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Security Council Veto

Russia vetoes a Security Council resolution.

You have already learned that the Security Council is the “police officer” of the UN, and it consists of 15 members:

Passing a SC resolution requires at least 9 of the 15 possible votes. Also, importantly, each of the P5 has veto power over any SC resolution. (Veto power is the power to cancel a decision made by a group of voters). This means that if any of the P5 votes against a resolution, the resolution automatically fails (even if all the other members are in favor of it).

 

Check Your Understanding

  1. How many members are on the Security Council? 
  2. This term refers to the power to cancel a decision made by a group of voters.
  3. How many members of the Security Council are “permanent members”?
  4. List the five permanent members of the Security Council.
  5. How many members of the Security Council have veto power? Who are they?
  6. How many votes are required to pass a Security Council resolution?
  7. How many of the P5 must vote “Yes” on a SC resolution in order for the resolution to pass?
  8. If all the permanent members of the Security Council agree they want to pass a resolution, how many more votes do they need in order for the resolution to pass?
  9. True or False: All 15 members of the Security Council have veto power.