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.
This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by February 7th, 2020, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Since Mali’s independence from French rule, a fragile and weak government has led to multiple rebellions within the nation, the last of which was a major civil war that lasted several years. Now, six years after the conflict, the government of Mali has yet to take a firm foothold of the nation—armed extremist groups wage battles in a struggle for territory, communities remain devastated, and corruption hinders all attempts to improve the situation. As the situation only worsens and with the lives implicated only growing day by day, the situation calls for the involvement and support of the entire international community.
Outer space has always been a medium for human ambition. From the first attempts at space exploration to the astounding—and sometimes odd—accomplishments of today’s space technologies, humanity has persisted in its desire to explore the unknown. The development of space travel and the proliferation of space-related scientific research has attracted the attention of private corporations and governments alike, many of whom have made significant investments in space exploration technology. With human expansion into new territory, however, comes the necessity to replace outdated treaties and implement rules and regulations that are relevant to the space exploration ventures of today. Thus, it is DISEC’s task to ensure that space is used peacefully and sustainably for the sake of future endeavors.
Lincoln Lee | Director
Lincoln is entering his Grade 11 year at Port Moody Secondary School and is honoured to serve as the Director of DISEC. After a coincidental visit to his MUN club meeting, he has been hooked by the merit of debate. Since then, he has had immense luck in discovering his passions, learning about politics and meeting incredible people. In his spare time, Lincoln can be found watching political YouTube videos, eating with friends or practicing card tricks. Lincoln hopes that VMUN will be an inspiring experience for all and looks forward to meeting everyone in person.
Byron Edwardson | Chair
Byron is ecstatic to serve as the Chair of DISEC at VMUN 2020. With this as his second year with VMUN, he is drawn back because of the quality and professionalism they maintain. He often finds himself perplexed by military history and the retrospective interpretation of events, including cause and consequence, which create ambiguity. Currently a senior in the IB Program, his spare time consists of the management of various MUN duties and a wide array of reading consisting mainly of Nietzsche and Jung. He particularly enjoys philosophy and political theory. Byron sincerely looks forward to seeing you in February.
Cynthia Fung | Assistant Director
A senior at Richmond Christian Secondary School, Cynthia is ecstatic to serve as the Assistant Director for DISEC at VMUN 2020. From her initial glimpse of the fast-paced atmosphere in Grade 9, until now, entering her fourth year, she has never failed to be captivated by the unique debate and community Model UN nurtures — she wishes to incite the same passion for the activity in delegates as a staff member. In her spare time, Cynthia is often learning the nuances of Adobe programs, rewatching old movies, or drinking an iced coffee to mask her sleep deprivation. She looks forward to meeting delegates and making VMUN an unforgettable experience!
Elizabeth Park | Assistant Director
Elizabeth is currently enrolled in her senior year at Port Moody Secondary and is enthralled to serve as an Assistant Director of DISEC at VMUN 2020. After attending her first conference two years ago, she was captivated by the intricacies of international affairs and diplomacy. Since then, she has further fostered her interest in global issues, creating lasting friendships and memories along the way. Aside from MUN, Elizabeth can be found competing in business case competitions, watching dog videos, and making playlists on Spotify. Elizabeth is looking forward to meeting you all and hopes VMUN 2020 will be an unforgettable experience filled with fruitful and lively debate.
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.