Research Reports

Longer in-depth analysis of particularly significant Council decisions, processes or practices.

  • This report provides a comprehensive account of developments in the Security Council and General Assembly from the beginning to the end of the process, describing the major changes that culminated in the choice of António Guterres as the next Secretary-General.

  • This is Security Council Report’s fifth research report dedicated to tracking the UN Security Council’s performance in integrating women, peace and security into its deliberations and outcomes.

  • Security Council Report has published a report on conflict prevention. 

  • Security Council Report’s fourth report on the rule of law focuses on the relationship between the Security Council and the International Court of Justice.

  • In this report, we examine the major developments that have occurred since October 2015 in both the General Assembly and the Security Council.

  • The 70th session of the UN General Assembly is scheduled to hold elections on 28 June for non-permanent members of the Security Council for 2017-2018. This is the first time that elections are being held six months ahead of the beginning of the term of office.

  • This report addresses what the peace operations review requires of the Council, identifying how the Council’s usual conduct of business often undermines the objectives it sets for itself, whether in preventing conflict or in designing realistic mandates.

  • This report examines the relationship between peace and security and human rights, and the role human rights have played in the thinking and action of the Security Council when it has been addressing conflicts worldwide.

  • This report provides a historical and institutional context for understanding UN natural resource sanctions.

  • 19 October 2015

    The Veto

    Security Council Report has published a report on the veto. It discusses current initiatives on veto restraint and describes the impact of the veto, and the threat of the veto, on Council decision-making.

  • The most important decision that the Security Council will take in 2016 will be the selection of the ninth Secretary-General of the UN. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s term ends on 31 December 2016.

  • On 15 October, the General Assembly is expected to hold elections for five members of the Security Council. The new members will take up their seats on 1 January 2016 and will serve on the Council until 31 December 2017. 

  • 20 August 2015

    The Rule of Law

    This is SCR's third Cross-Cutting Report on the Rule of Law

  • This is Security Council Report’s seventh Cross-Cutting Report on Children and Armed Conflict, continuing a series that began in 2008.

  • This is Security Council Report’s seventh Cross-Cutting Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, continuing a series that began with the publication of our first report on the subject in 2008.