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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: Integrating Human Capital Into Conflict Transformation
For years, the international community has responded to conflicts by focusing on conflict resolution, leaving many of the underlying issues that cause hostilities unaddressed. Conflict transformation aims at resolving these issues through a long-term, multi-faceted approach that relies on human capital. Understanding the effects of human capital on conflict transformation is crucial to the United Nations’ goal of peace.
Topic B: The Situation in Yemen
Political corruption, internal violence, and foreign intervention has left Yemen in a complete state of disarray. Often described as the “world’s worst humanitarian disaster”, the situation in Yemen has devolved into famine, disease, and rampant violence, due, in part, to foreign military and economic interference. The conflict currently taking place in Yemen is emblematic of a larger problem which can be observed throughout the region and requires an immediate response by the Security Council.
Topic C: Combatting Abuses in the Sinai Peninsula
With 8% of global trade passing through the adjacent Suez Canal, the political, economic, and social stability of the Sinai Peninsula is of utmost international importance, yet human rights violations at the hands of government and non-state actors hinders this goal. Widespread inaction has further exacerbated the situation, warranting in-depth discussion and review.
Carter Smith, Director General/Security Council President
1. ) Why do you participate in Model UN?
I participate in Model UN so that I can help inspire a future generation of diplomats and politically minded citizens. Having an understanding of politics and differing viewpoints is a critical skill that, unfortunately, seems to have been lost in recent years. Whether through interesting, debatable topics or an emergency crisis at midnight, if just one delegate can come away from SHSMUN with a better understanding of the complexity of politics, then my job is complete.
2.) What kind of food would you be? Why?
Pot roast. It seems as if I’m constantly being roasted.
3.) What is your Favorite SHSMUN memory?
My favorite SHSMUN memory was watching the 2017 SecCo crisis unfold at 3 a.m. Being able to watch the SecCo delegates scramble to find solutions while struggling to stay awake was one of the most exciting memories of any Model UN conference.
4.) If your life was a book what would the title be?
Good in Theory
5.)What's your favorite quote?
“The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run, we are all dead. “ -John Maynard Keynes