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!
Jiani Lin | Chair
Jiani is a Grade 12 student at J.N. Burnett Secondary. Being a part of annual MUN conferences for the past three years have shaped and changed her appreciation for international affairs and debate. As VMUN 2016 will be her last MUN of her high school career, she is incredibly honoured to serve as the Chair of DISEC. In her spare time, Jiani can be found watching Grey’s Anatomy and Friends on Netflix, and enjoying cheesecake whenever she can. She invites all prospective delegates to say hi to her in the elevators or hallways whenever there is a chance!
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 email@example.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Your position papers should also be emailed to this address.