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.

Position papers for this committee are due on January 23rd, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Any requests for extensions should be directed to the Chief of Staff at Finished position papers should be mailed to the committee email, at

Topic A: Persecution of Minorities |Topic B: Artistic and Media Censorship

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Michael Twamley | Director Michael Twamley is a senior at Elgin Park Secondary. He joined Model UN in his grade 10 year and has since been a serial delegate, volunteer and staff member. MUN has helped shape his future ambitions in politics, humanitarian aid, global peace and security. Through MUN, Michael has seen the simplicity of the UN, yet the difficulty when it comes to the logistics of taking a principle and implementing that in the real world. Outside of the committee room, Michael co-runs his schools Canadian Cancer Youth Society, manages his schools MUN internal affairs and interns for a sustainability consulting firm called Broadleap. In what little spare time he has left, Michael enjoys lifeguarding competitions, rap music and running. Michael is ecstatic to serve as a director for VMUN 2015 and genuinely looks forward to seeing his delegates have an exciting, productive and memorable experience.

Jennifer Yi | Chair Jennifer Yi is a grade 11 student figuring out the joys and horrors of IB life at Pacific Academy. She loves debate and MUN and hopes to share that love with the delegates of SOCHUM at VMUN 2015. Outside of the fascinating world of MUN, she is the head of her debate team, co-founder of the VHSO Southern League, head of science club and one seriously cat-obsessed person! She simply cannot wait to meet every single delegate in her committee!

Angela Wang | Assistant DirectorAngela, a grade twelve student at Elgin Park Secondary School. She is especially pleased to have the honour of serving as your AD for SOCHUM. Her Model UN journey began when she was in grade ten, and since her first conference has been passionate about Model UN. Aside from Model UN, Angela enjoys photography, travelling, and volunteering. As a previous VMUN delegate, she looks forward to ensuring that VMUN 2015 will be a delightful and memorable experience for all who attend.

Arjun Mehta | Assistant Director Arjun is a Grade 10 student at St. George’s School. His involvement in Model UN began four years ago after reading about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, one of the most fascinating nation-states. He is constantly immersing himself in world news to continue to improve his understanding of international relations, and to expand his expertise on Kim Jong-Un’s regime. Outside the world of MUN, Arjun can be found skiing, rowing, baking, playing cricket, studying languages, and getting randomly selected for secondary inspection at international airports. He aspires to eventually become a diplomat in a smaller, neutral country where he could enjoy either the beach or the snow. Arjun is thrilled to be serving as an Assistant Director for SOCHUM at VMUN 2015, and is looking forward to fierce and friendly interactions alike between delegations.

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