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. Venezuela is collapsing; conflict is flaring up in the Guyana-Suriname Basin; on Hispaniola, it’s a tale of two islands. 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 The Bolivarian Conflict, the Conflict in Hispaniola, and Saving the Amazon: Emergency Environmental Taskforce of Peru Conflict. 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 Bolivarian Conflict, one or two continuous committee sessions for the conflict on Hispaniola, and one or two continuous committee sessions for the conflict in the Amazon. For clarity, during these one or two committee sessions that the UNSC is dealing with a specific conflict, the UNSC and the corresponding committee 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.

Rachel Pederson
Director General

Rachel is a rising junior studying International Relations with a focus on Environmental Studies and French at American University. She is originally from Edina, Minnesota where she was very active on her high school’s Model UN team. She is a new member of the Lambda Eta chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority, a swim instructor for kids and dog walker. Outside of school and work, Rachel loves talking about sharks, Minnesota, Kevin Durant and music. She served as a Crisis Analyst for the French Cabinet for AmeriMUNC V, Director of Simulations for WIRC VI and Crisis Director for the Philippines National Police during AmeriMUNC VI. She is beyond excited to be serving on this years Secretariat and cannot wait for February

Jack Quinn
Simulation Director

Jack is a rising junior in the American University School of Public Affairs pursuing a major in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG). He is from the city of Chicago, Illinois, where he participated in Model UN throughout high school, including two years as a head delegate. Jack is currently a member of the AU Model United Nations team and is looking forward to serving as Simulation Director for the second year in a row. In his free time, Jack enjoys studying history, following Chicago sports teams, and watching Game of Thrones seasons on repeat. Jack is excited for an amazing conference and is looking forward to welcoming delegates to AmeriMUNC VII!