The United Nations Security Council

One Committee to rule them all. Welcome to the Security Council, where decisions are made. Crises, power, alliances, and betrayal are all on the daily agenda of this council- where just five votes could lead to intervention, and a single abstention to complete inaction. North Korea is back on the offensive; conflict is flaring up in the South China sea; in India, pressure is building once more. The stakes are high, and the tension is too. Have a seat at the table. Your opinion matters. The time is now. 


Position Papers

Position Papers are not required for the United Nations Security Council.

About the UNSC

At AmeriMUNC VI, the UNSC is unlike any other committee. Instead of specifically dealing with one issue throughout the duration of the weekend, the UNSC will act as an overarching body that will tackle three entirely separate conflicts. The conflicts the UNSC will be tackling are as followed: the crisis in Kiribati, the crisis in the Philippines, and the crisis in North Korea. For this reason, the UNSC does not have a background guide. Instead, delegates are encouraged to read the background guides of the committees above. There is no particular order in which these conflicts will be tackled, though once an issue is dealt with, the UNSC will not go back; we will devote one or two continuous committee sessions for the conflict in Kiribati, one or two continuous committee sessions for the Philippines, and one or two continuous committee sessions for the conflict in North Korea. For clarity, during these one or two committee sessions that the UNSC is dealing with a specific conflict, the UNSC and the corresponding committee (Kiribati Evacuation Force, Executive Council of the Philippines National Police, and Cabinets of North Korea/South Korea/USA/Russia/China/Japan) will essentially act as a joint-crisis conflict.

Due to the UNSC being AmeriMUNC’s most competitive and complex committee, the United Nations Security Council will give out 3 best delegate awards instead of a traditional “Best, Outstanding, and Honorable” set of awards.

Veto Power

Article 27 of the United Nations Charter outlines the veto power held by all five permanent members (P5) of the Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States). The veto power applies to all substantive matters brought to a vote on the committee floor, including draft resolutions, directives and unfriendly amendments. The veto power does not apply to procedural votes such as adopting a committee topic, or motions brought before the chair. Should a P5 member choose to abstain from a substantive vote, the veto power will not apply (this can be used to allow a matter to advance through a standard vote without voting in favor or against it). For any substantive matter, a single “no” vote from a P5 member will defeat the resolution, directive or amendment being voted on.

Please note, the veto power is intended to allow permanent five members of the Security Council to defeat substantive matters that they find particularly problematic or against their country’s stated policy. Should a P5 delegate abuse the veto power to prevent any matter from passing, or to disrupt the committee’s activity, the chair will be permitted to take action against that delegate. The goal of this committee is to foster cooperation and compromise between Security Council members, and the veto power should be reserved for when it is actually needed.

Meet the Dais

Emily Michels

Emily is an junior at American University majoring in International Studies. She grew up in Huntington Beach, California and was very involved in her high school's Model UN team, participating in around 18 conferences before she graduated. Upon coming to American, she has remained involved in Model UN by staffing Amerimunc and was a Vice Chair for the Russian Cabinet last year. Additionally, she currently serves as the Under-Secretary General of Economic and Social Council committees at the National High School Model United Nations Conference in New York. Outside of Model UN, she takes part in her Christian group called Chi Alpha and her sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. She is also a big fan of chocolate, Ariana Grande, Twitter, singing, and finding fun restaurants!

Sophia Casabonne

Sophia is a junior at American University in the School of International Service, with a minor in Russian Studies. She is also a member of the AU Honors Program. Sophia is currently studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. Originally from Albany, New York, Sophia joined the AU Model United Nations Team her freshman year, and also served on the AmeriMUNC V Secretariat as the Director of Communications. In her free time, Sophia loves talking about Russia, spending time with her Phi Mu sisters, and watching Law and Order. She can't wait to be back on campus for AmeriMUNC VI!

Ian Heald
Crisis Director

Ian is a junior at American University majoring in International Studies. His thematic areas are Foreign Policy and National Security; Peace, Global Security, and conflict Resolution; and the Middle East and North Africa Region. He is also a U.S. Army Cadet and Georgetown University. While Ian’s originally from Delaware County, Pennsylvania, since coming to DC, Ian has interned for the British Embassy in Washington on their Security Policy team, competes on AU’s Model UN team, and is a executive board member for Student Veterans of American University. Outside of school, MUN, and the Army, Ian enjoys streaming new shows (he just finished American Horror Story: Apocalypse), watching videos on foreign policy issues, and furthering his tactical training. Ian is super excited to work with his crisis team and the chairs to provide a unique, informative, and exciting experience for the delegates this year.