Security Council

For our third conference edition, we have chosen, for the first time, to host a Security Council committee. Besides being part of the most powerful UN committees, the small committee size – no more than 15 delegates – gives you a generous platform for intense debates on topics soon to be announced. Navigate friendships and enmities carefully, because your doings will have a very real impact on the world… Prepare for some hard-core negotiation!

In a world plagued by constant struggle for power, the Security Council provides respite to unheard voices.The United Nations Security Council is a committee that challenges delegates to combine creative crisis arcs with a high level of debate relevant to world politics.
Under the Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members, and each Member has one vote. All Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. In some cases, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.

Seventy years on, hardly anyone claims the Security Council is free from criticism. The divisions in the Security Council over Iraq in 2003 are particularly relevant today because it has lead some to evoke a parallel with the League of Nations, a body that had been created with great hopes at the end of the First World War but which was reduced to debating the standardisation of European gauges, the day Germans marched into Poland. But such comparisons are in our view a little overstated as Mark Twain put it when he saw his own obituary in the newspaper, 'I do think the reports of our demise are exaggerated and yet we live with the paradox.'

Get further information: www.un.org/securitycouncil/

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