Disarmament and International Security Committee
From fast-paced conflict resolution to revolutionary policy changes, the Disarmament and International Security Committee lies at the forefront of the United Nations General Assembly. As the first committee of the General Assembly, DISEC addresses conflicts and threats to international peace and tries to maintain global stability and security. Although its resolutions are non-binding, DISEC’s efforts are highly influential and often lay the groundwork for resolutions in other committees of the United Nations. The vast membership of DISEC makes it an especially important organ for dealing with issues of an international scope.
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 7 to be considered for an award.
Although the international community is no more than three decades removed from the Cold War, the start of a similar conflict has emerged as a realistic possibility. With recent conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine, instability in Central Asia, and heightened tension in the Baltic Region, attention must be paid to Russia and its foreign policy goals within the region. Consequently, member states of the Disarmament and International Security Committee are now tasked with mediating any current conflicts in the region, while also formulating a sustainable framework for long-term peace and stability.
As space becomes more accessible than ever before and more and more countries become involved in space, the current international agreements on space are woefully inadequate. An important thing to note is that nations cannot claim sovereignty over or occupy parts of space. Although the international community has established a number of regulations and guidelines preventing the utilization of weapons in space, these policies are not up to date with current technology and lack substantive power or action. Solutions will need to adequately deal with current issues and be adaptable enough for future technological development.
Sean Lee | Director
Sean is currently a grade 12 student at St. George’s School, and is delighted to be serving as your director for DISEC at VMUN 2018. Directing DISEC signifies a full circle moment for Sean, as he represented Portugal in this very committee at VMUN 2014, his first ever Model United Nations conference. Since then, Sean has attended a plethora of conferences as a delegate and as a staff member, and has developed a considerable passion for MUN throughout. In his spare time, Sean enjoys debating, attempting to conjugate Latin verbs, and of course, creating not-so-dank memes. Sean is more than excited for a weekend full of fruitful debate and collaboration, and looks forward to making VMUN an enriching and enjoyable experience for all of his delegates!
Saad Yasin | Chair
A rising Senior at Fraser Heights Secondary, Saad is proud to be serving as the chair of the Disarmament and International Security Committee for VMUN 2018. Saad began Model United Nations in the 9th grade, attending his local day conference, FHMUN. Here is where he fell in love with all the aspects of Model UN, from the passionate debates to the constant networking, there was never a dull moment for him. Now entering his final year in high school Model United Nations, Saad is glad to finally be attending his first ever VMUN. As the chair, Saad hopes that he can make all the delegates of DISEC fall in love with MUN, just as he has.
Sarah Buddhason | Assistant Director
Sarah is a junior at Moscrop Secondary School and is thrilled to serve as the Assistant Director of the Disarmament and International Security Committee. Having participated in Model UN over the span of two years, she has grown to love the intensity of debate and the cooperation needed to resolve pressing global issues. When not studying for an exam, you can often find her involved in numerous projects dedicated to promoting equity in STEM. Outside of MUN, she can be found playing her alto saxophone, buying overpriced coffee, clarifying what her ethnicity is, and starting new shows she’ll never finish. Sarah is looking forward to a conference filled with lively debate, communication, and compromise, and is certain that VMUN 2018 will be a wonderful experience for all delegates!
Alex Yoshino | Assistant Director
Alex is in grade 12 at St. Georges School and is incredibly excited to be the Assistant Director for the Disarmament and International Security Committee. Having attended multiple MUN conferences both in Vancouver and out, Alex has been interested and involved in Model United Nations from grade 7, and his passion for the activity has only grown. During his free time Alex often is training for badminton, or doing his best to launch his professional League of Legends career. Alex is very much looking forward to his first experience staffing and is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community that gave so much to him.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.