Who we are

The Elect The Council team

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) (www.issafrica.org).

Our team

Jakkie Cilliers
Jakkie Cilliers
Head of the African Futures and Innovation
Dr Jakkie Cilliers is the Chairman of the ISS Board of Trustees and Head of the African Futures and Innovation team in Pretoria. Jakkie co-founded
Anu Klaassens
Anu Klaassens
Programme Officer
Anu Klaassens joined the ISS in 2013 as the executive assistant to the executive director. She is currently programme officer for the ISS’ African Futures
Lily Welborn
Lily Welborn
Researcher
Lily Welborn joined the in September 2017 as a researcher in the African Futures and Innovation Programme in Pretoria. Before coming to the ISS, Lily

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UNSC Reform

Peacekeeping needs a reformed UN Security Council
Peacekeeping needs a reformed UN Security Council

  To effectively oversee and manage future peacekeeping missions, the United Nations Security Council must reform.

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

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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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From a 20th century relic to effective security governance

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

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Current Proposal
Current Proposal

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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

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

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…

Elect The Council version 3
Elect The Council version 3

  Elect the Council is a global civil society initiative to advocate for countries to be elected on a proportional basis to the UN Security…

Civil society to tackle UN Security Council reform
Civil society to tackle UN Security Council reform

The world is changing, but not the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Established by 51 countries 70 years ago, the UN now has 193 member…