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

Sievers, Loraine, and Sam Daws. The Procedure of the UN Security Council (Fourth Edition). New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

The Procedure of the UN Security Council is the definitive book of its kind, and has been widely read by UN diplomats and scholars for nearly 40 years. This comprehensively revised new edition adds over 450 pages of material documenting the extensive and rapid innovations in the Council’s procedures over the past two decades. A one-stop handbook and guide, with meticulous referencing, this new edition provides unique insight into the inside workings of the world’s preeminent body for the maintenance of international peace and security. Thoroughly grounded in the history and politics of the Security Council, the book explains the Council’s role in its wider UN Charter context. It also examines the Council’s relations with other UN organs and with its own subsidiary bodies. These include the remarkable expansion in UN peacekeeping, peacebuilding and political missions, sanctions and counter-terrorism bodies, and international legal tribunals. This new edition contains detailed analysis of voting and decision-taking by the Council, as well as the place, format, and conduct of meetings. It also seeks to illuminate the personalities behind the Council’s work – ranging from the diplomats who sit on the Council itself to the UN Secretary-General, and those outside the Council affected by its decisions. The fourth edition concludes with reflections on the improvements that have made to the Council’s procedures over many decades, and the scope for further reform.

Website for The Procedure of the UN Security Council (Fourth Edition) “This website is maintained by Loraine Sievers, who is exclusively responsible for its contents. She expresses her appreciation to Sam Daws and to Oxford University Press for their permission to establish the website, the purpose of which is to supplement the information contained in the book so as to encompass more recent developments which reflect the UN Council’s current procedures and working methods.”

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.