This entry is about the Third Edition of The Procedure of the UN Security Council, for a description of the Fourth Edition of this work please click here.

Bailey, Sydney Dawson and Sam Daws. The Procedure of the UN Security Council (Third Edition). New York: Oxford University Press, 1998

The third edition of this definitive study of Security Council procedure traces the extensive changes in the Council’s working methods which followed the end of the Cold War. These changes included increased recourse to informal consultations, the Council members’ search for greater consensus in their decision-making, and measures to enhance the Council’s transparency.  Through detailed case studies, textual analysis and lively anecdotes, this third edition captures the essence and atmosphere of how the Council carried out its work during the years up to 1997.

Entry submitted by Loraine Sievers

About the author of this entry: Loraine Sievers served the United Nations for over thirty years, concluding her career as Chief of the Security Council Secretariat Branch. She also participated as the Secretariat expert to the Security Council Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions from 2006 to 2011. Previously, Ms. Sievers served as Secretary to the Afghanistan and Sierra Leone Sanctions Committees, Programme Officer in the Iraq Oil for Food Programme, political analyst in the Regional Affairs Division, and speechwriter.