Chapter VIII indicates the chain of proceedings on the substance of each of the questions included in the report of the Security Council to the General Assembly under the heading “Questions considered by the Security Council under its responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security”. The range of questions covers broadly those that may be deemed to fall under chapters VI and VII of the Charter. Ancillary material from the provisional verbatim records bearing on relevant Articles of the Charter is presented in chapters X-XII.
As an outline of the proceedings of the Council in respect of the questions included in its agenda, chapter VIII constitutes a framework within which the ancillary legal and constitutional discussion recorded in chapters X-XII may be considered. The chapter is therefore an aid to the examination of the deliberations of the Council expressly related to the provisions of the Charter within the context of the chain of proceedings on the agenda item.
The questions are dealt with by region, for ease of reference. There is also a category of general issues.
The framework of the material for each question is provided by the succession of decisions within the purview of this chapter. Decisions related to the subject-matter of chapters I-VI of the Repertoire are, with certain exceptions, omitted as not relevant to the purpose of this chapter or of the ancillary chapters X-XII. The decisions are recorded in uniform manner. Affirmative decisions are included under a heading indicative of the content of the decision: be it in the form of a resolution, presidential statement or letter from the President of the Security Council to the Secretary-General. Negative decisions are entered under a heading indicative of the origin of the proposal or draft resolution. Affirmative decisions have been reproduced in full as constitutive of the practice of the Council, while negative decisions are indicated in summarized form. Where the negative decision relates to a draft resolution in connection with which discussion has taken place concerning the application of the Charter, the text of the relevant parts of the draft resolution will in most instances be found in chapters X-XII.