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I: The Constitutional Framework 1: Role of procedure 2: The Charter 3: Role and function of the Security Council 4: Provisional Rules of Procedure 5: Further documentation of procedures II: Place and Format of Council Proceedings 1: Formats of meetings 2: Formal public (open) meetings 3: Formal private (closed) meetings 4: 'Periodic meetings', summits, and high-level meetings 5: Thematic debates 6: 'Orientation debates' 7: Wrap-up meetings 8: Meetings away from Headquarters 9: Place of meeting at Headquarters 10: Informal consultations of the whole 11: 'Arria-formula' meetings and 'Somavia-formula' meetings 12: Informal interactive dialogues or discussions 13: Other informal formats 14: Interpretation and translation III: The People 1: The President 2: Permanent members 3: Non-permanent members 4: Regional and other groups 5: 'Groups of friends' 6: Political coordinators and experts 7: Credentials 8: Representation of China and of the Russian Federation 9: Permanent Missions and representation 10: Secretary-General and the Secretariat 11: Individual actions can make a difference IV: The Council Convenes 1: Convening a meeting 2: Rejection of items 3: Agenda and Summary statement of matters of which the Council is seized 4: No requirement of a quorum 5: Notice of meetings 6: Timing of meetings V: Conduct of Meetings and Participation 1: States invited to participate in Council proceedings 2: Individuals invited to participate in Council proceedings 3: Participation of Palestinian officials 4: Order of speakers 5: 'Right of reply' or 'further statements' 6: Motions, proposals, and suggestions 7: 'Blue' draft resolutions and order of submission 8: Non-member submission and co-sponsorship of resolutions 9: Amendments 10: Points of order 11: 'Precedence motions' 12: Rulings by the President 13: 'Stopping the clock' VI: Voting 1: Substantive decisions and the veto 2: Insufficient affirmative votes 3: Procedural matters and the 'double veto' 4: Voting on the establishment of subsidiary organs 5: Voting on amendments 6: Separate voting on paragraphs 7: Interruption of voting 8: Unanimity, consensus, and adoption by acclamation 9: Abstentions 10: Non-participation in the vote 11: Absences 12: Finality of the voting process 13: Statements before or after the vote 14: Draft resolutions withdrawn or not brought to a vote 15: Reconsideration of texts not adopted VII: Decisions and Documents 1: Formats of decisions 2: Decisions in the context of the Charter 3: Resolutions 4: Statements by the President 5: Decisions to recommend appointment of Secretaries-General 6: Decisions relating to UN membership 7: Letters by the Council President 8: Notes by the President 9: Statements by the President to the press 10: Monthly forecast and calendar 11: Reports of the Secretary-General 12: Communications 13: Communications from private individuals and NGOs 14: Compendium documents 15: Categories of individual documents VIII: Subsidiary Bodies 1: Military Staff Committee 2: Peacebuilding Commission 3: Subsidiary bodies concerned with Council procedure 4: Subsidiary bodies concerned with United Nations membership 5: Subsidiary bodies concerned with the maintenance of international peace and security 6: Thematic subsidiary bodies 7: Appointment of bureaux of subsidiary bodies 8: Reporting by subsidiary bodies IX: Relations with other Organs and Entities 1: General Assembly 2: Economic and Social Council 3: Trusteeship Council 4: International Court of Justice 5: United Nations agencies, funds, and programmes 6: International Atomic Energy Agency 7: International Criminal Court 8: Special courts, tribunals, and investigative panels 9: Regional and subregional organizations X: Concluding Reflections

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Loraine Sievers served the United Nations for over thirty years, concluding her career as Chief of the Security Council Secretariat Branch. Amongst her primary responsibilities was providing guidance to Council members, particularly each month's rotating Presidency, concerning the Council's procedures and practices. Loraine also participated as the Secretariat expert in the Security Council Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions from 2006-11. Previously, she served as Secretary to the Afghanistan and Sierra Leone Sanctions Committees, Programme Officer in the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme, political analyst in the Regional Affairs Division, and speechwriter. Loraine contributed to the Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council and several of the UN 'Blue Books' on conflict situations addressed by the Organization. Sam Daws has served in a variety of UN related roles over the last 25 years, and currently directs a project on UN governance and reform at the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University. Sam has recently served as Senior Principal Research Analyst in the Multilateral Policy Directorate of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and then as Deputy Director (United Nations, Prime Minister's Post-2015 team) in the Cabinet Office. He spent six years as Executive Director of the UN Association of the UK, and then became Senior Advisor and UK Representative to the UN Foundation. From 2000 to 2003 he served as First Officer in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Co-author or editor of six books on the UN, Sam has degrees in social anthropology and international conflict analysis, and undertook doctoral studies in international relations at Oxford University. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (in international law) and Yale University (in UN studies).


The fourth edition . . . is an authoritative compilation of the work of the Council, and thereby serves as a kind of guide to the efforts of the international community, over almost 70 years, to maintain world peace. The volume documents the Councils attempts, in the face of new and novel crises and conflicts, to develop a work practice and a toolkit in order to properly fulfil its Charter mandate. . . . The [book will] quickly become established as a standard reference for practitioners and academicians. * Vereinte Nationen, German Review on the United Nations *
The book covers almost everything ... the accompanying website is a real gold mine. It is used to keep the book continuously updated. These updates, which appear frequently, are linked to specific sections in the book. If you want, you can print them out and insert them into the book. When you subscribe to the alert service, it is almost as if you are witnessing the continuous process of evolution of the Councils procedures, and of the books content. You feel as if you are witnessing the fifth edition in the making. * Otto Spijkers, Academic Council on the United Nations System *
The book successfully makes the councils work plain to interested readers, be it scholar, student, diplomat or journalist. Its a surprisingly uncomplicated, highly readable book, compared with the usual scholarly works on the UN, written in academic jargon...The book is like its predecessors a unique source of information. It is highly recommended to all interested in the UN, as appreciating the important changes can play a key role in building support for the councils work in maintaining international peace. * Helmut Volger, PassBlue (website) *
For a 744-page book that deals with procedure, it is a highly readable tome written in a non-scholarly fashion that combines the rigor of an academic text with the prose of a journalist. * Denis Fitzgerald, UN Tribune *

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