#RESTRAINTHEVETO #ACTcodeofConduct

IN MASS ATROCITY SITUATIONS

Realizing Restraint

Global support for a more responsible UN Security Council is growing. 117 countries support both the Accountability, Coherence and Transparency (ACT) Group's Code of Conduct and the French/Mexican Declaration.

ACT CODE OF CONDUCT

The 25-member Accountability, Coherence and Transparency (ACT) Group of states has proposed a 'Code of conduct regarding Security Council action against genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes'. The initiative is aimed not only at Permanent Members of the Council, but for any member or any state that might become a member. 112 countries from every region of the world now count themselves as signatories.

FRENCH/MEXICAN DECLARATION

Initially proposed by President Francois Hollande at the UN and in an op-ed in the New York Times by the Foreign Minister, the Government of France has led efforts to secure voluntary restraint on the use of the veto by the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council. With the support of the Government of Mexico, France has launched a 'Political Declaration on suspension of veto powers in cases of mass atrocity', now open to signatures by all member states of the United Nations. Currently 96 member states have signed on.