Publication – Reforming the Working Methods of the UN Security Council

This FES Perspective argues that the continuing discussion about the reform of the UN Security Council should not only focus on the highly contentious issues of composition and membership. Rather, attention should be given to low-profile measure such as the overhauling of the body’s procedural practices. Colin Keating demonstrates that the improvement of the Council’s working methods could serve as a relatively quick fix for boosting the body’s overall performance. Procedural reforms appear to be a less controversial issue among Member States, and do not require any interminable amendment of the Charter. Among the first measures to be implemented are a revitalized focus on Peacebuilding, better involvement of troop-contributing countries, and the development of a proactive culture of conflict prevention.

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