“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”

― Winston S. Churchill

Dear Distinguished Delegates,

It is my distinct pleasure as the President of this committee to welcome you to the SecurityCouncil of DXBMUN’17.

This committee is itself special in its proceedings and capabilities but also unique in its kind, unlike any other committee. The Security Council assures to be remarkable and the committee
will give its delegates a glance into debate and discussion to its finest as well as memories which will last forever.

Let me introduce myself before I move on, I’ve been an avid MUN’ner for many years, and have attended many conferences. I enjoy playing football, video games (who doesn’t) and watching T.V shows such as Suits and Boston Legal during my free time. My favourite subjects are mathematics and biology as well as a keen interest in Politics and International Relations. I am very fond of the Real Madrid football club and enjoy watching their matches.

The topics to be discussed during the sessions are as follows:

1. Assessing the obligation of member states in assisting the UN and refrain from assisting states targeted with preventive and enforcement action.

2. Resolving the South China Sea dispute of the Spratly islands.

Tensions have persisted in the Spratly islands for quite a few decades now, with the main cause of dispute being ownership of the islands. In recent years, political tensions and the threat of violence and the war in this area has escalated, and is imminent, now more than ever. China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims. China has backed its expansive claims with island-building and naval patrols.

The US says it does not take sides in territorial disputes, but it has still sent military ships and planes in areas with close proximity to disputed islands, calling them “freedom of navigation” operations and with rich marine resources and the islands oil deposits and other natural resources and geographical location make it the perfect match for each nation to get a bigger piece for themselves.

Article 2 (5) of the Charter states that Members shall assist the United Nations in any action taken in accordance with the Charter, and refrain from giving assistance to a State against which the United Nations is taking preventive or enforcement action. The Repertoire has generally focused on the first principle of the Article, and from 1989-2007 provided examples of calls for assistance made in Security Council decisions. From 2008 onwards, the Repertoire has focused on Council practice relating to the second principle of the Article and featured for instance calls for refraining from actions that could be considered as providing assistance to a State under Council action.

Keep in mind that the United Nations always chooses the path of dialogue and multilateral cooperation, so structure your resolutions in a considerate and stable manner but do not dissuade from taking stringent action. My fellow secretariat members and I will be doing all we can to make this an amazing experience for you and we hope you do get that exposure.

I hope to be a part of an appealing committee with an extraordinary level of debate and which will also open doors of opportunities for the new and experienced delegates. Well, I do hope all the delegate will not expect the unexpected and to leave you with a message across “ Being a diplomat is not about scrutinising or be blatantly right but it's about proving to be right in such a way that the other know you are right and are at a gunpoint”

“Diplomacy is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.”

― Harry Truman

So let’s get started and see how many delegates here will be asking for directions to hell and how many shoes can you, youth leaders, stamp on without spoiling the shine.

Warm Regards,

President

United Nations Security Council


Agenda 1

Assessing the obligation of member states in assisting the UN and refrain from assisting states targeted with preventive and enforcement action.

Agenda 2

Resolving the South China Sea dispute.

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