Councils 2022

TEIMUN 2022 is coming up soon! Read more about our Councils on this page.

Historical Security Council

The Security Council is the primary organ of the United Nations responsible for maintaining international peace and security. It is the only organ that is able to impose binding obligations on Member States. The Council is composed of 15 Member States, five of which are permanent members with veto powers. The permanent nations are China, France, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom. The remaining 10 members alternate every two years. The goals of the Council are achieved through the fostering of negotiations, impositions of sanctions and the authorisation of the use of force. This year, the Security Council issue that will be discussed, will be set in the past. This means that delegates will be able to reformulate the response of the Security Council to historic failure. Topics range from the Rwandan Genocide to the Dissolution of Yugoslavia.

NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an intergovernmental military organisation consisting of 30 Member States. The organisation implements the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty by guaranteeing the freedom and security of its members through political means, the promotion of democratic values and allowing cooperation on defence and security issues. In addition, military means are used to undertake operations when diplomatic efforts fail. Topics range from addressing security issues to discussing foreign relations.

International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the judicial organ of the United Nations. Its primary functions are to settle any international disputes brought to the Court by any of the UN Member States. The Court resolves a vast majority of the state-to-state disputes nowadays, as it is the only legitimate and worldwide-recognised organisation of its kind. The ICJ consists of 15 judges who are voted into the panel by the UN General Assembly and the Security Council for nine-year terms. The candidates must first be nominated in the Permanent Court of Arbitration by the national groups. No two judges may be nationals of the same state. The membership of the Court shall represent all of the principal legal systems in the world. Topics range from the Srebrenica Massacre to specific disputes between Member States.

WTO

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is an intergovernmental organisation that operates a global system of rules which facilitate international trade between States. It acts as a forum for the negotiation of trade agreements and for settling trade disputes between its members through the WTO Dispute Settlement System. Moreover, one of its objectives is to support the needs of developing nations. Major decisions are made by the WTO member governments which comprise of ministers who meet at least twice a year or by delegates who meet regularly in Geneva. Topics of the WTO range from those related to free trade and trade building capacity to intellectual property protection.

Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council (HRC) is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations. It is made up of 47 Member States which are elected by the General Assembly. It is responsible for strengthening the protection of human rights globally and addressing situations of violations of human rights. It discusses pressing human rights issues throughout the year. Moreover, it established the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) system, through which the Council regularly reviews the human rights records of the Member States.

International Atomic Energy Agency

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an autonomous organisation that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and prevent its employment for military purposes. It serves as an intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the nuclear field, contributing to international peace, security and the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals ((UNSDGs). Topics relate to the promotion of the safe and peaceful use of nuclear energy, the impact of nuclear energy on issues such as but not limited to climate change and cancer control.

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