Disarmament and International Security Committee
The Disarmament and International Security Committee, or DISEC for short, is the First Committee of the UN General Assembly. It deals with conflicts and threats to international peace, and tries to maintain global stability and security. The vast membership of DISEC makes it an especially important organ for dealing with issues of an international scope.
As this committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike, delegates of all abilities are welcome. Position papers, although strongly suggested, are not required. However, delegates must submit position papers by January 8th to be considered for an award.
Since 2004, it is estimated that the due to collateral damage from drone strikes, the United States has killed between 423-965 innocent civilians and between 172-207 children. UAVs are fairly new technology, subsequently international law is quite ambiguous on whether these attacks are legal or not. Although drones have many benefits, they have made war more distant, and many critics have argued that not only are they morally unacceptable, but they also desensitize war.
What happens after a war is just as important as what happens during one. Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration are the steps taken to help countries recover. Many African nations, often due to independence or liberation movements, have had to go through DDR programs. Delegates must discuss whether previous DDR programs are working, and whether there is any way of improving current or future DDR programs. Both topics require a high level of both research and understanding, delegates are expected to come prepared to unravel these very complex issues.’
Eshan Cheema | Director
A senior at St. George’s School, Eshan has been involved with both public speaking and debate since elementary school. He attended his first Model United Nations conference in Grade 10, and instantly fell in love with it. Since then, he’s been involved with countless local and international conferences. Eshan has a sweet spot for General Assemblies, having delegated many in the past. In his free time, Eshan enjoys debating with his friends, rehearsing with his improv team, and loves reading; he is currently reading The Great War for Civilization by Robert Fisk and A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin. He’s also an avid photographer and has recently tried his hand and drawing. He enjoys working with both new and experienced delegates, and looks forward to an awesome conference!
Charles Balcita | Chair
Charles Balcita is a junior student in Johnston Heights Secondary and is thrilled to serve as chair for VMUN 2016 in the committee of DISEC. Introduced to Model United Nations in grade 9, Charles has had the privilege of meeting students from around the lower mainland and to a greater extent, the world. Having worked with students of all skill levels in Model United Nations, Charles still remembers the horrors of speaking at one’s first conference, but encourages all new delegates in his committee and others to research diligently and raise their placards. Outside of Model United Nations, Charles can be seen tending to his schools garden apart of environmental club, planning out school events as apart of leadership or volunteering around the city of Surrey. Charles hopes this will become a truly memorable experience for all delegates attending, and looks forward to meeting everyone this January 22nd to 24th.
Richard Chen | Assistant Director
This is the one you’ll remember. Richard is a grade 11 currently relishing his time at St. George’s School. Richard is a devoted young man. There are three things that Richard has done in his life that he truly values, and it is for you to find out during the conference. Richard realizes that life isn’t fair, that things shouldn’t be taken for granted. Delegates, use this conference to maneuver yourself into the real world. Get out of your comfort zones.‘Yesterday you said tomorrow, so just do it’ -That is the mentality that we need in our next generation. So please, join us, join him, and join me, in VMUN 2016- DISEC.
You can reach the dais at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Your position papers should also be emailed to this address.