Disarmament and International Security Committee
The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), or the First Committee of the General Assembly, deals with issues that threaten world peace. The committee consists of all the members of the UN General Assembly, and its diversity of representation and one-vote-per-member structure make it a unique and valuable forum for building consensus on important issues; however, DISEC is unable to impose sanctions or call for military intervention. At VMUN 2013, DISEC will focus on two extremely relevant topics: bioterrorism and foreign military bases.
DISEC is a beginner-friendly committee: while experienced delegates will do very well on this committee, first-time or less experienced MUN attendees will also be able to excel. Position papers are not mandatory for this committee, but are highly encouraged nonetheless, to aid in your preparation.
In modern times, bioterrorism has become a great global concern for nations all around the world. Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism in which biological agents such as viruses and bacteria are released in the atmosphere, for the sole purpose of causing death and illness among humans. Due to scientific advancements, it is very difficult to identify these agents, allowing them to be easily hidden and transported and increasing their potency. One approach that many nations have already taken to counter this threat is bio-defense, which seeks to protect critical food and water supplies in the event of a biological attack. Delegates will discuss specific further measures to deal with bioterrorism and ways to cease its existence.
In past centuries, many countries have established a strong network of foreign military bases. These countries justify the deployment of military bases beyond their own borders by claiming that their main intention is to protect humans across the globe by preserving peace. However, contrary to these statements, civilians around these bases often feel anything but safe: most of these military installations have led to a proliferation of weapons and have sparked several conflicts in recent year. Moreover, these establishments also threaten the national sovereignty of host countries. Delegates will be scrutinizing the issue of foreign military bases from political, social, economic and historical perspectives.
This committee will have about 100 delegates.
|Afghanistan||Albania||Algeria||Andorra||Angola||Antigua and Barbuda|
|Benin||Bhutan||Bolivia (Plurinational State of)||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Botswana||Brazil|
|Brunei Darussalam||Bulgaria||Burkina Faso||Burundi||Cambodia||Cameroon|
|Canada||Cape Verde||Central African Republic||Chad||Chile||China|
|Colombia||Comoros||Congo||Democratic Republic of the Congo||Costa Rica||Cote d’Ivoire|
|Dominica||Dominican Republic||Ecuador||Egypt||El Salvador||Equatorial Guinea|
|Honduras||Hungary||Iceland||India||Indonesia||Iran (Islamic Republic of)|
|Jordan||Kazakhstan||Kenya||Kiribati||Democratic People’s Republic of Korea||Republic of Korea|
|Kuwait||Kyrgyzstan||Lao People’s Democratic Republic||Latvia||Lebanon||Lesotho|
|Liberia||Libya||Liechtenstein||Lithuania||Luxembourg||Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia|
|Marshall Islands||Mauritania||Mauritius||Mexico||Micronesia (Federated States of)||Republic of Moldova|
|Panama||Papua New Guinea||Paraguay||Peru||Philippines||Poland|
|Portugal||Qatar||Romania||Russian Federation||Rwanda||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Saint Lucia||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Samoa||San Marino||Sao Tome and Principe||Saudi Arabia|
|Slovenia||Solomon Islands||Somalia||South Africa||South Sudan||Spain|
|Syrian Arab Republic||Tajikistan||United Republic of Tanzania||Thailand||Timor-Leste||Togo|
|Tonga||Trinidad and Tobago||Tunisia||Turkey||Turkmenistan||Tuvalu|
|Uganda||Ukraine||United Arab Emirates||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland||United States of America||Uruguay|
|Uzbekistan||Vanuatu||Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)||Vietnam||Yemen||Zambia|
Saman Arfaie is currently a senior student enrolled in University Hill Secondary. He has attended numerous conferences and has won several awards. His great passion for Model United Nations has allowed him to appreciate the merits of every conference he has been to, accumulate precious experiences, and look at the world from a unique global perspective. In his spare time, Saman enjoys working on virtuosic piano compositions such as the Scriabin etudes and Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, attending debate tournaments, solving mathematical problems and helping his community by volunteering. Saman, very honored and excited to be directing the Disarmament and International Security Committee, promises to create an outstanding Model UN experience for all delegates and warmly welcomes everyone to DISEC.
Kevin has been a passionate and decorated Model UN delegate for many years. He is excited to staff in the dynamic Disarmament and International Security Committee. Outside of Model UN, Kevin enjoys swimming, throwing frisbees, and listening to Stephen Colbert’s rendition of Ave Maria. Also, he enjoys anything to do with legal and political policy, and is always available to answer questions. Kevin is currently in grade 11 at St. George’s.
Jessica is a grade 12 IB student at New Westminster Secondary. She is a happy MUNer who developed a passion for conferences during her junior year, and has already found herself as co-president of her school’s MUN club. Her other hobbies include snowboarding, playing piano, and working with Scouts. Jessica is thrilled to have been appointed as an Assistant Director for DISEC, and is looking forward to meeting all delegates and encouraging insightful debate.
As the son of a senior Chinese diplomat at the UN, Jiangbo (nicknamed Jimbo) is well-travelled and always keeps an international outlook. He attended Beijing No. 5 High School and Groton School in Massachusetts before joining St. George’s as a senior this September. Although Jimbo is new to Model UN, he brings with him many valuable experiences with real-world politics; he has worked for the United States House of Representatives under Congressman Jim Cooper, where he researched the Simpson-Bowles Budget Plan with senior congressional staff and legislative assistants. Jimbo has also translated academic papers for the Chinese Foreign Minister’s office, and his translation of “India’s Look East Policy” was published by CIIS, the most prominent Chinese foreign-policy think tank. Jimbo is also the recipient of First Placed Advanced Individual Speaker at the Debating Association of New England Independent Schools. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and tennis.
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.