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2016 Highlights of Security Council Practice

In 2016 the Security Council held 256 meetings, adopted 77 resolutions and issued 19 presidential statements. It considered 48 agenda items, including one new agenda item in relation to Colombia. The Council dispatched five missions to the field, all of them to Africa. It further established one political mission, the United Nations Mission in Colombia. In addition, in 2016, the Council issued 1140 documents, the highest number of documents issued since 2012.

Being up-to-date with the practices of the Security Council can be an effective way of taking the pulse of complex international peace and security situations being seized and addressed by the United Nations, and the 2016 Highlights of Security Council Practice offers a snapshot of the activities of the Security Council during the course of the year. Through the use of graphs, charts and maps, the 2016 Highlights walks the readers through the most significant constitutional and procedural developments in the Council relating to meetings, missions, agenda, decisions and voting patterns, as well as subsidiary bodies in an accessible and visualized way and also compares statistical data about Security Council practices over the years.

The Highlights of Security Council Practice is produced every year since 2011 by the Security Council Practices and Charter Research Branch in the Security Council Affairs Division of the Department of Political Affairs. The Branch is responsible for the drafting of the Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council, which provides comprehensive coverage of the Security Council’s interpretation and application of the United Nations Charter and its own Provisional Rules of Procedure since 1946.  Besides, the Branch also maintains research tools which contain wealth of useful information on the Council’s procedural and constitutional topics including, inter alia, the mandates of current peacekeeping, peacebuilding and special political missions, sanctions regimes and restrictive measures authorized by the Council, and cross-cutting agenda items of the Council, namely, women and peace and security, children and armed conflict and protection of civilians.