Topic 1: Addressing the issue of the Vietnam War
Chair: Madelief Bakker Deputy: Poorvi Srinadam
The Historical Security Council (HSC) is the Security Council (SC), but instead of discussing current day issues, one talks about historical situations that have influenced the world. In this case, the Vietnam War
The Security Council is arguably one of the most important committees of the United Nations (UN) since its first session in 1946. The SC has powers that no other committee has: they have the power to allow the use of force, can issue binding decisions.
Another difference among the institutions in the UN is that the Permanent 5 countries (P5), the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, the United States of America, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the French Republic, have veto powers: if one of the P5 vetoes a decision, it puts an absolute stop to any decision that was being made.
Except for the five permanent members in the SC, there are ten more countries elected every two years, the non-permanent members. The current non-permanent members are Chad, Nigeria, Angola, Jordan, Malaysia, Chile, Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain and Lithuania.