United Nations Security Council


Topic Summary

Topic: The Situation in Palestine and Israel; The Situation in Eastern Ukraine

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the UN’s most active and influential organs. Responsible for maintaining international peace and security, the UNSC allows delegates to take direct action in addressing some of the world’s most pressing modern issues. The committee will be run as a continuous crisis, letting delegates pursue their agenda within the committee room through debate while building up resources and executing covert plans in the crisis room through crisis notes. Delegates will also have to react to constantly changing conditions, adapting their strategy to best achieve their national interests when faced with new developments.

Our topics this year will be addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the situation in Eastern Ukraine, both of which have been featured prominently in international discourse at some point in the past few years. Regardless of the amount of time and energy dedicated to discussing the topics, they remain largely unresolved. The tension within these regions makes it especially difficult to address the situations without resulting in widespread violence and chaos, so delegates must act carefully and deliberately to shift the status quo in their favor.

Director’s Letter

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the United Nations Security Council! My name is Alex Leonardi and I can’t wait to meet and work with you all as the Committee’s 2020 HMUN director.

I am absolutely thrilled to be directing the UNSC this year! Currently, I’m a sophomore planning on concentrating in Statistics and Computer Science with a secondary in Economics. I did Model UN since my sophomore year of high school and served as an Assistant Director for the Specialized Agencies in HMUN 2019, and I look forward to being back for HMUN 2020! Outside of Model UN, I am a member of the Harvard College Consulting Group and the Harvard Financial Analysts Club, and I plan to go into finance, consulting, law, or business after college.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about committee, college, or whatever else you think that I’m qualified to answer, and I look forward to seeing you all at the conference!


Alex Leonardi

Director, United Nations Security Council

Harvard Model United Nations 2020