Council Description:

Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) is the first committee of the UN General Assembly which deals with the problem of disarmament, threats to peace, and the international security regime. As a General Assembly, the function and power of DISEC are clearly stipulated under Article 10-17 of the UN Charter. In spite of its non-binding resolution, DISEC can give recommendations to the UN Security Council regarding necessary actions in accordance with DISEC’s scope to be carried out in their legally-binding resolution.

Topic:

Reevaluating the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Topic Description:

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) has been an international norm that is endorsed when a state fails to protect its people from mass atrocities; genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. Consequently, the international community can take all necessary measures to halt the said grievance. The concepts of R2P are to stop governments that have been clinging on power and to minimize further casualties. However, the practice of R2P is not as noble as its theory. The crisis that is still ongoing in Libya, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, and other conflicting states has revealed several misconducts, inconsistencies, even failure of R2P. Interpretation of required intervention, plethora militaristic approach, and overlapping actors vis- à-vis political interests of its decision-maker had caused more havoc in R2P implementation. Adopted by the UN since 2005, this council will have to discuss whether the conceptual flaws of R2P and its conduct are worthy of putting international security in jeopardy.