VMUN 2017 will be held on January 20-22, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Registration will open in the fall. Please contact us for any inquiries.

Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee

The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural 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.

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.

Topic A: Rights of Indigenous People in Asia-Pacific (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Community Education (Click to show summary)


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Yvonne Deng | Director

Yvonne is currently a senior at Crofton House School. As she approaches her last months of high school, she is excited to leave the sleepy mornings and caffeinated nights behind her (temporarily). She is honoured to serve as the Director for this year’s SOCHUM. Having been a part of MUN since grade 10, Yvonne has gained a sincere appreciation for international affairs. While her main interest lies outside of the field, MUN has helped shape her ambitions and expand her worldview. Outside, Yvonne can be found in her kitchen, brewing some type of caffeine-infused concoction, or under her blanket cozying up to a book. This will be her last directorship and is glad to end her MUN experience at the same place it first started. She looks forward to meeting all the delegates and wishes everyone the best with their research!


Cindy Kuang | Chair

Cindy is a senior at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington and has been involved in MUN since sophomore year. She fell in love with MUN for the opportunities it provides for learning and growth—as well as the adrenaline rush of delegating in committee. She currently serves as one of the co-presidents of her school’s delegation. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career as a multi-lingual international journalist and cover the diplomatic efforts of real UN delegates. Outside of MUN, Cindy enjoys painting, traveling and making pastries. She had an amazing time as a delegate at VMUN 2014 and 2015 and looks forward to providing the same opportunity to this year’s delegates as the chair of SOCHUM.


Quinn Aquilini | Assistant Director

Quinn Aquilini is a Grade 12 prefect at St. Georges school and VMUN 2016 will be his 12th Model United Nations conference overall (3rd conference as a staff member). Quinn loves to play soccer and head up to whistler for a nice (and fast) day on the slopes in the wintertime. During VMUN, he is extremely excited to serve as the assistant director for the SOCHUM committee and work alongside his fellow staff members. He truly hopes that delegates enjoy the wonderful experience that Model U.N. has to offer as much as he has! Good luck delegates!

You can reach the dais at sochum@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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