CHAPTER 6: Section 1 Changes

Vetoes, insufficient votes and competing drafts reveal an increasingly divided Security Council

30 October 2020

Since 2000, and especially since 2010, there has been a marked increase in divisive votes, which reflects the fact that some Security Council members are now less willing to shield the Council’s divisions from public view . . .

Veto statistics adjusted to show votes on issues of international peace and security (with Table)

31 August 2020

Since 2000, there has been a marked resurgence in the use of the veto.  A total of 35 draft resolutions relating to international peace and security, in connection with ten situations, have not been adopted owing to the negative vote of at least one permanent member . . .

Action initiated by three European countries on Iran’s nuclear programme brings attention back to resolution 2231’s “snapback mechanism”

19 January 2020

The decision by France, Germany and the United Kingdom to refer Iran's reduced compliance with restrictions on its nuclear programme to the Joint Commission raises the possibility of an eventual Council vote under the novel “snapback mechanism” provided for resolution 2231 . . .

As seen with Venezuela, Council members are increasingly using votes to highlight their differences

7 March 2019

In what has become a more frequent scenario, two draft resolutions, this time on the situation in Venezuela, were brought to a vote on 28 February 2019.  Neither of the drafts was adopted, and this outcome was fully expected at the outset . . .

Against a draft resolution on Jerusalem, United States cast its 85th veto

26 December 2017

On 18 December 2017, against a draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem, the United States cast its 85th veto.  All fourteen other Council members voted affirmatively . . .

Will the Iran Plan of Action “snapback” provision have a wider impact on the veto?

4 August 2015

Upon the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on 14 July 2015, and after the adoption six days later by the Security Council of resolution 2231 (2015), much attention has focused on the so-called “snapback” mechanism . . .

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