. 2018

The year 2018 has seen a significant strengthening of cooperation and coordination among the elected members of the Security Council.  In the second half of the year, this greater cohesion has particularly taken form through agreement on three key documents . . . 

Consensus reached that flag installation ceremony for new members will be an annual event

3 July 2018

On the morning of 2 January 2018, the first working day of the New Year, the Security Council President (Kazakhstan) organized a flag installation ceremony honouring the incoming members of the Council . . .

General Assembly confirms Italy-Netherlands split term arrangement for 2017-2018

6 June 2017

On 2 June 2017, the General Assembly elected the Netherlands for a one-year term to fill the seat allocated to the Western European and Other States Group which Italy announced it would vacate on 31 December 2017 . . .

Preparing incoming Council members under the new election timetable

30 July 2016

Two weeks after the completion of the election in June 2016 of five non-permanent members to join the Security Council on 1 January 2017, the Council adopted a Note by the President which contains provisions relating to the preparation of newly elected members . . .

Decision by Italy and Netherlands to split 2017-2018 Council term

Article revised on 17 July 2016

On 28 June 2016, after five rounds of balloting in the General Assembly, Italy and the Netherlands remained evenly supported, each having obtained 95 votes, for the remaining vacant seat on the Security Council allocated to the Western European and Other States Group . . .

Could Italy and Netherlands create mixed delegations during a split 2017-2018 term?

Article revised on 17 July 2016

After Italy and the Netherlands announced their intention to split the 2017-2018 Council term,  commentators wondered to what extent each of the two countries might be able to participate in private Council proceedings during the year when it was not the official Council member . . .

Revised timetable for electing members of the Security Council

23 October 2014

The General Assembly, in its resolution 68/307, adopted on 18 September 2014, decided ‘to conduct the elections of the non-permanent members of the Security Council . . . about six months before the elected members assume their responsibilities...

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