According to the Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It consists of 15 member states, with one vote given to each. Recognizable are the 5 permanent member states that are granted with a veto power. All of the other 10 member states are elected with two-year terms. Aligned to its task the Security Council meets whenever peace is threatened. It also has the unique power to make decisions that the member states are then obligated to implement.