Since 2006, Switzerland has been actively engaged in efforts to improve the working methods of the UN Security Council. In line with the UN's 2005 World Summit outcome document, the aim is to adapt the Security Council's working methods so as to increase the involvement in its work of states, which are not members of the Council, enhance its accountability to the membership and increase the transparency of its work.
As coordinator of the group "Accountability, Coherence and Transparency" (ACT), Switzerland is actively engaged in improving the Council's working methods. ACT was established in May 2013 and builds on the work of a previous, smaller group of five countries (Costa Rica, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Singapore and Switzerland) known as the "Small Five". ACT comprises 25 countries from all regions of the world.
ACT recognises and commends efforts made by the Security Council to improve its working methods but notes that the implementation of measures adopted has often proven to be unsatisfactory or inconsistent. Additional measures are needed to enable the Security Council to carry out its mandate with maximum efficiency and effectiveness.