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 most prestigious body at VMUN 2023, this committee is specifically designed for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory, and must be submitted by February 1st, 2023, at 23:59 PT. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: Artificial Intelligence Arms Race (Click to show summary)

Over the past decade, artificial intelligence has become the latest groundbreaking military technology since the invention of nuclear weapons. The technology promises autonomous military weaponry with capabilities that far exceed humans. Though this technology is likely to reduce casualties and accidents linked to human error, many concerns have been raised surrounding the ethics of AI weaponry and potentially faulty algorithms that could lead to preventable harm. However, powerful militaries have been hesitant or completely against bans and restrictions on the weaponry, as it could drastically decrease the human cost of war. As a result of the benefits and potential of AI weapons, countries are rushing to acquire and develop the most powerful and plentiful arsenal of autonomous weapons, causing worries of escalation and a prospective arms race.

Topic B: Revisiting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Click to show summary)

The Revolution of 1979 constituted a critical turning point for Iran’s relationship with the West. Iran’s Western-sympathizing government was overthrown by a Shia cleric, who vowed to establish an Islamic state and break ties with the Western world. The consequences of the revolution reverberate today, as Iran becomes increasingly hostile towards Europe and the United States. The current relationship between Iran and the West is marked by mutual distrust and antagonistic actions on both sides. In 2018, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement intended to restrict Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon, ratified just three years prior. To ensure nuclear safety with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action must be revisited today.

Angelina Yeung

Angelina Yeung | Director

A junior at Crofton House School, Angelina is delighted to serve as the Director of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) at VMUN 2023. Since joining Model UN in eight grade, Angelina has grown to develop a passion for foreign affairs and global politics. Angelina truly cherishes all the unforgettable experiences they have had at Model UN conferences, whether it be sprinting through downtown to arrive on time to committee session or drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake during midnight crises. Outside of Model UN, Angelina can be found at bookstores across Vancouver, attempting to avoid the outdoors, or drinking milk tea. Angelina looks forward to a weekend of enthralling and exciting debate and discussion and to greeting everyone in February!

Briana Chen

Briana Chen | Assistant Director

Briana is currently a grade 11 student attending Crofton House School and is excited to be serving as the Assistant Director of the United Nations Security Council at VMUN 2023. Since grade 9, Briana began her MUN career with a nervous yet enthusiastic mindset toward the unfamiliar world of international relations. From attending her first committee session, she has come to understand the impact MUN has brought upon her knowledge and longing friendships through multifaceted debates and extensive nights of research. During her spare time, Briana enjoys snuggling up to layers of blankets with large stacks of books and creating visual artworks with different materials such as paint and ink pens. Briana truly looks forward to meeting all delegates, and is ecstatic for an unforgettable weekend at VMUN 2023!

You can contact the Director at unsc@vmun.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.

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