The product of months of work by the Council’s Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Matters. In its section on “Notions on the Way Forward” the facilitators noted that maintaining the status quo is not acceptable to an overwhelming majority of Member States and proposed a transitional approach that included the creation of new non-permanent seats as well as four variations of an intermediate category.
- Extended seats that could be allocated for the full duration of the intermediary arrangement, including the possibility of recall.
- Extended seats, which would be for a longer period than the regular two- year term, but with the possibility of re-election. The length of the terms as well as the re-election modalities should be decided in negotiations.
- Extended seats, which would be for a longer period than the regular two-year term, but without the possibility of re-election. The length of the term should be decided in the negotiations.
- Non-permanent two-year seats with the possibility of immediate re-election.
The note also recommended numerous measures to limit the use of the veto that included:
- Ways of enhancing accountability for the use of the veto.
- Limitations of the scope of application of the veto.
- Individual or collective pledges to refrain from its use in certain instances.
Other recommendations related to regional representation, options on the expansion of the size of the UNSC and improvements in the working methods of the UNSC. The options presented on the expansion of the size of the UNSC were:
- A limited expansion, believed to be supported by those Member States particularly concerned about the efficiency of the Council.
- A large expansion, believed to be supported by those Member States particularly concerned about the Security Council’s representativity
- A medium-size expansion that could reconcile the concerns of those who argue for an efficient Council with the views of those who underscore its
- A limited expansion in a first stage and a further expansion in the framework of the review.