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 most prestigious body at VMUN 2021, this committee is specifically designed for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory, and must be submitted by January 22nd, 2021, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Since 1945, United Nations Peacekeepers have been deployed to conflict zones around the globe, usually with the mandate of maintaining peace and protecting civilians. However, allegations of misconduct against UN peacekeeping forces have consistently increased year by year, and it is now one of the most severe criticisms of the UN as a whole. These severe accusations of misconduct include everything from abuses of power to sexual crimes. When such allegations arise, the integrity and effectiveness of the UN are put in question. Most importantly, when such deplorable actions are committed by peacekeeping troops, individuals are hurt, and public trust in peacekeepers is severely impacted. These atrocities seriously hinder the efficacy and success of peacekeeping missions, putting civilians at risk.
Over the past two decades, South Sudan has gone through a radical transformation. Not only did it gain independence from Sudan, but it also devolved into civil war for the majority of the current decade, with the South Sudan Civil War being one of the deadliest conflicts in recent memory. Now, mere months after the official end of the civil war, the new government of South Sudan has yet to stabilize the country fully. Recent spikes in intercommunal violence between ethnic groups, sanctions, the effects of COVID-19, and years of war have severely weakened the country. As the economic and humanitarian crisis grows ever more serious, the ability of the new government to maintain peace and stability remains in question.
Andrew Liu | Director
Andrew Liu is a junior at St. George’s School and is thrilled to serve as the Director of the United Nations Security Council at VMUN 2021. Since his first foray into Model United Nations in grade 9, Andrew has come to appreciate the dynamic and stimulating environment that Model UN cultivates. As someone who is constantly captivated by the intricacies of global politics and diplomacy, he hopes to impart his enthusiasm with everyone. When not pouring over backgrounders and research material, Andrew enjoys catching up on the latest blockbuster movies, staying up late playing Among Us with friends, and diving into a new novel. Andrew looks forward to a vibrant weekend filled with engaging debate and hopes to create an unforgettable experience for everyone at VMUN 2021!
Stephanie Hai | Chair
A junior at West Point Grey Academy, Stephanie is thrilled to be your chair for the United Nations Security Council at VMUN 2021! She remembers her first conference being driven by peer-pressure, however, she soon developed a true passion for fast-paced discussion and international affairs. What was going to seem like a slow, unconventional weekend, turned out to be one of her major highlights of the year. Since then, she has forged countless friendships with passionate individuals like herself, at international and regional conferences from Tokyo to Montreal. Aside from MUN, Stephanie can be found indulging in Vancouver’s ramen scene, struggling to parallel park, and trolling around with her friends. She hopes for a positive weekend for all delegates alike, and encourages everyone to step outside their comfort zone! Please do not hesitate to reach out to her for any questions, she is eager to meet all of you soon!
You can contact the Director at email@example.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.