The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six organs of the United Nations. It aims to ensure peace, stability and security around the world. This council allows delegates to undertake the roles of diplomats of countries from around the world and discuss means to resolve pertinent global security issues. Set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, delegates can expect to relive some of the most contentious issues in a bipolar world, applying historical concepts such as empathy in the process.
1. The Question of the Cuban Missile Crisis
The 16th of October 1962 marked the start of the intense confrontation between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), with Cuba serving as a proxy battleground. This was a grave situation as the world was on the brink of a nuclear war. Key issues include the security of the Central American region, superpower relations and nuclear proliferation. Throughout the course of debate, delegates will be required to consider the interests of the individual nation-states amidst the prevailing geopolitical climate, as well as how their individual nations shape their policies and stances to fit the Cold War.
2. The Question of the Congo Crisis
The Congo Crisis saw the Katanga and South Kansai secessions escalating to an armed conflict. The situation was further complicated by the presence of superpowers with differing opinions of the conflict. The Congo Crisis exposed several structural flaws within the United Nations. Delegates can come up with measures to work within the structure of the fledgling United Nations and manoeuvre within the Cold War context to balance between the different expectations of the superpowers and achieve lasting peace and security within Congo.
Joel Yang Ji En
Joel is Currently a Year 6 in DHS with a strong passion in History and MUN! Apart from MUN, he is an avid golfer that enjoys a good round of golf when the weekend rolls by:) He enjoys the debates and rigour of MUN and looks forward to working with all delegates to create a memorable and fulfilling UNSC experience for all!
Ning spends most of her time deciding if she should complete one more task or go to sleep - either way she doesn’t get enough rest and is still tired the next day. Rest assured though, that she’ll be awake the whole conference as intense and interesting debate never fails to get her engine started. She hopes that all the delegates will be able to enjoy an enriching experience at DHAP and each leave with more than just a reso document in their Google Drive.
Sarah Ong Chu Xian
Sarah, the self-proclaimed mother of more than a 100 people in total, is a functional extrovert with a love for all things MUN. When she isn’t struggling to prepare for MUN conferences with homework piling up in the background, she does research on current affairs in a futile effort to bulk up her general knowledge. She hopes that all delegates will relish in the spirit of learning just as much as she will in the 3 days of intellectually-stimulating debate in UNSC.