UN Documents for Security Council Working Methods: Security Council Letters

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29 May 2020 S/2020/458 This was the Chair’s summary of the high-level open Arria-formula meeting of the Security Council on the theme “Seventy-five years from the end of the Second World War on European soil”.
19 May 2020 S/2020/418 This was the 15 May open VTC session in lieu of the annual open debate on Working Methods.
7 May 2020 S/2020/372 This was a letter from the Council president for the month of May, Estonia, concerning the working methods during their presidency.
7 May 2020 S/2020/374 This was a concept note transmitted by Estonia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for the annual open debate on the working methods of the Security Council.
2 April 2020 S/2020/273 This was a letter from the president of the Security Council to permanent representatives of Council members containing a paper on the working methods of the Security Council for the month. of April 2020.
30 March 2020 S/2020/252 This was a letter to the president of the Security Council from the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency group of 25 member states raised concerns about the Council’s ability to discharge its mandate. It also warned that unless the Council was able to continue to adapt its working methods to the unprecedented circumstances, “the present way of operating also risks undermining progress made over the years in strengthening the transparency, inclusion and accountability of the Council towards the wider UN membership”.
27 March 2020 S/2020/253 This was a letter from the president of the Security Council to permanent representatives of Council members describing temporary measures to be applied during the COVID-19 period, in particular the written voting procedure.
19 July 2019 S/2019/582 This letter called on the Council “to expedite the adoption of the 2018 annual report” and “to submit the report to the Assembly in all working languages at least two weeks before the presentation, to facilitate the report’s substantive discussion”.
29 May 2019 S/2019/450 This was the concept note for the Security Council open debate on the theme “Working methods of the Security Council”, held on 6 June 2019.
14 February 2019 S/2019/144 This was the report of the 16th annual workshop for the newly elected members of the Security Council, which was held on 29 and 30 November 2018.
11 February 2019 S/2019/129 This was a letter from Sweden to the president of the Security Council containing the assessment of Sweden’s January 2017 presidency of the Security Council.
13 November 2018 S/2018/1024 This was a letter to the president of the Council from the elected ten and incoming five members.
30 April 2018 S/2018/404 This was the report of the 15th annual workshop for the newly elected members of the Security Council, which was held on 2 and 3 November.
5 April 2018 A/72/849-S/2018/399 These were identical letters from Kuwait requesting that the summary of views and proposals from the open debate on working methods be issued as a document of the Council and General Assembly.
1 February 2018 S/2018/85 This was a letter from the Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the UN to the Secretary-General with the concept note for the ministerial briefing on the theme "Purposes and principles of the Charter of the UN in the maintenance of international peace and security".