United Nations Security Council Resolution 1631

United Nations Security Council resolution 1631, adopted unanimously on 17 October 2005, after recalling Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter, the Council addressed co-operation between the United Nations and regional organisations in the maintenance of international peace and security.[1]

UN Security Council
Resolution 1631
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International organisations
Date17 October 2005
Meeting no.5,282
CodeS/RES/1631 (Document)
SubjectCooperation between the United Nations and regional organisations in maintaining international peace and security
Voting summary
  • 15 voted for
  • None voted against
  • None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

The resolution was the first time the Council had outlined such co-operation.[2]


In the preamble of the resolution, the Council recalled initiatives since January 1993 to improve co-ordination between the United Nations and regional organisations. It emphasised that the contribution of regional organisations could complement the work of the United Nations in maintaining international peace and security. The capacity of regional organisations was to be strengthened and the Council acknowledged the resolve of the 2005 World Summit to increase the role of regional organisations.[3] A decision to establish at Peacebuilding Commission was also welcomed.


Further expressing its determination to increase co-operation between the United Nations and regional organisations, the Council urged all states to increase the capacity of the organisations in conflict prevention and crisis management, particularly in Africa.[4] It was also important for regional organisations to deploy peacekeeping units quickly, tackle illegal arms trafficking, encourage regional co-operation and hold high-level meetings with the United Nations.

The Secretary-General Kofi Annan was requested to submit a report on the opportunities and challenges of co-operation between regional organisations and the United Nations, and to include co-operation with regional organisations in his regular reports to the Council on peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions.

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  1. ^ "Security Council highlights need to further strengthen co-operation between UN, regional organisations in maintenance of international peace, security". United Nations. 17 October 2005.
  2. ^ Wu, Anne (2009). "A Regional-Global Paradigm for Implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy" (PDF). Defence Against Terrorism Review. 2 (2): 83–98. ISSN 1307-9190. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2012.
  3. ^ Kaczorowska, Alina (2010). Public International Law. Taylor & Francis. p. 776. ISBN 978-0-415-56685-8.
  4. ^ Zwanenburg, Marten (2006). "Regional Organisations and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Three Recent Regional African Peace Operations". Journal of Conflict & Security Law. 11 (3): 483. doi:10.1093/jcsl/krl023.

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