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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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Voting

Voting

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(p.295) Chapter 6 Voting
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The Procedure of the UN Security Council
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Loraine Sievers

Sam Daws

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199685295.003.0006

This chapter describes how voting is conducted in the UN Security Council as well as the rules governing voting, namely, Articles 27 and 109 of the UN Charter, a number of the Council’s Provisional Rules of Procedure, and Article 10 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice. The chapter first discusses the rules governing substantive decisions and the veto, insufficient affirmative votes, procedural matters and the ‘double veto’, voting on the establishment of subsidiary organs, and voting on amendments. It then considers separate voting on paragraphs; interruption of voting; unanimity, consensus, and adoption by acclamation; abstentions, absences, and non-participation in the vote; and finality of the voting process. Finally, it explains statements before or after the vote, draft resolutions withdrawn or not brought to a vote, and reconsideration of a draft resolution that has not been adopted previously.

Keywords:   voting, UN Security Council, UN Charter, Provisional Rules of Procedure, veto, affirmative votes, procedural matters, double veto, abstentions, draft resolutions

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