Issues Book





Security Council

The Security Council is the second major body of the UN system. According to the UN Charter, the primary function of the Security Council is to maintain international peace and security. The Council consists of five permanent seats with veto power: China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the "Gentlemen's Agreement" of 1946, six other non permanent seats were added and are elected to two year terms.  Four additional non permanent seats were added in 1965.

The Security Council does not establish an agenda at the collegiate conference, but we do have an established agenda at the high school conference.  In addition to the established topics, however, any and all major issues confronting the world's peace and security may be brought to the table for debate and there will be a crisis simulation.

All Security Council delegates should know any and all relevant information concerning the maintenance of international peace and security.  This information must be retrieved from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, the government of the represented country, the international press, international economic organizations the United Nations' various divisions, and other sources.

The following links will assist you in your preparation:

Government Information

 Embassy Web

International Press

 All Africa News

 Asean Review

 Asia Daily


 The Christian Science Monitor 

 The Economist 

 Eurasia News

 Latin American News

 The New York Times

 Zona Latina

International Economic Organizations

 International Monetary Fund

 The World Bank

United Nations' Websites

 Security Council Documents

 United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees

 UN Peacekeeping Operations

 UN Organizations

 UN Treaties

Other Links

 International Affairs Virtual Library

 United Nations Scholars' Workstation at Yale University


Crisis Simulation

The Security Council must be prepared to assess and confront any situation that threatens international peace and security.  All Security Council delegates must be prepared for a crisis to occur at any time.  Delegates should have extensive knowledge of traditional crisis areas, such as the Balkan region, the border between India and Pakistan, the Great Lakes region of Africa, and the Middle East, and should be aware of the potential for new crisis areas in other parts of the world.  In other words, be prepared for anything