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As the only body of the United Nations given the power to create binding legislation and implement solutions without General Assembly approval, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) acts as a leader in international mediation and resolution. The fifteen countries of the UNSC – five permanent members and ten rolling members – may use their jurisdiction to immediately employ police/military action, economic sanctions, and peacekeeping forces. The goal of the UNSC is to work towards peace in the international community, in accordance to the UN Charter. Security Council delegates are required to have at least one year of prior model UN experience and must be knowledgeable about their countries and topics and adept at navigating parliamentary procedure and resolution drafting. Delegates will also participate in an exciting midnight crisis. Security Council is a fast-paced, powerful committee – experienced delegates willing to tackle big topics are welcome!
Topic A: Addressing Post-Election Violence in Developing Countries
Elections are a fundamental aspect of a democratic society, and with the growth of democracy worldwide, developing countries with already weak institutions are at great risk for political violence and turmoil. Many developing countries hosting fragile democracies, have already suffered the disastrous consequences of post-election violence. It is of utmost importance for the United Nations to address post-election violence and to mitigate the grave effects it can have on the development of emerging nations.
Topic B: The Situation in Cameroon
Bilingual Cameroon has faced many challenges since its creation in 1960. Despite being commonly known as one of Africa’s most stable nations, it has recently been plagued by continued reports of widespread humanitarian abuses, violence, and even secession. Cameroon has now found itself on the verge of civil war between Francophones and Anglophones. With human rights organizations being denied access by the Cameroonian government, it is crucial for the Security Council to address the looming crisis that could not only destabilize Cameroon, but Central Africa as a whole.
Topic C: Peace building in the Sahel
The Sahel region of Africa encompasses much of the Sahara Desert and is home to some of the least-developed countries in all of Africa. As a result of minimal development, Islamic terrorist groups have thrived and grown to occupy large portions of the region. With limited action by the international community, these groups have grown into terrorist conglomerates associated with the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda and continue to terrorize the region. It is imperative that the Security Council combat these groups in order to end widespread violence and restore stability within the Sahel.
Thomas Carrigan, Security Council President
1. ) Use three adjectives to describe yourself.
Gregarious, Dedicated, and Ambitious.
2.) What kind of food would you be? Why?
Pizza because it’s my favorite food and you can’t go wrong with pizza.
3.) What is your Favorite SHSMUN memory?
My favorite SHSMUN memory is definitely General Committee 2018, when we held a moderated caucus on what type of pizza we should order.
4.) What is your 2019 anthem?
“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
5.)What's your favorite quote?
“It is impossible to please all the world” -Louis XIV