Model UN Security Council

At the core of SUNIA is our Model Security Council. Throughout the week, counsellors help you prepare to represent the foreign policy of a United Nations member state serving on the Security Council, with a focus on a specific topic. You'll get the chance to engage directly with the topic and your country's role and in doing so, will gain a deeper understanding of international affairs. The issue that we'll debate out at SUNIA this year will be chosen based on what the real UN Security Council is discussing at that time.  For some insight as to what we've discussed in other years, scroll down this page and scope out our list of past topics! 

 

...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
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SUNIA's Model UN Security Council

The Security Council, one of the six major organs of the United Nations system, is a coalition of nations committed to international peace and security. Consisting of five permanent member states, as the founders of the United Nations, being China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as ten non-permanent members, the council is highly diverse. Diverse in geography, ideology, size, foreign stances, and ally ships. However, more important than what differentiates these member states is what they have in common, being the collective pursuit of a more peaceful future.

At SUNIA, you will have the opportunity to represent one of these fifteen nations in a debate about a real world issue. You will assume the role of a diplomat, taking it upon yourself to faithfully represent your national government, and collaborate on peaceful solutions. Peace and security, perhaps the greatest international collaborative goals, is your sole mandate in this endeavour.

The experience not only teaches you about a critical world issue, about the functions of global politics at its highest levels, or about national foreign policies, but it also teaches deeper lessons. Lessons about influence, and compromise. Lessons about priorities, and collaboration on those of others. Lessons about power dynamics and allies. Lessons about group collaboration and problem solving. And perhaps most importantly of all, learning about yourself and discovering your potential in a safe environment.

We understand this may sound intimidating, but we guarantee with all our hearts, after a full week of SUNIA, you will be absolutely ready to participate in such a simulation. We spend time on everything from policy to procedure out at SUNIA, meaning no homework for you! Even if you’ve never heard of the Security Council prior to reading this right now, we are confident SUNIA will provide you with all the skills you need to be effective at public speaking, diplomacy, and seeking compromise in the Council.

Not only is it a valuable academic piece of the program, but it’s also lots of fun. Imagine it as group problem solving mixed with live action improv theatre, full of people ready to have a great time. Security Council is a time to learn about international affairs, realize and practice your diplomacy skills, and to have a great time doing it. It’s a key piece of SUNIA’s program, and for 66 years, it’s been amongst our most successful elements.

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SUNIA Model UN Topic History


2010's

  • 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

2000's

  • 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

1990's

  • 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)

1980's

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