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PostSubject: UNSC overview   Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:53 pm

Hello Delegates!

As I said in our first meeting, the Security Council is a little different from the other caucus in our conference so it is important for all of you to be aware of some basic facts concerning the mighty UNSC.

The Security Council has the main purpose of maintaining international peace and security. Some of its powers are the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions and the power to authorize military action.
The SC is composed of 5 permanent members which have veto power: the United States, United Kingdom, France, China and Russia and 10 elected non-permanent members of 2-year terms. For the purposes of our conference and debate, the countries present in our SC are not those present in the real SC.
The veto power is a key element in the SC, meaning that, if any of the permanent members vote against a resolution, the resolution automatically fails. However, in our conference veto power should be used wisely and prudently and the chairs will make sure they are not being overused or applied in incoherent manners.
The debate in the SC is somewhat informal since there is no podium and you will speak "face to face" with each other in a circular arrangement.

When writing your resolutions keep in mind the duties and powers of the Security Council. These are just some brief outlines of how this council works... If you have any other questions regarding the Security Council, how it works, or the conference itself, don't hesitate in asking me!


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