Model UN Security Council

At the core of SUNIA is our Model Security Council. Throughout the week, counsellors help students prepare to represent the foreign policy of a United Nations member state serving on the Security Council, with a focus on a specific topic. Students will engage directly with the topic and their country's role and in doing so, will gain a deeper understanding of international affairs. The issue that the students will debate is chosen based on what the real UN Security Council is discussing at that time.  


...for more than forty years students from throughout Western Canada have come to the Seminar to learn about the key problems facing the international community and the world Organisation’s endeavours to resolve them. This is an especially welcome tradition in view of Canada’s long-standing and active commitment to the United Nations, a commitment which initiatives such as the Goldeye Seminars help to sustain...
— Javier Perez de Cuellar, former U.N. Secretary General

Below is a list of topics students who have attended SUNIA over the past decades.


  • 2014 – The Situation in Mali
  • 2013 – The Situation in Syria
  • 2012 – The Situation in the Western Sahara
  • 2011 – The Situation in the Middle East
  • 2010 – The Situation in Somalia


  • 2009 – The Situation in Afghanistan
  • 2008 – The Situation in Iraq
  • 2007 - The Situation Concerning Ethiopia and Eritrea
  • 2006 - The Situation Concerning Lebanon and the Middle East
  • 2005 - The Situation Concerning the Sudan-Darfur
  • 2004 - The Conflict in the Western Sahara
  • 2003 - Rebuilding Iraq
  • 2002 - The Situation in the Middle East Including the Question of Palestine
  • 2001 - The Situation in Iraq
  • 2000 - The Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


  • 1999 - The Situation in Kosovo
  • 1998 - The India-Pakistan Issue
  • 1997 - The Situation in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa
  • 1996 - The Civil War in Liberia
  • 1995 - The Conflict in the Former Yugoslavia
  • 1994 - The Situation in North Korea
  • 1993 - The Cambodian Conflict
  • 1991 - The Situation in the Middle East (Gulf War)


  • 1983 - The Situation in South Africa
  • 1981 - The Situation in Lebanon

Check back in July for the Security Council topic for 2018!