Security Council Subsidiary Bodies

  • Every December, the chairs of the subsidiary bodies who will be leaving the Council at the end of the year provide a briefing on their experience.

    The Council will receive briefings from the five Permanent Representatives completing their countries’ two-year terms on the Council.

  • The insert  in this Forecast contains an updated list of Security Council penholders and chairs of subsidiary bodies as of January 2017. The table does not contain an exhaustive list of all the agenda items of which the Council is…
  • Every year, the Security Council revisits its allocation of chairmanships of its subsidiary bodies, a task entrusted to elected Council members. As this chart illustrates, there is scant correlation between the “penholders” for situation-specific agenda items and the chairs of the relevant subsidiary bodies.

  • December 2015

    Subsidiary Bodies

    MONTHLY FORECAST

    In December, the subsidiary body chairpersons from countries that will be finishing their two-year terms on the Council are expected to brief about their work and experiences chairing sanctions committees and working groups.

  • Tomorrow (28 October), Council members will be briefed in consultations by the chair of the 1533 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Dina Kawar (Jordan), on the Group of Experts’ (GoE) midterm report (S/2015/797). Kawar last briefed…

  • There have been several developments in the 2127 Central African Republic (CAR) Sanctions Committee recently. These include the Chair’s visit to the CAR, the Committee meeting with the countries of the region, discussion of the Panel of Experts’ (PoE) midterm…

  • Every year, the Security Council revisits its allocation of chairmanships of its subsidiary bodies, a task entrusted to elected Council members. As this chart illustrates, there is scant correlation between the “penholders” for situation-specific agenda items and the chairs of the relevant subsidiary bodies.

  • January 2015

    In Hindsight: Military Staff Committee

    MONTHLY FORECAST

    The UN Charter established a subsidiary body of the Council, the Military Staff Committee, with a mandate to advise and assist the Council on all questions relating to military requirements and the employment and command of forces placed at its disposal. However, the the Military Staff Committee soon became a victim of the Cold War divisions and never really got off the ground.

  • December 2014

    Subsidiary Bodies

    MONTHLY FORECAST

    In December, the subsidiary body chairpersons from countries that will be finishing their two-year term on the Council are expected to brief about their work and experience chairing the different sanctions committees and working groups.

  • 12 NOVEMBER 2014

    Finnish Workshop for Incoming Council Members

    WHAT'S IN BLUE

    The 12th annual workshop for incoming members of the Security Council will be held for two days (13-14 November), commencing tomorrow afternoon in Long Island, New York. The workshop is organised by the government of Finland in cooperation with the…

  • 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.

  • Who will chair each of almost two dozen subsidiary bodies of the Security Council (see the insert in this Forecast on Security Council Subsidiary Bodies: An Overview) is a question on many minds this time of the year. 

  • Every year, the Security Council revisits its allocation of chairmanships of its subsidiary bodies, a task entrusted to the elected Council members following deliberations between the P5 and separate consultations with the elected members. Decisions regarding the 2013 distribution were finalised during the last week of December 2012.

  • December 2012

    Security Council Subsidiary Bodies

    MONTHLY FORECAST

    The chairpersons of the subsidiary bodies whose countries will be finishing their term on the Council, are expected to brief the Council in December.

  • October 2012

    1988 Sanctions Committee Report

    MONTHLY FORECAST

    On 4 September the chair of the 1988 Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Peter Wittig (Germany), circulated the first report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team (S/2012/683), as well as the accompanying Committee position paper (S/2012/684) on the recommendations proposed by the Monitoring Team.