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 2020, this committee is specifically designed for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory, and must be submitted by Februay 7th, 2020, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
War and violence have decimated the region of northern Syria for nearly a decade since the initiation of the wider Syrian Civil War. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), comprised mainly of Kurdish fighters, has controlled most of the Rojava region since 2012, fending off other groups such as ISIS and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Arab Republic. However, the Kurds now find themselves in danger from Turkish forces after the withdrawal of their American allies. With the balance of power in Northeast Syria in limbo, delegates must find a solution addresses the geopolitical interests of all groups in the region, taking special measures to avoid the resurgence of ISIS, or worse, ethnic genocide.
After the ratification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015, it appeared that the Islamic Republic of Iran would finally begin to reconcile with the West and the United Nations after years of prolonged sanctions and economic pressure. However, old tensions reignited when the United States reneged on the deal in 2018. Since then, Tehran has recommenced its nuclear production, overtly violating the terms of the agreement. In the past year, the increasingly rogue state has also seized multiple foreign ships in the Persian Gulf and the Straits of Hormuz and shot down an unmanned American drone flying near its borders. Delegates will have to formulate a solution that involves possible reimplementation of previous UN sanctions while simultaneously diffusing the tensions in the region.
Justin Liu | Director
Justin is a senior at St. George’s School and is excited to direct the UN Security Council at VMUN 2020. He started MUN in Grade 8, participating in various conferences and gaining a deeper appreciation for global affairs. In his spare time, Justin enjoys taking long naps, watching eccentric documentaries, and trying in vain to convince himself to study for his next test. At the conference, Justin looks forward to meeting new people and hopes the experience will be a memorable one for all.
Angela Lu | Chair
Angela is currently a Grade 11 student attending York House School, and is ecstatic to be serving as the Chair of UNSC at VMUN 2020! When she first came in contact with Model UN in Grade 9, she quickly became passionate about learning problems that were happening across the world. Ever since then, Angela has delegated numerous conferences, and is extremely excited to be attending VMUN for the third time! In her free time, Angela loves to debate, annoy her cat, drink coffee with too many espresso shots, and discover new restaurants across Vancouver. She is looking forward to a weekend of fruitful debate and productive discussion!
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.