Elect the Council History

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.

By the end of 2023 Elect The Council had presented and discussed various versions of the proposal in meetings with civil society, think tanks and governments in Berlin, Brussels, London, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Nairobi, Abuja, Seoul, New Delhi, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Ankara, New York, Denver and Beijing. In addition, a large group of diplomats have attended many of the briefings on this proposal, particularly in South Africa and New York. Through a concerted outreach program, different versions of the concept were distributed to key missions in New York and to more than 100 global think-tanks.

With funding and support from the Ford Foundation and the ISS, Elect The Council has continued to make steady progress and has started gaining traction among international fora.

Click here to see previous versions of the concept notes on how Elect The Council proposes effective UNSC reform.

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