Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions

The Security Council Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions (IWG) was established in June 1993 to improve the process by which the Security Council addresses issues concerning its documentation and other procedural questions. The Working Group meets as agreed by members of the Security Council and makes recommendations, proposals and suggestions concerning the Council's documentation and other procedural questions.

The Informal Working Group has drafted a series of documents concerning the working methods of the Security Council, including measures to enhance its efficiency, transparency and interactivity, which have been adopted by the Security Council as Notes by the President. The Note by the President of 30 August 2017 (S/2017/507 Document PDF), drafted under the Chairmanship of Japan, is the most comprehensive compilation of these measures, integrating and further developing previous notes drafted by the Group under the Chairmanships of Portugal (2012); Argentina (2013–2014); Angola (2015); and Japan (2016).

On 27 December 2019, the Security Council issued eight additional Notes by the President (S/2019/990, S/2019/991, S/2019/992, S/2019/993, S/2019/994, S/2019/995, S/2019/996, S/2019/997), drafted by the Group under the Chairmanship of Kuwait (2018-19), addressing the following topics:

  • Provisional programme of work
  • Wrap-up sessions
  • Reports of the Secretary-General in connection with consultations with troop- and police-contributing countries
  • Selection of Chairs of subsidiary bodies
  • Security Council missions
  • Timeline for the adoption of the Annual Report to the General Assembly
  • Participation of incoming elected members
  • The gender pronoun used in the Provisional Rules of Procedure

 

Click here for a comprehensive list of all notes by the President issued by the Security Council on working methods since 1993.