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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: Security Sector Reform
The very basis of security in each country lies in its security sectors, whether they be personal, local, national, or international. Security sectors hold the solutions to reaching consolidated peace in unstable regions, but they also host the problems. Studying and creating effective models, determining when security sector reform is needed, and delineating the UN’s role in security sector reform are all stepping stones towards the goal of peace.
Topic B: Ethnic Conflict in Myanmar
Despite the election of Myanmar’s first democratic president, transparency about the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Western Myanmar has not been achieved. Reports of state-ignored oppression, sexual violence, displacement, homicide and potentially even genocide have been generating international concern for decades but have now become strikingly urgent.
Topic C: The Situation in the Central African Republic
Long-term political, economic, and cultural instability has made the Central African Republic (CAR) rife with famine, displacement, and ethnic conflict. Despite the UN’s involvement in peacekeeping in the CAR, recent reports say that peace consolidation efforts internally and externally have been largely unsuccessful. The core conflicts in the CAR reflect those of the rest of continental Africa, and finding a peaceful resolution and long-term peace in the CAR will be a major victory in the search for more large-scale solutions.
Rose Dallimore, Security Council President & Under-Secretary-General
1) What are your hobbies?
Being generally argumentative, eating bagels, writing poetry, kickboxing, debating, tutoring, reading classic literature, pouring hot sauce on everything, community service, and finding friendship in unexpected places.
2) Why do you participate in Model UN?
I do it for the outstanding people I meet at each SHSMUN conference and the unique perspectives they bring to my worldview. And for the adrenaline. And for the memes.
3) What would your theme song be?
“Put Your Records On” by Corrine Bailey Rae.
4) What is your favorite quote?
“It is enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.” ― Gabriel García Márquez
5) What is your favorite SHSMUN memory?
The 2016 Security Council Crisis. Being woken up at 2 AM and then entering a room full of passed out chairs in onesies to debate Egyptian political uprisings was so fun. But seriously, I've got to say that pretty much everything I've done at SHSMUN has been incredibly memorable. It will change your life if you let it.