Our history

Our history

Elect The Council

Elect The Council is an initiative for comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council.  It advocates for global powers and coalitions of states that meet 3 criteria to automatically serve on the UN Security Council, for 24 countries to be elected on a proportional basis to the Council for 3-year terms and to do away with the system of permanent members and veto rights over an 18-year transitional period.


2015-05-14

This seminar began a series of global consultations to discuss and refine Elect the Council’s approach. The seminar was attended

2015-06-15

On 15 June the ISS hosted a seminar titled “Now is the time for UN Security Council reform” at the

2015-06-18

Elect the Council hosted two roundtable consultations in Addis Ababa, with representatives from governments, NGO’s, UN and AU. The consultations

2016-02-25

On 25 February the ISS hosted a consultative closed roundtable in Pretoria on Elect The Council. The meeting was attended

2016-04-04

On 4 April Dr Cilliers was invited by PRIO to give presentations at the Norwegian MFA on African Futures research

2016-04-18

On 18-19 April Dr Cilliers travelled to Turkey by invitation of the Turkish government. He met with several government and

2016-05-03

On 3 May Elect The Council co-hosted a seminar titled ” On New actors, new thinking: moving UNSC reform forward” with

2016-05-09

During 9-14 May Elect The Council held consultations in Berlin with the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and with the

2016-05-27

On 27 May Dr Cilliers travelled to Nigeria, Abuja, to attend the Nigeria Summit on national security, and while in

2016-06-03

From 2-3 June Dr Cilliers held individual meetings with the representatives of Carnegie; Mr Stephen Del Rosso, the World Federation

2016-06-15

On 15 June Dr Cilliers travelled to London and met with The Elders CEO, Mr Andrew Whitley. While in London

2016-08-30

From 30 Aug – 4 September, Dr Cilliers held consultations on Elect The Council in Berlin while participating at the

2016-09-27

On 27 September Elect The Council met with Mr Eugenio V. Garcia, Minister and Head of the United Nations Division

2016-10-26

On 26 October informal consultations on Elect The Council were held in Addis Ababa with the local representatives of key

2016-11-09

On 9 November Elect The Council hosted a closed roundtable event on version 4 at the ISS Pretoria seminar room.

2017-01-26

On 26 January Elect The Council had a consultation with Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Secretary General of CIVICUS, a global alliance

2017-02-27

During 27 February – 4 March Dr Cilliers had meeting on Elect The Council with Mr Karel Lannoo, Director, CEPS

2017-03-30

On 30 March Elect The Council held a small, off the record and exploratory roundtable meeting with the C10 committee

2017-05-03

On 3 May Elect The Council hosted a small consultative roundtable. The invitation was extended to the Pretoria representatives of

2017-05-10
Dr Cilliers with Ambassadors of Uganda and Burundi in New York. On 10 May Elect The

2017-05-12

In May, after the New York consultations, Dr Cilliers flew to Kampala for a meeting with the Ugandan Minister of

2017-06-06

In June Proof Africa Communication was contracted to: develop a strategy for Elect The Council; coordinate high-level workshops and meetings

2017-06-07

On 7 June Elect The Council hosted a roundtable with the C10 Africa group Pretoria representatives. Dr Cilliers provided feedback

2017-09-01

On 1 September Dr Cilliers participated at the SEF (Development and Peace Foundation) editorial meeting on Global Trends in Berlin,

2017-09-06

During 6-8 September Dr Cilliers was invited to participate at the DCF Argentina High-Level Symposium: South-South Triangular Cooperation for Achieving

2017-10-04

On 4 October Dr Cilliers spoke on the Elect The Council at a dinner hosted by Mr. Gaddam Dharmendra, Joint

2017-10-13

On 13 October Elect The Council hosted a seminar ahead of a proposed meeting with the Permanent Representatives in New

2017-10-22

During 22-28 October Dr Cilliers met with several groupings (UfC, G77, Nordics) in New York to discuss Elect The Council

2017-10-31

On 31 October Dr Cilliers gave a presentation on Elect The Council at Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s Symposium

2017-11-17

On 17-19 November Dr Cilliers participated at the Halifax Security Forum and used the opportunity to hold bilateral consultations on