Simulation of the UN Veto Initiative

Date & Time Apr 28 2023 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location Burr Hall
Audience Restricted to Princeton University, Registration Required

In April 2022, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the so-called ‘Veto Initiative’ under Resolution A/RES/76/262, which establishes a standing mandate for a UNGA meeting any time one or more of the five Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States – cast a veto. At this meeting, the UNGA will debate the situation as to which the veto was cast, and the member or members who cast the veto are invited to speak first on the matter. Other Member States may speak as well, and the outcome is open.

The Liechtenstein Institute is organizing a simulation of the ‘Veto Initiative’ on Friday, April 28, 2023, 10:30am-1:00pm. Lunch will be served.

At this simulation, we would like to test scenarios for the application of the ‘Veto Initiative’ and its implications for the possibility of action in the UNGA and the UNSC, as well as the relationship between the two bodies. Our case study is Myanmar.

Relevant participants in the simulation include all 15 members of the UNSC; all 10 ASEAN members; Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, Gambia, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mali, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, and Ukraine; and the (non-voting) EU representative.

The Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, which proposed the Veto Initiative, will join us in Princeton for the simulation.

The Liechtenstein Institute is seeking applications from undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the simulation. Participants should be available for a preparatory meeting on Friday, April 14, 2023, 10:30-11:30am.

Interested students should email their CV and motivation letter to Jana Peper,