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UNITED NATIONS

Passing a Security Council resolution

In order for a resolution to be adopted by the 15-member UN Security Council, it needs a minimum of nine “yes” votes, and it must avoid a veto by one of the five permanent members.

PERMANENT MEMBERS   ROTATING MEMBERS
STATUS
 
Pass
Resolution passes with a minimum of nine yes votes and without a veto from any of the permanent members.
 
Veto
A no vote from a permanent member is only considered a veto when a resolution otherwise receives nine or more yes votes.
 
Pass
Resolution passes with a minimum of nine yes votes; neither abstentions from permanent members or no votes from rotating members constitute a veto.
 
No
Resolution does not pass due to a lack of yes votes.
SOURCES: Associated Press; United Nations
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