United Nations Security Council
As the single most powerful UN entity, the Security Council is responsible for addressing all issues threatening international peace and security. The Security Council must work to create effective resolutions with clear and powerful language that will have tangible results in the real world. In facing this immense responsibility, the committee will utilize several tools of diplomacy usually unavailable to any other agency. The veto power of the Permanent Five (P5) members gives the UNSC a uniquely intense flair that is unlike any other committee.
The Security Council’s position of premier importance on the world stage will be reflected in its rendition at VMUN 2018. This committee has been specifically designed for the most experienced delegates. As such, position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 23:59.
North Korea’s nuclear missile program has succeeded in the development of strategic military capabilities despite international condemnation, diplomacy, and pressure. In recent years, they have shown their ability to increase their arsenal size and the effectiveness of weapons; simultaneously, their weapons are growing gradually with regards to sophistication and size. With the alarming development of North Korea’s nuclear program in recent months, a substantial threat appears to be emerging on the Korean Peninsula. Within the UNSC, it is necessary to develop a coherent strategy to de-escalate regional tensions and to create substantive plans to prevent conflict on the peninsula or beyond.
Illicit psychoactive drugs and the prevention of their production and transport is one of the most important issues of the modern world. Asia serves as the primary location where opium is grown, and the trade routes through Central Asia carry the majority of Opium and Opium products, as well as other illicit substances, to Europe. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that total drug seizures within the area amount to around 4% of total opiate flow through the region. This statistic is further dwarfed by the fact that opiate transfer through Central Asia is estimated to be growing at a rate of 12% per annum, while seizures grow in negligible amounts. However, the current War on Drugs in Asia, in addition to being ineffective, has been criticized for large-scale human rights abuses. For these reasons, the UNSC must turn its attention to the drug trade within Asia and create solutions that both prevent human rights abuses and diminishes the trade of illicit drugs in the region.
Julian Lam | Director
Julian Lam is a grade 12 student attending Southpointe Academy and is very much intrigued by global politics and international relations. Since first starting his MUN journey in grade 6, Julian has been strongly drawn to learning more about political discourse in global fora and the nuances within international laws that our world revolves around. He has attended numerous conferences both locally and internationally, and consequently, hopes to use his experience in creating a memorable experience for delegates in UNSC. Having avid passions for debate and public speaking, Julian enjoys learning about his society through making connections and communicating with fellow members of his community. Outside of MUN, you can find Julian catching up on Masterchef, exploring Vancouver’s culinary scene, taking photos and playing tennis. Julian is excited for this year’s VMUN and hopes that it will be a memorable experience for all delegates.
Jonathan Chan | Chair
Jonathan is currently a junior at Richmond Christian School. After attending his first conference in Grade 9, Model UN has become a crucial contributor to his interest in international relations and global issues. He is passionate about getting to know his delegates and aiding them in their pursuit of their ambitious goals. He hopes they can trust him with all their fantastic endeavours and to journey alongside them in the exciting adventure that VMUN is. Outside of academic studies and MUN, Jonathan enjoys going on long hikes, leisurely running, and serving on his school’s Servant and Leadership Team. Jonathan is ecstatic to be chairing the United Nations Security Council and looks forward to passing on his passion for public speaking to his delegates.
Alannah Zhou | Assistant Director
Alannah Zhou – a junior at Port Moody Secondary School – started her love of MUN two years ago. Since her first conference, Alannah has made an active effort to engage in MUN, citing her love for a good debate and global affairs. Outside of MUN, Alannah enjoys reading current events, attending debate tournaments, and exploring stocks. She also busies herself with being the head of an app development business, ezWake, which helps students wake up better for classes and MUN conferences. She is looking forward to seeing everyone at VMUN.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.