Some time ago I attended a Model United Nations conference and participated in the Security Council. One of the members tried several times to extend the time of the meeting but not for a specific time. He wanted us to continue work on the resolution until it was finished.

As motivation, he said:

"Let's us do it like in {this UN meeting}. They worked until midnight."

Which specific real UN meeting does he mean?

Has there been a Security Council meeting which worked on a resolution for such a long time that they worked until midnight?

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    Its only the fate of the world we are talking about here. Why would you want to put yourself out? Just defer to Libya or Iran May 15, 2014 at 19:38
  • I'm very confused by your question and have helped run HMUN. I don't know what you're getting at? May 16, 2014 at 18:19
  • @kcchristianson - Mock UN its a HS/Univ level exercise where students role play a UN meeting to try to solve a mock problem diplomatically. May 19, 2014 at 20:58
  • @kcchristianson - The jist of the question SEEMS to be that someone in MUN referenced a specific real UN meeting that had participants stay until midnight so they could arrive at a resolution. OP is trying to find out if such a meeting really happened in real UN.
    – user4012
    May 20, 2014 at 23:43
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    I flagged for re-opening. The question is pretty clear.
    – user4012
    May 20, 2014 at 23:45

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The longest UNSC meeting that I'm aware of is the 6411th meeting which took place in October 2010 on the topic of 'Women and peace and security'. It lasted from 10:10 a.m. to 10:20 p.m., a duration of just over 12 hours. This is followed by the 6917th meeting, on the topic of 'Protection of civilians in armed conflict', which lasted from 11.05 a.m. until 10:20 p.m., a duration of around 11 hours.

Many UNSC meetings have taken place through the night, the most recent that I'm aware of being the 7225th meeting, which lasted just 10 minutes, but started at midnight. There were also a fair number in 1990, on the topic of Iraq & Kuwait, which took place during the night, in particular, the 2932nd, 2937th, 2938th, 2939th, and 2940th sessions, but none lasted longer than three hours.

A good example of a marathon session taking place through the night came in 2002; the 4503rd meeting, on the topic of 'The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question' lasted from 6 p.m. on Friday March 29th through the night until it rose at 4.40 a.m., a duration of 10 hours 40 minutes.


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