Councils 2022

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Human Rights Council

Difficulty level: Beginner

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.

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International Atomic Energy Agency

Difficulty level: Beginner

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 at this Council relate to the promotion of the safe and peaceful use of nuclear energy and the impact of nuclear energy on issues such as, but not limited to, climate change and cancer control.

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World Trade Organization

Difficulty level: Intermediate

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 the WTO Council range from those related to free trade and trade building capacity, to intellectual property protection.

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NATO

Difficulty level: Intermediate

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is an intergovernmental military organisation, which consists of 30 Member States. The organisation’s primary task is the implementation of the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty, through guaranteeing the freedom and security of its members through political means by promoting democratic values and facilitating cooperation on defence and security issues. In addition, military tactics are also used to undertake operations when diplomatic efforts fail. Topics of the NATO Council range from addressing security issues, to discussing foreign relations.

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Historical Security Council

Difficulty level: Advanced

The UN 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 the Member States. The UNSC is composed of 15 States, five of which are permanent members with veto powers. The permanent nations are China, France, Russia, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom. The remaining 10 members alternate every two years. The goals of the UNSC are achieved through the fostering of negotiations, impositions of sanctions and the authorisation of the use of force in exceptional cases.

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.

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International Court of Justice

Difficulty level: Advanced

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 represents all of the principal legal systems in the world. Topics covered by this Council may range from the Srebrenica Massacre to specific disputes between Member States.

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