Introduction to the Topic and Committee:
It is to be clarified in the first place that the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs has nolegal rights to impose any changes to the current legal framework adopted by the United NationsSecurity Council, of which the principal matter is to deal with issues concerning international security.The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, under the internal structure of the United Nations,is subordinate to the Security Council, because this committee is a subsidiary of the United NationsGeneral Assembly. The details concerning the responsibilities of this committee will be furtherexplained in the later sections.
“Legal framework for international intervention” is specific yet broad topic, and a highly debatableone. One principle that the United Nations has long upheld is the principle of “non
one must be clear under what circumstances is this principle applied. To begin, one must be remindedthat the boundaries within which this principle can be applied have long been evolving. And asmentioned, it is important to once again note that the enforcement of an international intervention isdetermined within the Security Council. The history of the Security Council and several cases of enforced international intervention shed light not only on the evolving relations between different statemembers within the Security Council
be it deteriorating or normalizing, but more importantly on theevolving nature of international intervention as well. In recent decades, international intervention startsto be extended from matters concerning regional and international security to regional humanitariansituations. It is of high importance for delegates to include humanitarian intervention into the debate,rather than solely focusing on international security matter. One such principle that will shed light onthis matter is the R2P principle, which implies the responsibility of other states to intervene providing aspecific set ( though fluid ) of circumstances.
The mission of this committee ( for details, read through “Important Terms ) is to examine and
evaluate current principles upheld by the United Nations Security Council, such as non-intervention,respect of state sovereignty and responsibility to protect
even regardless of the sovereignty of a state.Unlike the historical committee, this committee is tackling with issues that are evolving. Thus, it iscrucial for delegates to review up-to-date information on the issues prior to the debate. Ultimately, thiscommittee seeks to re-affirm principles that are examined to be right to be upheld, proposerecommendations that will help the United Nations Security Council deal with issues that may or maynot require international intervention more effectively. However, delegates should keep in mind thatthey should not evade within debates the important principles, such as sovereignty. Rather, they shouldwork closely, if possible, clearly defining the circumstances, under which certain principles can andshould be upheld. Delegates, furthermore, are highly encouraged to bring recent materials, such as casestudy of Syria, into the debate.