[council] Abstentions

Philip Sheppard philip.sheppard at aim.be
Thu Sep 24 11:38:27 UTC 2009

Sorry the link below is useless unless you use their search facility and enter
in the  'Symbol' field  A/520/REV.17
Anyway the relevant UN rule is:
Rule 86 [126]  For the purposes of these rules, the phrase "members present and
voting" means members casting an affirmative or negative vote. Members which
abstain from voting are considered as not voting.


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Subject: [council] Abstentions

In case of interest (and sorry to be posting so much on this) the point about
abstentions not counting as a vote is standard practise in all other
international organisations.
The definitive rules of procedure in international relations are those of the UN
General Assembly; these rules date back in their original version to a
codification of customary Rules of Procedure which was made for the Congress of
Vienna early in the 19th century. The Rules have been continually amended and
improved ever since. Robert's Rules of Order and all other recognised rules of
procedure are all derived from the UN General Assembly Rules.
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