Security Council Affairs Division

The Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD) is part of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). SCAD provides substantive and secretariat support to the 15-member Security Council in carrying out its critical responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security. The Division consists of three branches and the Military Staff Committee Secretariat.

Security Council Secretariat Branch

The Security Council Secretariat Branch directly supports the daily work of the Council, especially its rotating monthly presidency, facilitates the holding of its formal and informal meetings and other activities, manages the Council’s monthly and daily programme of work, provides procedural advice and supports Council missions to countries and regions of concern.

Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch

Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch (SCSOB) supports Security Council subsidiary bodies, including sanctions committees, the Counter Terrorism Committee, the 1540 Committee on threats caused by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as the Security Council Committee on Admission of New Members and the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict. The Branch also assists sanctions monitoring groups, teams and panels, providing them with logistical support and substantive guidance. In addition, the Branch provides support to the Security Council on the implementation of resolution 2231 (2015) on the Iran nuclear issue.

Security Council Practices and Charter Research Branch

Security Council Practices and Charter Research Branch (SCPCRB) is the advisory and research arm of the Security Council on practice and procedure. Among its core functions, the Branch prepares the Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council, which is the only official and comprehensive coverage of the Security Council’s interpretation and  application of  the Charter and Provisional Rules of Procedure since 1946.

Military Staff Committee Secretariat

The core functions of the Military Staff Committee Secretariat are providing secretariat support and advice to the Military Staff Committee in the preparation for, conduct of and action arising from the Committee's meetings.  

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