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The Security Council has primary responsibility, under the UN Charter, for the maintenance of international peace and security. Organized to function continuously, a representative of each of its members must be present at all times at United Nations Headquarters. The Council consists of 15 members: five permanent members with veto power (China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America) and ten non-permanent members (Membership: Argentina (2014), Australia (2014), Chad (2015), Chile (2015), Jordan (2015), Lithuania (2015), Luxembourg (2014), Nigeria (2015), Republic of Korea (2014), Rwanda (2014)), five of which are elected each year by the General Assembly for a two-year term.  Website: www.un.org/en/sc/
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Letter dated 18 March 2009 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council: Report of the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide on his mission to the Great Lakes region from 22 November to 5 December 2008 with respect to the situation in North Kivu

19 March 2009 | Publisher: UN Security Council | Document type: Mission Reports

Security Council resolution 1856 (2008) [on extension of the mandate of the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC)]

22 December 2008 | Publisher: UN Security Council | Document type: Resolutions/Recommendations/Declarations

Statement by the President of the Security Council [made on behalf of the Security Council, at the 6058th meeting, 22 Dec. 2008, in connection with the Council's consideration of the item entitled "The situation in the Great Lakes region"]

22 December 2008 | Publisher: UN Security Council | Document type: Presidential Statements

Security Council resolution 1857 (2008) [on renewal of measures on arms embargo against all non-governmental entities and individuals operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo]

22 December 2008 | Publisher: UN Security Council | Document type: Resolutions/Recommendations/Declarations

Fourth special report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

21 November 2008 | Publisher: UN Security Council | Document type: Country Reports

Security Council resolution 1843 (2008) [authorizing a temporary increase in the authorized military and formed police strength of the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo]

20 November 2008 | Publisher: UN Security Council | Document type: Resolutions/Recommendations/Declarations

Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

10 November 2008 | Publisher: UN Security Council | Document type: Country Reports

Statement by the President of the Security Council [made on behalf of the Security Council, at the 6006th meeting, 29 Oct. 2008, in connection with the Council's consideration of the item entitled "The situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo"]

29 October 2008 | Publisher: UN Security Council | Document type: Presidential Statements

Statement by the President of the Security Council [made on behalf of the Security Council, at the 5998th meeting, 21 Oct. 2008, in connection with the Council's consideration of the item entitled "The situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo"]

21 October 2008 | Publisher: UN Security Council | Document type: Presidential Statements

Report of the Security Council mission to Djibouti (on Somalia), the Sudan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Côte d'Ivoire, 31 May to 10 June 2008

15 July 2008 | Publisher: UN Security Council | Document type: Country Reports

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