Councils 2022

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UN Security Council

The Security Council is the primary organ in 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 authorization of the use of force. Some of the recent topics discussed in the Council are the situations in Afghanistan and Libya.

UN ECOSOC

ECOSOC, which stands for the Economic and Social Council, promotes social and economic progress, higher standards of living, and more. ECOSOC gives a platform for discussions on economic, social, and cultural issues and sustainable development. It is also one of the six principal organs of the UN. It is composed of 54 elected members, which rotate and overlap. Different numbers of seats are allocated to geographical regions to provide for a fair representation within the council. Topics include ensuring food security in conflict zones, promoting sustainable production and distribution, and much more due to its comprehensive scope.

The Arab League

The Arab League is the Arab World’s regional organization, with currently 22 members. At the heart of the League is the concept of an integrated Arab polity based on shared culture and history. The organization’s main goals are to strengthen the relationship between Arab states and coordinate collaboration between them in political, economic, cultural and scientific matters, safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and promote their common interests. As an example of topics, during the 2011 Arab Spring, the League discussed the ongoing violence between Egyptian state security forces and the Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an intergovernmental military organization consisting of 30 Member States. The organization implements 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 range from addressing security issues to discussing foreign relations.

UN CSTD

The UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development is a subsidiary body of ECOSOC. The CSTD holds an annual intergovernmental forum in which national governments and civil society contribute to various discussions. The issues that are discussed concern science, technology, and development. Its 43 members are elected by ECOSOC for a period of four years. Topics range from the ethics of artificial intelligence to the boundaries of genetic engineering and much more.