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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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The Council Convenes

The Council Convenes

(p.193) Chapter 4 The Council Convenes
The Procedure of the UN Security Council

Loraine Sievers

Sam Daws

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the UN Security Council’s authority to convene meetings as embodied in its Provisional Rules of Procedures. It first considers the instances when the Council President shall call a meeting and cases where an agenda item may be rejected, along with the meaning of the term ‘agenda’ in the context of the Council. It then turns to a discussion of the Summary Statement of matters of which the Security Council is seized, which is issued each week by the Secretary-General pursuant to Rule 11 of the Provisional Rules of Procedure. It also looks at Article 12(2) of the UN Charter requiring the Secretary-General to notify the UN General Assembly each year of any matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and security. Finally, the chapter cites the Provisional Rules of Procedure requiring no rule in establishing a quorum, along with the notice and timing of Council meetings.

Keywords:   meetings, UN Security Council, Provisional Rules of Procedures, agenda, Secretary-General, UN Charter, UN General Assembly, peace, security, quorum

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