United Nations Security Council
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is a small committee comprised of the five permanent members, also referred to as the P5, and 10 other rotating members which focuses its efforts on maintaining international peace and stability through resolutions and agreements. . The UNSC is the committee which has the power to establish peacekeeping operations, enact sanctions and authorize resolutions. Additionally, the Security Council is structured in a manner that provides the P5 to have veto powers on all substantive matters within the council. Delegates should be ready to engage in highly polarized and substantive debate while forming binding resolutions and agreements for all members of the United Nations.
Topic A: Nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
Topic B: Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts
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Letter from the Chair
Welcome to JHUMUNC 2018! My name is Serena Goldberg, and I am thrilled to be your chair for the United Nations Security Council! I am especially excited to see you all demonstrate your ability to navigate not only difficult international problems, but also the challenges of the UNSC structure.
Currently I am a freshman at Johns Hopkins majoring in Economics and Applied Math. Originally from Chicago, I participated in MUN all four years of high school and staffed several conferences, on committees ranging from the Security Council to a China-Japan JCC. At Hopkins, beyond JHUMUNC, I’m also a member of Debate, Blue Key Society, and the Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship, through which I am researching applications of behavioral economics in the field of corporate short-termism. When I’m not busy with that, I love cooking and baking, listening to podcasts like The Weeds, Freakonomics, FiveThirtyEight, Planet Money, and Worldly, and reading books on new theories in the social sciences and on various international issues.
Regarding the UNSC more specifically, the Security Council naturally deals in matters that impact the safety of the entire international community. The problems you will be wrangling with are therefore pressing, but controversial in terms of solutions. Thus they should be considered thoughtfully and creatively. You should also expect to be pushed by quickly changing circumstances to adapt your original intentions to new contexts. I look forward to seeing how you accomplish the tasks that lie ahead.
Some of my best memories came from MUN conferences like JHUMUNC and I hope that you will find the same to be true for you. If you have any questions about the committee, JHUMUNC, or Hopkins in general, feel free to reach out! Good luck!
Chair, United Nations Security Council
Johns Hopkins 2021 email@example.com