The Security Council plays the most important role in the United Nations system of collective security as it is charged with maintenance of international peace. It is the only organ of the United Nations which decisions are obligatory for all member-states of the organisation. The Security Council takes the lead in settling disputes, determining threats for international community and recommending appropriate procedures or methods of adjustment. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorise the use of force to restore international peace and security.
My name is Gleb Ivanov and I am honoured to greet you as the President of the Security Council.
Since its foundation in 1945 the United Nations has always been guided by the purposes and principles contained in its Charter. One of the main intentions of the peoples of the United Nations was elaborated in the Preamble and it goes as follows: “To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind”. Even if it is not possible to put an end to all wars on Earth, we are still able to ease the pain of humanity. We, the Security Council, bear the utmost responsibility for the safeguarding of all founding principles of the United Nations, keeping watch over international peace and security. Whatever our agenda will be, we have to put all our efforts into the search of a consensus-based and effective solution as the eyes of millions are on us.
I do hope that these 6 days will not only be full of fierce debates and heated discussions, but will also be a valuable experience and a pleasant memory for all of you.
Looking forward to seeing you all,
Security Council President
My name is Grant Beglarian, I am a third-year student of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and it is my great pleasure to welcome you as the Expert of the Security Council, the true heart of the United Nations. I hope this week will become an unforgettable journey for you all and am sure you will seize the opportunity, find common grounds and resolve any dispute proposed with dignity and mutual respect.
I would like to remind you that whatever the crisis agenda precisely is, there will definitely be discussed an urgent and important conflict going on somewhere in the world, almost inevitably leading people to the brink of war, with its sufferings and losses. And it will be up to you, distinguished delegates, to surmount any differences and come up with a united effort that will bring peace and reconciliation to those who need it most. As Walt Whitman wrote in his “Reconciliation” poem:
“Word over all, beautiful as the sky,
Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage must in time be utterly lost,
That the hands of the sisters Death and Night incessantly softly wash again and ever again, this soiled world”
So, never hesitate to argue on the topic and express your opinion freely but remember this great responsibility resting in your hands, as the UN Model is not an end in itself but an accurate projection of hard diplomatic work on maintaining the world’s peace and security.
That being said, I still wish you to focus on the pleasure, discover new ideas and make new friends. The Committee board in turn will do its best for you to enjoy the model.
With best regards and looking forward to seeing you all,
Honorable future delegates of the SC!
You are to write an essay on the activities/history of the Security Council. Please, take this short task seriously, as far as this is your first stage of the selection to the committee.
You can choose from the two topics:
Peacekeeping mission of the UN (describe any mission already terminated underlining its role in resolving the dispute or improving the situation)
Veto power in the Security Council (its concept, brief history and criticism)
While writing your essay, please do follow the guidelines:
— write from your individual perspective as you are not yet given the certain country to represent;
— follow the simple structure of introduction–main body–conclusion;
— respect the word limit 500-1000 words;
— use appropriate formal style and relevant sources (references to the UN documents and sources are preferable);
— essays should be clear, concise and issue-oriented: always stick to the topic, start any paragraph with an explicit idea and support it with a short example;
— remember: the essay should be an original work where your own ideas and knowledge are expressed, therefore, plagiarism is unacceptable.
Honorable delegates and observers!
We would like to present you some useful tips for writing a successful Position Paper.
Position Paper is, first and foremost, a policy statement in which you clarify the main problems related to the agenda, state the position of your country/organization, as well as put forward solutions to the problem.
As far as the Security Council Model provides a crisis agenda, you are not not yet aware of the exact issue we are going to deal with. However, you, as the future representative of a state or an organization, should be able to express its attitude towards any problem, i. e. write a position paper that would help others understand your nation’s/organization’s views and interests in terms of any agenda chosen. In addition to combining all of your research into a concise document, position papers will also help you remember your state’s/organization’s views throughout the debates.
Creating a position paper might look complicated for first time MUNers. But do not lose heart! If you do enough research on the agenda, you will find that writing a position paper is actually quite easy and useful.
A position paper is generally one to two pages long
A well-written Position Paper has three parts:
Country’s Position on the Topic,
Country’s Relation to the Topic,
Suggestions of Policies to Pass in a Resolution
The goals of a Position Paper are the following:
Show your country’s unique understanding of the agenda.
Show your country’s previous relationship with the agenda (preferably with relevant examples).
Show policies and ideas that your country would like to see in the resolution.
In Position Papers you try to describe your country’a attitude towards the crisis, rather than the crisis itself. Remember it while writing one!
Remember that you have to represent the position of your assigned country / organization. Therefore you should avoid personal pronoun “I” but speak on behalf of the country you represent. Use such phrases as: “Our Government / Nation/Organization”, “The Delegation of …”, “We strongly believe…”
All the information you use should be based on reliable sources, preferably the UN ones.Do NOT use Wikipedia as your primary source of information. In order to be successful, you have to dig deeper than this!
Stick to a formal style: bear in mind that the Position Paper is a piece of academic writing
First of all, there must be a clear statement giving your state’s / organization’s position on the topic. Include a brief and well-defined policy statement on the topic, clearly displaying the views of the nation / organization you’re representing.
Try to briefly underline the relationship your delegation currently has, has had before, and aims to have in the future, regarding the agenda.
Recommend concrete actions in order to settle the issue. In this case, bear in mind the country’s/ organization’s policy, as solutions and policy should go hand-in-hand.
Go in-depth, stating best solutions and second best options since you clearly have more than one solution. The more solutions/flexibility you have, the easier it will be for you to move amidst the problem areas and to reach an agreement with your fellow delegates.
You may offer your own ideas as possible solution to the problem, but bear in mind that all the ideas that you present the committee with, should not contradict the policies of the state / organization you are representing.
Your effort and commitment are highly appreciated. Please keep in mind one simple rule about MUNs: The better you prepare the more fun and experience you will have. We are looking forward to seeing you at C-MIMUN and are looking forward for fruitful debates and an unforgettable conference.
To be announced
Alisa Andreevna Kazelko
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies