The Working Methods Handbook highlights recent practices and newly agreed measures and serves as guidance for the Council's work. Recent documents related to this topic can be found on the Working Methods Handbook website, or in the UN Digital Library using the search term : "measures to enhance the efficiency and transparency of the work of the Security Council".
Each year in November a workshop, "Hitting the Ground Running", is held for Newly Elected Members of the Security Council. According to the report on the 2016 workshop (S/2017/468), its purpose is
"to give the newly elected members a deeper understanding of the dynamics, practices, procedures and working methods of the Security Council so that they are in a position to 'hit the ground running' when their terms on the Council commence the following January" .
The presidency of the Security Council rotates each month. Each president issues a forecast of the monthly programme of work, an informal, unsymbolled document.
Each president submits a report on the activities of the Security Council during the month of its presidency. It contains:
In addition, in January of each year the Secretary-General submits to the Security Council a list of items of which the Council is currently seized and matters that have been removed from consideration. This document is updated weekly by addenda: