EVENT 2: Simulation by Syed Akbaruddin
TOPIC: Ecological Degradation: A Threat to International Peace and Security
Dying ecosystems, increasing threats to global biodiversity, pollution-choked cities, the growing discovery of significant microscopic plastic particles in many humans, and exploitation of resources outstripping capacities for regeneration indicate that the earth is an increasingly ailing planet. It is time to collaborate and act collectively.
Since the UN Security Council is the body charged with addressing issues of international peace and security, Switzerland, a first-time non-permanent member, proposes to raise the issue at the informal consultations of the whole of the Security Council in September.
Usually, such consultations lead to the following outcomes:
|Resolution||S/RES/(number)||Decision- An affirmative vote of nine members including the concurrent votes of the P5 in a publc meeting.
Adoption in a public meeting. (FORMAL)
|Statement by the President||S/PRST/(year)/(number)||Decision- Consensus in informal consultations or by “no objection” procedure. The president of the Security Council reads out the statement in a public meeting(FORMAL)|
|Public Meeting||No document||No outcome in public meeting. However, minutes are part of official record and publically available.(FORMAL)|
|Press Statement||SC/(number)||Consensus in informal consultations or by “no objection” procedure.|
|Elements to the Press||No document||Agreement by Council members obtained ahead of the president speaking to the press.|
|No Outcome||No document||No Outcome of any sort|
The goal of those supporting the proposal is to seek a Resolution. The objective of those opposed to the move will be to not have any outcome. Mentors will be provided to advise participants about the documentation to read and prepare in advance. On the day of the MUN, the process as pursued by the Security Council will be followed as closely as possible. The discussions will be both procedural and substantive. There will be intervals for small group discussions and for seeking instructions taking into account the evolving situation. The entire exercise is scheduled over a 3-hour time frame.
Amb. Sanjay Bhattacharya
Lt. General Sanjiv Langer(Retd)
Amb. DB Venkatesh Varma
The Countries assigned to the mentors are listed below:
|Amb. Sanjay Bhattacharya||China, France, Japan, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates|
|Lt. Gen. Sanjiv Langer||Ecuador, Gabon, Ghana, Mozambique, United Kingdoms|
|Amb. DB Venkatesh Varma||Albania, Brazil, Malta, Russia, United States of America|
Prizes and Awards:
|Award Name||Award Amount|
|Best Team Award||Rs 25,000|
|First Runner Up||Rs 10,000|
|Registration Deadline||31st August 2023|
|Shortlisted Candidates Shall be notified by:||5th September 2023|
|Online Briefing Session
||1st week of September (exact date would be conveyed through email)|
|Allocate Simulation Teams and Share Relevant Documents||2nd week of September|