Security Council

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in Aleppo, 2012. abdullatif anis, Flickr. CC BY-ND 2.0

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with the Syrian Army in Aleppo, 2012. Flickr: abdullatif anis. CC BY-ND 2.0

The Security Council is the most important committee within the UN system, tasked to deal with the most complex and urgent issues relating to the pacific resolution of international conflicts and crises. The Council consists of only 15 nations, five of which are known as the P5 countries, the Permanent Five. These P5 countries hold powerful veto rights that can stop any resolution from passing. This puts the committee under a lot of pressure to find solutions that can be agreed upon unanimously. The remaining ten countries are selected periodically by the General Assembly. Different from any other body within the UN system, the decisions made by the Security Council are legally binding, and countries are obligated to implement its decisions.

Topics, study guides and information about the chairpersons will be released in due course.

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