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Can South Africa make a difference
on a fractured Security Council?

Old alliances are breaking, enabling the 10 non-permanent
members to potentially bridge their divides.

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Unblocking the Security Council

The power of the P5 doesn’t benefit global security. It’s time to change the UN Security Council!

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Proposals for Reform

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UNSC Reform

Why reform of the UN Security Council is vital?

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History of Reform

Fifty-one states ratified the Charter of the United Nations in October 1945, how have things evolved?

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Elect The Council

Elect The Council is an international campaign for the reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In addition to engagement with UN member states, support and participation is being solicited from civil society, churches, business, non-governmental organisations and regional groupings. Elect The Council is working towards an enabling resolution to effect UNSC reform by two-thirds of the members of the UN General Assembly, based on a detailed set of recommendations tailored to the emerging world order. The campaign is coordinated by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

UNSC Reform

Can South Africa make a difference on a fractured Security Council?
Can South Africa make a difference on a…

South Africa was once ‘a giant in the world and our reputation was well known, because of what we represented’, says the country’s International Relations…

TRT World Report – Rethinking the United Nations
TRT World Report – Rethinking the United Nations

  The UN has failed many times over the last few decades. TRT World spoke to experts to see how they think the organisation should…

Unblocking the Security Council
Unblocking the Security Council

  The power of the P5 doesn’t benefit global security. It’s time to change the UN Security Council!

From a 20th century relic to effective security governance
From a 20th century relic to effective security…

The United Nations Security Council lies at the heart of the global security architecture. It was established in 1945 to maintain international peace and security,…

SA returns to the UN Security Council with a new leader
SA returns to the UN Security Council with…

By happy coincidence, South Africa will take a seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council next year with Cyril Ramaphosa at the helm of…

Current Proposal
Current Proposal

  The UN Security Council can’t stay rooted in 70-year-old practices. It’s time for change, here’s why and how.

Elect The Council version 5
Elect The Council version 5

  The UN Security Council can’t stay rooted in 70-year-old practices. It’s time for change.

Civil society unveils detailed proposals on UNSC reform
Civil society unveils detailed proposals on UNSC reform

Earlier this week, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) loaded Version 4 of its proposals for the reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)…

No shortcuts to UNSC reform
No shortcuts to UNSC reform

When the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened on 15 September 2015, reforming the UN Security Council (UNSC) was again on the agenda.…

Confront the P5: why the UN Security Council must change
Confront the P5: why the UN Security Council…

After more than two decades of work on African peace and security, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) recently unveiled Elect the Council: an ambitious…

Our team

Headed by Jakkie Cilliers, the Elect The Council team is dedicated to advocating for UN Security Council reform. Join the campaign by contacting us today.
Jakkie Cilliers
Head of the African Futures and Innovation
Anu Klaassens
Anu Klaassens
Programme Officer
Lily Welborn
Lily Welborn
Researcher

How far has Elect The Council progressed?

Through consultations, meetings and lobbying across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, we have refined the concept from a broad idea to a well founded proposal for a legitimate and effective UN Security Council. Click here to download the current concept note and summary of our proposal.

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