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 are mandatory and must be submitted by April 17, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
The use of biological weapons has been documented since as early as 1500 BC and encompasses the usage of biological toxins or infectious agents as weapons; typically, these include bacteria, viruses, and fungi. From the British use of smallpox against Native Americans in the 18th century to the 2001 anthrax attacks against the U.S. Congress, governments and organizations around the world have consistently expressed interest—despite international prohibition—in creating more advanced and powerful biological weapons. Since living organisms can be unpredictable and resilient, biological weapons pose a very unique threat. As biological weapons technology continues to develop, its devastating potential becomes increasingly apparent. As such, it is imperative that the international community contain its development and usage before biological weaponry becomes an uncontrollable threat to humanity.
In February 2021, Myanmar’s national armed forces seized full control of the government after arresting Aung San Suu Kyi—the nation’s civilian leader—and many members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party. The coup was a result of the waning influence and power of the military’s generals in the government as democracy developed under Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership. As a result of the coup and Aung San Suu Kyi’s arrest, hundreds of thousands around the country have protested and gone on strike, prompting violent military crackdowns and the death of hundreds of civilians. Moreover, the military’s absolute power threatens Rohingya minorities within the nation, who claim ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses committed by the military, requiring immediate attention from the international community.
Madeline Kim | Director
A Grade 11 student currently studying at Crofton House School, Madeline is honoured to be serving as the Director of DISEC at VMUN 2022. Since first stepping into the committee room on wobbling stilettos, Madeline has quickly become engrossed in the caffeine-fuelled debate and exhilarating nature of high school Model UN. Above all, she has come to appreciate the invaluable life lessons and countless friendships she has gained from the community and greatly attributes her passion for global affairs to the world of mock diplomacy. Outside of the conference room, Madeline can be found baking treats at ungodly hours of the night, falling asleep on public transit, or chasing sunsets and sunrises across Vancouver. Madeline eagerly awaits a weekend of multifaceted and compelling debate, and she is incredibly excited to meet all delegates at VMUN 2022!
Ahmad Shams | Chair
A Grade 12 student attending Semiahmoo Secondary, Ahmad is honoured to be serving as the Chair of DISEC for Vancouver Model United Nations 2022. Having been violently “encouraged” into joining MUN in Grade 9, Ahmad has found a passion for the activity and has attended several conferences since. Having constantly been taken aback by the prolific, inventive and at times, seemingly aimless resolutions during his time as a delegate, he now wishes to experience the nuanced world of MUN this time as a part of the Dais team. Whenever not sporting Western Business Attire, Ahmad can be found reading science blogs, volunteering, and browsing through Reddit threads. He looks forward to a weekend of fruitful debate and a memorable experience at VMUN 2022.
Katie Bos | Assistant Director
Katie Bos is a Grade 12 student at Crofton House School and is thrilled to serve as the Assistant Director for the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) at VMUN 2022. The diplomacy, debate, and emphasis placed upon the inclusion and diversity of perspectives is what excites Katie about the world of MUN. From long hours spent researching foreign policies to the inevitable laughter at the technical problems of zoom conferences, Katie has enjoyed every memorable experience MUN has offered over the last three years. Aside from MUN, you can find Katie playing piano, viola, or singing. She also enjoys soccer, teaching French to kids, and anything that involves being outdoors. Katie is looking forward to meeting everyone for a memorable and educational experience at VMUN 2022.
Chloe Mau | Assistant Director
Chloe Mau is a Grade 11 student attending Bellarmine Preparatory School in Washington state and is ecstatic to serve as the Assistant Director of DISEC for VMUN 2022. Since attending her first conference in 6th grade, Chloe has come to realize that Model UN is not only an extremely relevant and rewarding experience, but it also entails some of the biggest highlights a student can experience. Besides being completely captivated by the global politics of MUN, you can find Chloe learning piano pieces like the AOT theme song, extolling her grandpa’s thousand dollar bonsais and grafted plants, and drinking gallons of bubble tea. Chloe looks forward to seeing delegates stepping out of their comfort zone and have MUN become something they love at VMUN 2022!
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.