Repertoire of the practice of the security council: Supplement 2004-2007

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The Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council, a two volume set, provides UN Member States, UN entities, researchers and the general public a comprehensive, reliable, objective and readily accessible source of information regarding the evolving practice of the Security Council on constitutional, procedural and substantive matters since inception in 1946. The Repertoire covers in particular the Council’s interpretation and application of the UN Charter and its own Provisional Rules of Procedure and features case studies as well as summaries of its official documents.



Provisional rules of procedure of the security council and related procedural developments

Article 30 of the Charter of the United Nations provides that the Security Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure, including the method of selecting its President. The Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, established on 26 June 1945 to make provisional arrangements for the first sessions of the organs of the United Nations, including the Security Council, discussed at some length whether it should recommend provisional rules of procedure to the Security Council or whether the rules should be formulated from inception by the Council. The text of the rules as recommended was a compromise between those who desired more comprehensive rules and those who considered that the whole subject should be left to the Security Council.


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