United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
The United Nations Security Council is tasked with maintaining international stability and peace by means of peacekeeping operations, sanctions and military action. With five permanent and ten rotating members, it is the only UN body with the ability to issue binding resolutions to member states and to approve any changes to the Charter of the United Nations. In the past year, it has deliberated on issues ranging from the non-proliferation of the DPRK to the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar. Each delegate from a permanent member country – the USA, the UK, France, China and Russia – will have a veto in substantive voting procedures.
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Introducing your chairs…
Alex is the President of the Cambridge University United Nations Association, and has been involved with Model UN for over 7 years, both in Europe and across the North American collegiate circuit. Earlier this year he travelled to the World Federation of United Nations Youth Associations meeting in Rome, Italy, held in conjunction with the European UNA Presidents’ summit, as one of three delegates from the UK. He is currently undertaking a PhD in quantum physics at Cambridge..
Cara is a third-year student reading PPE at Wadham College. She is President of the Oxford University United Nations Association (OUUNA) and has been attending MUN conferences since she was 16. Having worked on a Secretariat and directed numerous committees, including a Joint Cabinet Crisis, UNEP and UNOOSA, she is looking forward to working with you on challenging debates and advanced problem solving. Recently, she worked in the UN archives and visited the UK mission to conduct research on how the War on Terror changed state relationships in the UN, and she is currently doing her thesis on the establishment of multilateral frameworks in humanitarian interventions. These experiences have made her eager to incorporate interconnectivity into UNSC in the interactions between delegates and with other committees.
Outside of MUN, Cara organises speaker events for OUUNA from diplomats and UN experts. She has also edited and still writes for the Oxford International Relations Society’s journal. When she graduates, she hopes to join the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or do a MSc in International Security.
Moritz F. Adam
Moritz F. Adam is a graduate student at Keble College and the Faculty of Theology and
Religion at the University of Oxford, where he is reading for an M.Phil. in Theology. After
having graduated from a degree in Theology and Religion in 2018, he now pursues further
studies in Old Testament and Hebrew, focusing particularly on the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament, the book of Genesis, and Old Testament theology. He is a scholar of the
Moritz has participated in rather many MUN conferences since 2013 and has chaired
committees at OxIMUN for the past two years. Moreover, his travels relating to MUN have
already taken him to Germany and Latvia besides conferences in the United Kingdom. He
also co-founded a conference in his last year of school and was a member of the organising
body of the largest secondary school MUN conference in Europe.
In addition to participating in MUN debates, Moritz enjoys playing handball for his
university, playing the piano, listening to choral music, socialising with friends, and reading,
predominantly German poetry.