Diplomacy and Debate

Sydney D. Bailey and Sam Daws

in The Procedure of the UN Security Council

Third edition

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780198280736
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598746 | DOI:
 Diplomacy and Debate

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Looks at diplomacy and debate at the UN Security Council, and the role of procedural rules and practice in these activities. The first four sections of the chapter describe the rules for: the order of speakers; interrupting the speaker; the right of reply; and motions, proposals and suggestions — the various types of these are all defined. The next section discusses precedence motions (Rule 33), which are techniques available to the Council by which debate can be suspended or terminated, either to facilitate positive purposes, or to frustrate negative ones (such as filibustering); these include: suspension of the meeting; adjournment of the meeting either sine die or to a certain day or hour; reference of any matter to a committee, the Secretary‐General of the UN, or a rapporteur; postponement of the discussion to a certain day, or indefinitely; and introduction of an amendment; all of these are described separately. The remaining sections of the chapter discuss amendments, and statements before or after the vote.

Keywords: adjournment of the meeting; amendments; debate; diplomacy; interrupting the speaker; motions; order of speakers; postponement of the meeting; practice; precedence motions; procedural rules; proposals; reference to a committee; reference to a rapporteur; reference to the Secretary‐General of the UN; right of reply; Rule 33; statements; suggestions; suspension of the meeting; termination of the meeting; UN Security Council; UN

Chapter.  12461 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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