Committee Name: United Nations Security Council (UNSC), 2018
Organ: Councils, Boards, and Courts (CBCs)
Undersecretary-General: Jaebok Lee
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Claudia Leonor
Chair and Crisis Manager: Russell Guertin and Garrett Hinck
Topic A: Mitigation of Humanitarian Affects of the Syrian Civil War and Solutions to the Conflict
Topic B: North Korean Nuclear Program and Deescalation of Conflict and Tension in the Region
Access the Topic Abstract for this committee here.
A Letter from the Crisis Manager and Chair
Bienvenue, Bienvenido, Добро пожаловать أهلاً و سهل, 歡迎光臨, Welcome Delegates!
Welcome to the United Nations Security Council! As the foremost international body endowed with maintaining international peace and security, in 2018 the Security Council faces the most pressing challenges to the global order – international terrorism, violations of international law, nuclear proliferation, as well as a rapidly expanding international humanitarian crisis. The Security Council’s five permanent members – the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China exercise an enormous amount of influence on the world stage, and the rotating ten non-permanent members provide additional weight to the Security Council’s decisions. The five permanent members can veto any resolution, and thus the Council must achieve consensus before it can take serious action – making cooperation vital among delegates.
At this meeting of the Security Council, the members will consider the issue of humanitarian intervention in response to repeated violations of international law and expanding terrorism in places such as Syria, the Philippines, Sudan, and Yemen. Restoring international peace and security in these areas will require collective action – but members must also be cognizant of preserving international law as constituted under the UN Charter. Tensions between Russia, China, and the United States, with the changing political leadership in France and the United Kingdom will make these discussions even more contentious.
International security will also be a key topic for the Security Council, as means such as cyber warfare and nuclear proliferation have challenged the sovereignty of many of the world’s leading states. The accords that the Security Council reaches on questions such as North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and the expansion of cyber warfare will shape the security landscape of the coming decade. You will be expected to integrate knowledge across issues to solve the most pressing crises of the day – and respond to new issues as they develop by bridging the deep divides in the international community, or risk global conflict.
We expect a weekend of contentious debate, crisis, and greatness from each of you. We look forward to meeting you all!
Garrett Hinck and Russell Guertin
Crisis Manager and Chair, United Nations Security Council