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Procedural Rules

1948

Rule 83, Chapter XII of the Rules of Procedure for the General Assembly

“Decisions of the General Assembly on important questions shall be made by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting. These questions shall include: recommendations with respect to the maintenance of international peace and security, the election of the non-permanent members of the Security Council, the election of the members of the Economic and Social Council, the election of members of the Trusteeship Council in accordance with paragraph 1 c of Article 86 of the Charter, the admission of new Members to the United Nations, the suspension of the rights and privileges of membership, the expulsion of Members, questions relating to the operation of the trusteeship system, and budgetary questions.”

Rule 141, Chapter XV of the Rules of Procedure for the General Assembly

“When the Security Council has submitted its recommendation on the appointment of the Secretary-General, the General Assembly shall consider the recommendation and vote upon it by secret ballot in a private meeting.”

1982

Rule 48, Chapter IX of the Provisional Rules of Procedure of the Security Council

“Unless it decides otherwise, the Security Council shall meet in public. Any recommendation to the General Assembly regarding the appointment of the Secretary-General shall be discussed and decided at a private meeting.”

Rule 55, Chapter IX of the Provisional Rules of Procedure for the Security Council

“At the close of each private meeting the Security Council shall issue a communiqué through the Secretary-General.”