New Charter, New Members, New Rules, New Working Practices, or New National Policies?

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:
 New Charter, New Members, New Rules, New Working Practices, or New National Policies?

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Discusses possible improvements in the working of the UN Security Council that would depend upon changes in the Charter. It looks first at the possibility of changes to the Charter, at now‐redundant parts of it, at parts that have not been implemented but are disregarded, and at de facto changes that have occurred with general agreement. The second section of the chapter looks at the growing pressure for new members, and the highly complex issues involved, which are briefly outlined. The third section looks at the fact that while there have been major developments in the procedure of the Council, there have been less explicit references to the Rules of Procedure at public meetings; it goes on to look at possible rule changes in the context of meetings, agendas, representation and credentials, the presidency and secretariat, the conduct of business, voting, languages and records, and the admission of new members. The fourth section looks at changes in working practices that have occurred, and the fifth discusses how, if the Charter is to remain substantially unamended, improvements are to be made to the workings of the Council: the answer given is that changes are needed in national attitudes and policies.

Keywords: change; national attitudes; national policies; new members; procedure; rule changes; Rules; UN Charter; UN Security Council; working practices

Chapter.  12599 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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