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Annex to the letter dated 17 December 2010 from the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (November 2010)
During the month of November 2010, under the presidency of the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations, Mark Lyall Grant, the Security Council held 16 consultations of the whole and 18 formal meetings, including 2 private and 16 public meetings.
The public meetings included one at the ministerial level. On 16 November, the Council convened a high-level meeting on the Sudan, under the presidency of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, William Hague.
In November 2010, the Council adopted five resolutions and three presidential statements and issued five statements to the press.
In November, the Security Council sought to improve its working methods, in particular by making its debates and consultations more interactive. Under “Other matters” on 30 November, the members of the Security Council considered these innovations. They agreed that it would be beneficial to the Council’s work to streamline the introductions made by the presidency at the beginning of a meeting in the Security Council Chamber; to continue use of video-conferencing technology to provide updates from the field; and to hold more flexible and interactive consultations, including by reducing the use of speaker lists, recognizing that not all Council members may wish to speak on all issues and making better use of “Other matters” to discuss issues of current concern.
They further agreed to consider ways of enhancing the Council’s engagement on conflict prevention, including by devoting more time to this issue, developing the concept of a monthly briefing by the Department of Political Affairs, and making more use of high-level events to discuss issues of current concern. They also agreed to consider how to refresh Security Council informal formats, such as “Arria meetings”; and whether to divide the November debate in the General Assembly on the Security Council annual report and on reform of the Security Council into two separate sessions, the better to give each issue full consideration.