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.

DISEC is appropriate for delegates with any level of experience. Though not mandatory, position papers are highly recommended. Position papers are due January 24, 2014.

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Topic A: Foreign Intervention in Civil War | Topic B: Civilian Casualties in Military Conflict

Michael Hougen | Director

Michael lives during the summer in Canada’s Great White North in the Yukon, while during the winter months he attends St. George’s School. He enjoys hiking, camping, horseback riding, video games, paintball, playing chess and reading sci-fi and fantasy novels. He makes a mean loaf of Italian bread. He often spends his summers in Alaska on his family trawler, fishing and kayaking in Alaskan waters. He hopes that delegates at DISEC will enjoy a rousing debate, and will come up with some unique answers to some of the world’s pressing issues.

Jacky Tung | Chair

Jacky Tung, a grade 12 IB student attending Mulgrave School in West Vancouver, has been a passionate MUNer ever since he completed his first speech at VMUN 2012. When Jacky Tung is not spending countless hours nurturing starving children, saving the world and fighting against evil terrorists, he enjoys spending his time on a variety of extracurricular activities including mastering Starcraft 2, singing in the shower and playing the guitar. Being gifted in different realms of expertise, Jacky enrolls himself in numerous musical clubs, service-related clubs, academic clubs and athletic teams within and outside of school. As a strong leader and experienced MUNer, Jacky Tung has won several respectable MUN awards, staffed in various conferences and also served as secretariat member for multiple day conferences. This year, Jacky Tung has been given the honour to serve as the Chair of DISEC at VMUN 2014, and he looks forward to applying his flexible skills to the best of his abilities.

Ali Geum | Assistant Director

Ali is currently a Grade 11 student at R.E Mountain Secondary in Langley, B.C. She attended her first MUN conference in grade 10 and began to develop a strong interest in international relations ever since. When not at MUN, Ali can be found devoting her hours towards her community, taking part in youth initiatives, or sitting in front of her computer. She is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as the assistant director for DISEC this year and looks forward to giving all the delegates an amazing experience at VMUN 2014!

Harrison Ritchie | Assistant Director

Harrison is currently a Grade 11 student at St. George’s School. Though he has only been involved in MUN since last year, he has already attended many conferences across North America. When he’s not immersed in his schoolwork, Harrison can typically be found debating, browsing Reddit, and listening to and playing music. This will be Harrison’s first time on the dais, and he looks forward to meeting delegates and encouraging interesting debate. He hopes that VMUN 2014 will be a memorable experience for all involved.

You can reach the dais at disec@vmun.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.

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