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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 7 to be considered for an award.

Topic A: Negative Ramifications of Urbanization (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Social Impacts of Refugee Intakes (Click to show summary)


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Adam Mawji | Director

Adam Mawji is a Grade 11 student at Southpointe Academy and is entering his third year of Model United Nations. After two glorious years of delegating and staffing, Adam has gained a refined passion for Model United Nations. Apart from becoming a more aware global citizen, Model United Nations has also lead to Adam meeting of his greatest friends through each inspired committee session. Coupling together, both the social and academic components of Model United Nations make each conference unforgettable. Outside of Model United Nations, Adam is on a constant mission to experience the best in the Vancouver culinary scene and shows extreme passion for the performing arts. Academically, Adam also engages in the occasional debate tournament and science fair.


Jeffrey Shen | Chair

Jeffrey is currently a grade eleven student attending Pinetree Secondary School, and is ecstatic to be staffing at VMUN 2018! He first became involved with Model UN in grade nine. Ever since then, Jeffrey has delegated and staffed at numerous conferences, and is extremely excited to be attending VMUN for the first time! Outside of school, Jeffrey loves to debate, experiment with vegan recipes (even though he is not a vegan), and discover new indie-rock bands on Spotify. He is looking forward to a weekend of lively debate and productive discussion!

Fiona Reuter

Fiona Reuter | Assistant Director

Fiona is a Grade 11 student at Crofton House School. When she first came across MUN in Grade 8, she was instantly captivated by it. Through MUN, she has been able to expand her knowledge of world issues, and gain valuable public speaking and debate experiences. Outside of MUN, Fiona enjoys hanging out with her friends, golfing, running, musical theatre, and watching Netflix. Fiona is thrilled to be able to serve as an Assistant Director for SOCHUM this year, and is looking forward to VMUN 2018. She hopes she can help make the conference enjoyable and successful for the delegates of SOCHUM this year!

Megan Syho

Megan Syho | Assistant Director

Currently a Grade 11 student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Megan is absolutely thrilled to be serving as the Assistant Director of SOCHUM at VMUN 2018. With VMUN being the first conference where she began her MUN journey, she cannot wait to be able to come back again this year as staff. Filled with passion for debate and global issues, Megan has fallen in love with the professionalism and unique environment that Model UN provides. When not dressed in western business attire, Megan can probably be found trying out different bubble tea flavours, listening to generic music, running track & field, playing badminton, or simply scrolling through the internet. Megan looks forward to creating a memorable experience for all delegates at VMUN 2018!

You can contact the Director at Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.

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