Maintaining international peace and security is the principal role of the Security Council.
All members of the United Nations agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council. While other organs of the United Nations make recommendations to member states, only the Security Council has the power to make decisions that member states are then obligated to implement under the Charter.
Its 15 members may meet whenever peace is threatened. There are 5 permanent members of the Security Council that also have the power of veto (China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America.) and 10 non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly. Current non-permanent members are Angola, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Reference: Official website of the Security Council
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Position Paper Guidelines
In the Security Council, delegates shall represent one of the 15 current member states. The working procedure of the Committee will be led by the Committee Directors.
Delegates in the Security Council must write a position paper for the announced topics and submit it to the MUNLawS Academic team. Position papers will be reviewed and scored by the Academic team and shall greatly contribute to the final scores of delegates, upon which Committee awards will be based. Instructions on how to write the position paper are published on this website. Failure to follow these instructions or to meet the deadline for the submission of the position papers will result in negative points for the position paper.
All delegates shall present their opening statements on the discussed topic after setting the agenda. Once every delegate presents their opening statement, which must not exceed 2 minutes, a general speakers list will be established and the floor shall be open to points or motions, as described in the General Rules of Procedure. Delegates recognized from the general speakers list shall have no more than one and a half minute to address the Committee.
The main goal of the Committee is to adopt a Resolution. Issues that have not been discussed during formal debate may not be included in the Resolution. Every delegate shall read the General Rules of Procedure prior to the start of the MUNLawS Conference for further detailed description of the procedure.