The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, its main task being the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as establishing peacekeeping operations, international sanctions, and authorizing military actions through Security Council resolutions. The Security Council consists of 15 member states. The great powers, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, and the United States serve as the body’s five permanent members. These permanent members can veto any substantive Security Council resolution, including those on the admission of new member states or candidates for Secretary General. The Security Council also has 10 non-permanent members, elected on a regional basis to serve staggered two-year terms. What’s more, the body’s presidency rotates monthly among its members.
The Security Council held its first session on 17th January 1946 at Church House, Westminster, London. Since then, the Security Council has taken permanent residence at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. It also travelled to many cities, holding sessions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1972, in Panama City, Panama, and in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1990. The UNSC’s resolutions are typically enforced by UN peacekeepers – military forces voluntarily provided by member states, and funded independently of the main UN budget.
The UN Security Council, honoring the 10th anniversary edition of BISMUN, has no specific Topic of Discussion. The “Open Agenda” permits the SC Delegates to study, research and form their policies on a variety of issues that they will decide together with the other delegates of the Committee. Before arriving to the Chamber, the Ambassadors will be provided an indicative Study Guide, and not exhaustive in any aspect, which will include basic information on a number of issues that threaten international peace and security. The Ambassadors of the Permanent 5 Members, the Temporary 10 Members and the honorable Observers that the Council will host, during the discussions, will have the chance to elaborate on their desired agenda and initiate the dialogue on the topics that their country considers more valuable and constructive for the international community (or just for their national interests, for what it counts).
If you consider yourself as an experienced delegate, or as a semi-experienced delegate with great potential, or even if you are as bold as to be a rookie, claiming a spot in the “League of Fame”, you have no reason to hesitate…join us in the most legendary UN Security Council of all BISMUN editions and let the games begin (or have they started already?).
Country Matrix Security Council
|People's Republic of China|
|The Russian Federation|