Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee

The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee (SOCHUM) is the third General Assembly of the United Nations, tasked with a broad mandate surrounding social, humanitarian and human rights issues from around the world. To delineate a general idea of the committee, some issues discussed within SOCHUM include but are not limited to: human rights, global literacy, women’s rights, children’s rights, the treatment of refugees and displaced persons, international drug control, crime prevention, and the elimination of racism and discrimination. SOCHUM also works closely with many other UN bodies in order to effectually address its mandated issues.

SOCHUM 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: Transboundary Water Affairs | Topic B: Conditions in Refugee Camps

Omar Salemohamed | Director

Omar is a grade 11 student at Mulgrave School. While this is only his second year as a “MUNer”, he is passionate about debating and meeting new people. Aside from MUN, Omar leads a fairly simple life. He is a member of his schools soccer and rugby teams, enjoys playing guitar in a band, and of course is entertained by an occasional reread of the communist manifesto while listening to Pink Floyd. When not being entranced by Marxism, Omar loves to watch movies and travel to new places. Though this may only be his first staff position, he promises a both stimulating and intellectual debate.

Raymond Wang | Chair

Raymond Wang is a Grade 10 student at St. George’s School with an eager interest in global affairs. Having actively delegated at Model UN conferences for over 4 years, he is excited to bring his experience to VMUN as a staff member. When he is not debating foreign policy, Raymond can often be found innovating with STEM and promoting worldwide sustainability. Enthusiastic about inspiring others to tackle modern day issues, Raymond actively reaches out to the local community through camps & associations, in addition to communities around the world through modern media. In his spare time, Raymond enjoys exploring music as both a youth orchestra clarinetist and an avid pianist. He is also passionate about producing short films and editing the yearbook. As the Chair of the SOCHUM committee, Raymond is looking forward to help make VMUN 2014 a great success!

Julie Jeon | Assistant Director

Julie Jeon is a Grade 12 IB student at West Vancouver Secondary School. Julie attended her first MUN conference in tenth grade and since then has developed a passion for MUN. When not busy with MUN, she loves travelling, cheerleading, playing the piano, and eating sushi. She also loves to volunteer and fundraise for local and global organizations. Julie is thrilled to serve as Staff for VMUN 2014, and as one of the Assistant Directors of SOCHUM, she is looking forward to meeting all the delegates and help facilitate a positive and inspiring atmosphere in which delegates can engage in lively debate.

Daniel Kim | Assistant Director

Daniel Kim is currently a grade 10 student at Pacific Academy. Within his short experience Daniel has made a lot of great memories debating with other delegates and making new friends. His hobbies are playing video games and practicing Kendo. His hope for VMUN 2014 is that all delegates both in and out of his committee will also be able to take away both fun and amazing memories, whether it is by debating, making new friends, or sending MUN related pickup lines to other delegates and having them read out loud by the Dais.

You can reach the dais at 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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