Agenda Items in 1996-1999 (Chapter VIII of the Repertoire)

Chapter VIII of the Repertoire provides an overview of the role of the Council in its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security on each of the agenda items that it is seized of. It is a record of the origins of the Council’s involvement in a particular situation and how it interpreted and applied the Charter and its Provisional Rules of Procedure in connection with this situation.

This chapter includes summaries of public discussions in the Council, reports and other documents considered during Council meetings, as well as the full text (1946-1999) or summaries (2000-present) of all resolutions, presidential statements or other decisions taken by the Council on a particular agenda item.

While these studies examine all decisions of the Council and the immediate constitutional and procedural background to those decisions, discussions that relate to specific Charter articles or to the Council’s provisional rules of procedure will generally have been included in case studies in other chapters, for instance on pacific settlement of disputes,Chapter VII of the Charter, and regional arrangements. As a result, more details on specific agenda items are available in other chapters and, from 2000 onwards, cross-references are provided.

For ease of reference, agenda items – the topics under consideration by the Council – have been organized either by region (Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe and Middle East), or by general/thematic items (such as “Children in armed conflict”). For a short description of each agenda item based on the content of the Repertoire, please see the studies by region and topic pages.


1. The situation concerning Western Sahara

2. The situation in Liberia

3. The situation in Somalia 

4. The situation in Angola  

5. Items relating to the situation in Rwanda

6. The situation in Burundi

7. Letters dated 20 and 23 December 1991 from France, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America

8. The situation in Sierra Leone 

9. Letter dated 9 January 1996 from the Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council, concerning the extradition of the suspects wanted in the assassination attempt on the life of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Addis Ababa on 26 June 1995

10. The situation in the Great Lakes region

11. Items relating to the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

12. The situation in the Central African Republic

13. The situation in the Republic of Congo

14. The situation in Africa

15. The situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia

16. The situation in Guinea-Bissau


17. Central America: efforts towards peace

18. The question concerning Haiti  

19. Shooting down of two civil aircraft on 24 February 1996


20. The situation in East Timor

21. The situation in Cambodia

22. The situation in Tajikistan and along the Tajik-Afghan border

23. The situation in Afghanistan

24. Letter dated 31 March 1998 from the Charge d'affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Papua New Guinea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/1998/287)

25. Letters dated 23 September and 3 and 11 October 1996 from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council; 
Letters dated 23 and 27 September 1996 from the Permanent Representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council and to the Secretary-General respectively


26. The situation in Cyprus

27. Items relating to the situation in the former Yugoslavia

A. The situation in the former Yugoslavia

B. The situation in Croatia

C. The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

D. International Criminal Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991

E. The situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

F. Items relating the situation in Kosovo, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

28. The situation in Georgia

29. The situation in Albania

Middle East

30. The situation in the Middle East

31. The situation in the Occupied Arab territories

32. The situation between Iraq and Kuwait

Thematic issues

33. Security of United Nations operations

34. Items relating to peacekeeping operations

35. International Tribunals for Serious Humanitarian Violations Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

36. Signature of the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (The Treaty of Pelindaba)

37. Protection for humanitarian assistance to refugees and others in conflict situations

38. The responsibility of the Security Council in the maintenance of international peace and security

39. Children and armed conflict

40. Threats to peace and security caused by international terrorists acts

41. Maintenance of peace and security and post-conflict peace-building

42. Items relating to promoting peace and security

43. Protection of civilians in armed conflict

44. Small Arms

45. Role of the Security Council in the prevention of armed conflicts