Dear Delegates

Welcome to the most high-profile committee of Harvard Model Congress Asia! The United Nations Security Council the governing body of the United Nations–the most broadly-based and far-reaching supranational organization. As such, the Council’s duties are many. In addition to administrative matters regarding the United Nations, the Council is entrusted with maintaining “international peace and security,” investigating “any dispute or situation which may lead to international friction,” determining “the existence of a threat to peace or act of aggression and to recommend what action should be taken,” and calling on member states “to apply economic sanctions and other measures” against bad actors, as well as mobilizing multilateral military force when the Council deems it necessary.

Given the high importance of the Security Council’s work, its responsibilities are shared over time across United Nations member states. Though there are five permanent members of the Security Council–the United States, Britain, Russia, China, and France–its remaining ten member states serve temporary, two-year terms, and are geographically distributed roughly evenly across the continents. Though each member state may have its own set of individual interests, delegates to the United Nations Security Council are asked to stand for the greater good of the world, even when that might be contrary to one state’s particular interests.

When the United Nations Security Council meets in Hong Kong in January 2017, we will consider both global responses to natural disasters and education for girls in sub-Saharan Africa. When debating both topics, remember that the work of the United Nations Security Council is a crucial cornerstone of global safety and security. Countless lives hang in the balance of the work that the Security Council performs, day in and day out. Delegates are expected to understand and respect the grave importance of this work, and thus to faithfully discharge their duties in January.

I look forward to your eager preparation, and to your life-saving work at our session at HMC Asia 2017!

Very truly yours,
Maddy Nam
Chair, United Nations Security Council, HMC Asia 2017

About Me

Maddy Nam

UN Security Council
Maddy is a junior at Harvard studying History & Literature. Though she now resides in New Jersey, she grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and will be spending the next semester studying abroad in Madrid. Maddy has staffed conferences in Sao Paulo, San Francisco, Boston, and Rome; this will be her ninth HMC conference. When she’s not doing schoolwork, Maddy can be found listening to too much country music, re-watching Game of Thrones, or reading YA novels. 

Pre-Conference Assignment

Each delegate will submit two one-minute speeches, one on each briefing topic. These speeches should written from the perspective of the delegate’s assigned role — for example, a delegate assigned the role of the United States should present arguments that the United States would be in favor of. The pre-conference assignments are due on December 22nd and should be sent to your committee chairs by email (see above). Delegates should use this opportunity to research their role and become familiar with the topics at hand in order to prepare for the conference. Committee chairs will provide feedback on these assignments before the conference.