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.
I am truly delighted to greet you on behalf of the C-MIMUN Security Council Chair.
The Security Council normally deals with the escalating turn of unexpected events all around our planet, so it can be a real challenge to face the crisis at its peak and be ready not only to comprehend its reasons but promptly suggest a prudent solution in that regard. A mere fifteen of you are to tackle the future of our world in the situation of a great need. We never know what next year brings but, given this unpredictability, we are yet eager to help and the very aspiration to maintain the peace and security worldwide keeps us afloat.
Needless to say, I wish all of you delegates to benefit from the discussions we are about to have, the discord we are to overcome, the differences we are to surmount. For it is a rare opportunity to enjoy the responsibility with no fear to affect, to conduct diplomacy with no suspicion towards the counterparts, to learn while planning, to make friends while competing. A magic of paradox UN Models can give us. So, never miss a single checkpoint of this memorable journey. Remember: a week seems a big deal when you are to prove your right to miss classes to your dean, but it is still a flash of time which soon will be gone, so… seize the day. Do not neglect the chances that we give you, and the people you are about to meet.
Looking forward to seeing all of you,
Grant Beglarian, Security Council President
My name is Alisa Kazelko and I am deeply honoured to welcome you as the Expert of the Security Council.
At the risk of sounding cliché, the Security Council’s role is hard to overstate: since its existence, this particular organ of the United Nations has saved the world from many large scale upheavals. Overall, despite all the intricacies of global politics, the Security Council has been ably fulfilling its mission of sustaining international peace. Its enormous potential makes it incumbent upon all of us to contribute to the effective work of the Council during our sessions. Regardless of the agenda, we are to make every endeavour to elaborate a feasible solution within the framework of international law.
I am positive: this week of vigorous debate will not only bolster academic achievement, but also conjure up pleasant and warm memories.
With warmest regards and looking forward to seeing you all,
Alisa Kazelko Security Council Expert
Distinguished future delegates of the Security Council!
Submitting your application for the position in the Security Council encompasses writing an essay on one of the following topics:
Countries never elected members of the Security Council (choose any country which has never been elected as a member of the SC since 1946 and enlist at least 3 ways in which its election can contribute to the effectiveness of the SC);
Current peacekeeping operations (choose any peacekeeping operation currently led by the UN and establish a list of concrete actions yet to be undertaken, including the forecast on the extent to which the operation will be a success)
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;
— Use formal style only and appeal to credible sources (such as the UN documents);
— Essays should be coherent and concise: do not digress from the topic;
— The essay should be an original work, therefore, plagiarism (more than 20%) is unacceptable;
Honorable delegates and observers!
This page contains a set of recommendations for writing a successful Position Paper.
Position Paper is, first and foremost, a policy statement where you are to clarify the key problems pertaining to the agenda: state the position of your country/organization, as well as put forward viable solutions to the problem.
As far as the Security Council adopts a crisis agenda, you are not yet aware of the exact issue to be dealt with. Therefore, as the future representative of a state or an organization, your task is to express its attitude to any problem, i.e. write a position paper that will help others understand your country’s/organization’s views and interests in general.
Creating a position paper might seem complicated for first time MUNers, but do not lose heart. If you apply enough effort, you are sure to write a successful position paper.
1. A position paper is generally one to two pages long;
2. A well-written position paper comprises three parts:
Country’s stance on the topic (show your country’s unique understanding of the agenda),
Country’s relation to the topic (indicate your country’s previous relation to the topic with relevant examples),
Suggestions of policies to pass in a resolution (put forward some ideas which are essential to state in the resolution based on your country’s interests);
3. Try to describe your country’s attitude towards the crisis, rather than the crisis itself;
4. Instead of using the pronoun “I” while writing your position paper, opt for phrases such as “Our Government/The Delegation of …/We”;
5. Do NOT use Wikipedia, you have to dig deeper than that;
6. Stick to a formal style;
— While enlisting a set of policy suggestions avoid obvious actions. Put forward concrete steps and be concise;
— The more solutions you have, the easier it will be for you to move amidst the problem areas and to reach an agreement with your fellow delegates;
— The ideas you offer should be in line with the policy of your country, not against;
— Do not stress out over writing the best ever position paper. We highly appreciate your effort and commitment.
We are looking forward to seeing you at C-MIMUN!
To be announced
Ekaterina Sergeevna Osadchuk
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland