Security Council: Open Debate on Working Methods

Jul 19, 2016

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Mr. President,

Mindful of your request for brevity, I would like to briefly make the following three points:

First: We welcome the Council’s efforts to increase its transparency, inclusiveness and efficiency. We appreciate Japan’s initiative to consolidate and streamline Note 507 on the Council’s working methods. We welcome note S/2016/619 on the preparation of newly elected members of the SC and the selection of Chairs in the SC’s subsidiary bodies.

We support the practice of more frequent open debates, as well as Arria-formula meetings and wrap-up sessions. We encourage the Security Council to further engage in substantive and detailed briefings on its ongoing activities, as well as in the documentation and publication of decisions and other relevant matters.

Second: Germany reiterates its support for the French/Mexican initiative on voluntary veto restraint as well as for ACT’s Code of Conduct regarding Security Council action against genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Third: We consider the International Criminal Court as a crucial institution in fighting impunity and pursuing justice. We therefore stress the importance of increased cooperation and information sharing between the Security Council and the International Criminal Court in order to enable them to work together effectively and fulfill their mandates. 

Mr. President,

In conclusion, we consider it to be very important to improve the Council’s working methods, but we also urgently need a comprehensive, structural reform of the Security Council. We were encouraged to see convergences emerge among Member States during this year’s IGN on Security Council reform regarding all five reform pillars.  However, these convergences have not been consolidated in an updated “Framework Document” comprising the original positions of Member States. It is crucial to continue finding common ground in all five key issues in the next IGN and head straight to text-based negotiations.

I thank you.


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