February 2014 Monthly Forecast


Chairs of Subsidiary Bodies and Penholders for 2014

Every year, the Security Council revisits its allocation of chairmanships of its subsidiary bodies, a task entrusted to elected Council members. Following deliberations between the P5, and the designation of a P5 coordinator, the coordinator holds separate consultations with the elected members. Decisions regarding the 2014 distribution, coordinated by Russia, were reportedly finalised during the last week of December 2012, although Chad has since recused itself of the allotted chairmanships alleging it was not appropriately consulted.

As this chart illustrates, there is scant correlation between the “penholders” for situation-specific agenda items and the chairs of the relevant subsidiary bodies. In most, though not all, cases penholders are permanent members. As the penholders take the lead in drafting Council decisions, they normally “trump” chairs notwithstanding the chairs’ formal title and mandate. The table below lists those agenda items of which the Council is or was seized since 1 January 2010 and which have a designated penholder. For the full name of the agenda items please refer to the latest summary statement by the Secretary-General of 2 January 2014 (S/2014/10).

Situation-Specific or Thematic Matter “Pen-Holder” in the Council Chair of Relevant Council Subsidiary Body
Afghanistan Australia Australia,  1988 Taliban Sanctions Committee
Bosnia and Herzegovina Chair of the rotating Contact and Drafting Group N/A
Burundi France N/A
Central Africa Region France Lithuania
Central African Republic France N/A
Côte d’Ivoire France Chile, 1572 Côte d’Ivoire Sanctions Committee
Counterterrorism (1267 and 1989) US Australia, 1267/1989 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee
Cyprus UK N/A
Democratic Republic of the Congo France Jordan; 1533 DRC Sanctions Committee
DPRK (Non-proliferation) US Luxembourg, 1718 DPRK Sanctions Committee
Georgia Group of Friends N/A
Great Lakes Region France N/A
Guinea-Bissau Nigeria Nigeria, 2048 Guinea-Bissau Committee
Haiti US N/A


Chile Chile, International Tribunals Informal Working Group


Chile Chile, International Tribunals Informal Working Group
Iran (Non-Proliferation) US Australia, 1737 Iran Sanctions Committee
Iraq US Chad, 1518 Iraq Sanctions Committee
Kosovo Chair of the rotating Contact and Drafting Group N/A
Liberia US Jordan, 1521 Liberia Sanctions Committee
Libya UK Rwanda, 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee
Mali France N/A
Middle East Syria: France, Australia and Luxembourg on humanitarian issues; UNDOF: US and Russia; UNIFIL: France; Yemen: UK Chad, 1636 Lebanon Sanctions Committee
Middle East, including the Palestine Question US N/A
Nepal UK N/A
Sierra Leone UK N/A
Somalia UK; US on piracy; Russia on legal issues on piracy Republic of Korea, 751/1907 Somalia-Eritrea Sanctions Committee
Sudan and South Sudan UK on Darfur; US on South Sudan; US on Sudan/South Sudan Argentina, 1591 Sudan Sanctions Committee
Timor-Leste N/A N/A
West Africa Nigeria N/A
Western Sahara US N/A
Children and Armed Conflict Luxembourg Luxembourg, Children and Armed Conflict Working Group
Counterterrorism (1373) US Lithuania, 1373 Counterterrorism Committee
Counterterrorism (1566) US Lithuania, 1566 Working Group
Non-proliferation of WMD Republic of Korea Republic of Korea, 1540 WMD Committee
Peace and Security in Africa Nigeria Nigeria, Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa Ad Hoc Working Group
Peacekeeping Operations UK Rwanda, Peacekeeping Operations Working Group
Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict UK UK, Protection of Civilians Informal Expert Group
Women and Peace and Security UK on 1325 women’s participation; US on 1820 sexual violence in conflict N/A
Working Methods Argentina Argentina, Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions

N.A.= Not Applicable

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