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The Procedure of the UN Security Council$
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Loraine Sievers and Sam Daws

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685295

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199685295.001.0001

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Place and Format of Council Proceedings

Place and Format of Council Proceedings

(p.19) Chapter 2 Place and Format of Council Proceedings
The Procedure of the UN Security Council

Loraine Sievers

Sam Daws

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the place and format of the UN Security Council’s proceedings. It first considers the UN Charter provisions relating to the convening of meetings by the Council before turning to a description of the formats of proceedings such as formal public (open) meetings, formal private (closed) meetings, and ‘periodic meetings’, summits, and high-level meetings. It also discusses the formats of thematic debates, ‘orientation debates’, wrap-up meetings, and meetings away from the Council headquarters. In addition, the chapter looks at the place of meeting at the Council headquarters, informal consultations of the whole, ‘Arria-formula’ meetings and ‘Somavía-formula’ meetings, and informal interactive dialogues or discussions. Finally, it describes other informal formats as well as the interpretation of oral statements and the translation of written documents.

Keywords:   meetings, UN Security Council, proceedings, UN Charter, summits, thematic debates, informal consultations, interactive dialogues, oral statements, written documents

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