Nov 17, 2013

Security Council





By Peter Mørch Groth

 

The Security Council plays a crucial role in the decision-making process of the UN. With five permanent members who all posses the power of veto the process of passing resolutions can be a precarious and tedious affair. This proved valid as only two out of three resolution were passed. These resolutions addressed the issues of sustainable peace in the Syrian Arab Republic, the case of supporting peaceful development in Egypt and the state of the international surveillance programs. The latter wasn't approved, as the United States of America utilised their veto power. 

Interview with the Vice Presidents of the Security Council; Dag-Yero Midtvåge Diallo and Tatjana Bianca Schmidt:

“We passed two resolutions out of three, they've been about sustainable peace in Syria, international surveillance programs, that resolution was not passed, unfortunately ”

“Then we debated on the subject of sustaining peace in Egypt.”

“So it's been very relevant issues compared to what the actual Security Council is actually discussing. You realize who important it is to reach an agreement when the P5-nations can topple one and a half days of debating resolutions by vetoing it by the end as it happened, and that is very frustrating but it shows that the resolutions coming out of the Security Council that pass are agreed upon by all nations. Because every P5-member, or actually nine nations  have to vote in favor before it passes.”

 

“It also shows that the Security Council is quite undemocratic in the sense that the P5-nations have the upper-hand – the last word.”

“But we've achieved some quite effective resolutions that actually have some effect compared to just the operative clauses saying calls upon, encourages to; we have a lot of demands and strongly condemns and such. These actually do something.”

“We are satisfied with the delegates and what they've been doing. It would have been better if all three resolutions passed but I think that it was to much of a problem for the United States to pass a resolution against their PRISM-program. But that was of course realistic, and that's the fun part.”

“The absence of Egypt as a delegate when we were discussing the situation of Egypt was quite disappointing as we didn't have the voice of Egypt.”

“It shows how important is is to actually have the delegate there when you are discussing their country or else it could be a totally different resolution. So actually I had to step in and be Egypt for the last half an hour today, and it was fun, I got some delegate time. I didn't think I would get time as a delegate, that was nice"


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