499. Security Council: composition and decision-making.

499.     Security Council: composition and decision-making.

The Security Council consists of 15 members, namely the five permanent members (China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States) and ten other members elected by the General Assembly1. Each member has one representative2, and one vote3. Decisions are taken on procedural matters by an affirmative vote of nine members4. On all other matters decisions must be taken by an affirmative vote of nine members, including the concurring votes of the permanent members5.