United Nations Security Council

RMUN 2019_UNSC_Study Guide

This is a double-del council.

Topics

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Regional armed conflicts around the world has never ceased, implicating millions of civilians- most belligerents of conflicts did commit acts of human rights violations and cause extensive civilian casualties. Answerable to its role in ensuring security and human rights of civilians in conflict zones, debate continues perennially in the UNSC, especially with the presence of a UN Peacekeeping Office dedicated to this role. However, its programme is innately controversial while lacking resources, assailing its inadequacy in protecting civilians. Additionally, international commitment to humanitarian laws remains low and the 2005 Responsibility to Protect (R2P) commitment has shown its flaws in implementation in the various conflicts. RMUN 2019 promises a holistic discussion of the topic which troubles the UNSC since its establishment- one that goes beyond peacekeeping to question the fundamentals of R2P and the right for humanitarian intervention by various stakeholders.

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When President Nkurunziza was first elected by the Burundian Parliament as the President of Burundi in an election that is deemed largely free of fraud, the world thought that the gruesome ethnic war in Burundi was finally over. Well, they had it right for 10 years, until Nkurunziza decided to trigger a crisis by deciding to be nominated yet again. Opposition groups were swift to take to the streets, with the military attempting a coup not long after. The government, surviving the coup, has moved in heavy-handed retaliatory strokes, with the help of the state’s security apparatus to intimidate, and in certain cases, even kill anyone that they deem to be dissident. Mass exodus ensued, as populations stricken by poverty, and fearing a resurrection of a ‘Burundi Civil War 2.0’ from this politicking and violence, flee into neighbouring countries, adding more strain on to the national institutions in East Africa that has remained in a stubbornly precarious state despite the best efforts of regional leaders and the international community.

Chairs

Head Chair: Cheng Wan Jun 

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Wan Jun is a Year 6 student taking the subjects Biology, Chemistry, Math and History. He has been active in the MUN circuit since 2016 and has since taken numerous chairing and secretariat roles in multiple conferences such as UNASMUN 2017&2018  and Global Geopolitics Conference 2019. Although he frequently be seen with a face of a tired koala in school due to the burden of school work and extracurricular life, initiating discussions with him on WW2 Eastern Front tactics or the current People’s Liberation Army will make his face immediately light up by activating his military enthusiast genes. Likewise, the excessive use of plastic bags and the sight plastic straws may also warrant a prolonged stare from this environment nazi.

As such, as the head chair of RMUN 2019 UNSC, Wan Jun has guaranteed that RMUN 2019 UNSC has been designed to make the most unique UNSC experience. He believes in shaping a successful committee with input of extraordinary effort from both the chairs and the delegates. As such, he will strictly enforce equity amongst delegates while trying to encourage delegates to engage in rigorous and diplomatic debate. Together with you, the delegates of UNSC, he hopes to create an enriching, memorable and wholesome experience in RMUN 2019 UNSC.

Deputy Chair: Ho Fei Yang 

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Fei Yang is a Year 6 student, taking the most common of subject combination: Physics, Economics, Chemistry and Mathematics. He regrets not taking History despite his deep interest in that subject and has learned over the span of his JC life to resent Economics with all his heart. While Fei Yang is considered, by all standards, new to the circuit, having only been active 2018, he nonetheless tries his best to overcome comparative lack of experience by read up everything he can find that is even slightly related to foreign affairs and international relations.

Fei Yang also has a natural inclination towards anything political. While he tries his best to balance his life between school-work and researching on latest political developments around the world, his attempts are not always successful. Fei Yang sincerely wishes that delegates will find the topics enjoyable and have fun during the debates.

Deputy Chair: Corey Koh

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Corey is a Year 5 student from the Humanities Programme. He takes the very unique subject combination  of History, Literature, Math and Music (only one other person in his batch takes this combination). Other than upholding the FIRE values and fixing his hair, he can be seen watching Brooklyn 99, snapping his fingers, doing absolutely nothing or hanging out with his gud fren Yuxuan. Corey wishes that delegates will enjoy the rigors of debating in the UNSC, and hopes that everyone will have a good time.


 

 


 

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