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Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council

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The Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council is an official publication of the United Nations whose primary purpose is to provide Member States, including those elected to serve on the Security Council, the United Nations system, academics and others with a source of information regarding the evolving practice of the Security Council on constitutional, procedural and substantive matters.

The Repertoire provides comprehensive coverage of the Security Council’s interpretation and application of the United Nations Charter and its own Provisional Rules of Procedure. The publication also provides a summary, by agenda item, of the Security Council’s activities in the field of international peace and security.

The Repertoire was first created in 1952 following a mandate by the General Assembly by its resolution 686 (VII), and together with the supplemental volumes to the Repertoire, which covers the practice of the Security Council since its inception in 1946.

The material presented in the Repertoire is exclusively based on official documents of the Security Council, in particular the Council’s resolutions and decisions, the verbatim records of the Council’s meetings, the Secretary-General’s reports and the official correspondence from Member States. Each volume of the Repertoire covers a period from two to six years.

All volumes of the Repertoire are published in English and French.  In addition, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 55/222, from the 1985-1988 volume onwards Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish editions are available.

The Repertoire is prepared by the Security Council Practices and Charter Research Branch, which is the advisory and research arm of the Security Council Affairs Division and part of the Department of Political Affairs. In addition to preparing the Repertoire, the Branch provides guidance to Member States and the Secretariat on Council practice and procedure upon request, substantive servicing of the Security Council’s Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions and familiarization of new Council members on Council practice and procedure.

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