Security Council (SC)
“The United Nations remains our most important global actor. These days we are continuously reminded of the enormous responsibility of the Security Council to uphold international peace and stability.” – Anna Lindh
Qualified by the United Nations Charter, the Security Council (SC) has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It furthermore takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It also calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. If needed, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.
(When applying, please be aware that the Security Council is the most demanding committee and might require more MUN experience.)
Human Rights Council (HRC)
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela
The United Nations Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system, responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe, addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations regarding these.
UN Women | UN Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (GEEW at our conference)
“I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness unable to ask for help for fear it would make them look less ‘macho’ – in fact in the UK suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20-49 years of age; eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality either.” – UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson
“In this world it is more probable for a woman of 14 to 44 years to die at the hands of her own family than the cause of malaria, cancer, war or a car accident.” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The official title UN Women lets the committee appear like an instance that is exclusively considerate towards women.
But as UN Women defines itself the “United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women” this is clearly not to be true.
Beside the fact of gender equality being a basic human right, UN Women believes in an increased productivity and growth of economy by implementing up put global standards and norms regarding the Status of Women and enabling women world wide the access to education, work and health care as well as aiming to combat female genital mutilation, honor killings, forced marriages and issues such as gender wage gaps and empowering women in male-dominated fields.
In order to solve the issues mentioned above, the committee aims for men and women to work together.
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
“Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.” – Harry S. Truman
“No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.” – A.J.P. Taylor
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations, serving as the central forum for discussing social and international economical issues. Furthermore the Economic and Social Council formulates policy recommendations addressed to member states and the United Nations system.