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 January 22nd, 2021, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
The Anglophone crisis in Cameroon is a four-year long conflict driven by deep historical divides between the English-speaking minority in Southwest and Northwest Cameroon, and the French-speaking majority in the rest of the country. Since South Cameroon’s accession into Cameroon proper in 1961, demands for Anglophone independence have plagued the Francophone-dominated government. The current crisis began in late 2016, when lawyers and teachers went on strike to protest the infringement of Anglophone sovereignty. Cameroon has since been plunged into years of conflict, with both sides having been accused of human rights abuses. Attempts for ceasefires and dialogue have proved unsuccessful; since 2019, over 500,000 civilians have been internally displaced, and as many as 10,000 have died.
Since the dawn of maritime commerce, pirates have sought to plunder and profit off ships at sea. For centuries, piracy has posed a threat to the safety of seafarers, businesses, and coastal populations. Through acts of ransom, torture, and murder, pirates have become one of the most dangerous forces at sea. Modern piracy has evolved into a multi-billion dollar black market, with infinitely complex networking and weaponry. As the world becomes increasingly globalized, the need for cross-border cooperation becomes increasingly pertinent. Delegates will need to collaborate through diplomatic discussion to reach a cohesive and effective solution.
Emily Ni | Director
A senior at Crofton House School, Emily is honoured to be serving as the Director of the Disarmament and International Security Committee at VMUN 2021. Ever since her stint as Colombia in this very committee at a VMUN many moons ago, the First General Assembly of the United Nations has captured a special place in her heart. After five years, twenty conferences, and countless entanglements with synonym-generating sites, she can confidently say that MUN has shaped her high school years for the better. Outside of the committee room, she can be found zooming with her friends, recycling red outfits for debate tournaments, and enjoying the best overpriced coffee that Metro Vancouver has to offer. VMUN 2021 marks the beginning of the end of Emily’s rollercoaster ride through this diplomatic world; she is excited to witness a weekend of thrilling debate.
Leo Li | Chair
Currently a senior attending Steveston-London Secondary School, Leo is honoured to serve as the Chair of DISEC for VMUN 2021. First introduced to the world of MUN in his freshman year, Leo has been enraptured by the generative debate, witty speeches, and considerate resolutions that have marked every conference since as an invaluable learning experience. He is indebted to MUN for teaching him how to considerately voice his opinions and for providing him with some of his closest friends. When not tackling his academic commitments, Leo spends his idle minutes napping, admiring great works of architecture, and frustrating over the destruction of culture and moral fabric in this fast-paced and quickly digitizing world. He looks forward to meeting all the delegates at VMUN 2021 and hopes that all delegates engage in self-discovery through diplomacy and vigorous debate!
Michelle Zhai | Assistant Director
As a senior at York House School, Michelle is beyond ecstatic to be serving as the Assistant Director for the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) at VMUN 2021. Ever since her first Model UN Conference in Grade 9, she has been captivated by the compelling world of international relations and has fallen in love with the professionalism and collaborative environment that encompass MUN. From speaking a single-digit amount of times during her first MUN conference to intensely debating 100+ countries, Michelle has enjoyed every second of her MUN experience, even the sleepless nights. Outside of MUN, you’ll catch Michelle drinking an excessive amount of bubble tea, scrolling endlessly through TikTok, arguing that pineapple does indeed belong on pizza, and going on long walks on the beach while blasting music. Michelle looks forward to a weekend full of diplomacy, debate, and discussion, and hopes to create an engaging and unforgettable experience at VMUN 2021.
David Xia | Assistant Director
When initially testing the waters of global affairs, David was ignorant of the soon-to-be transformation of his MUN interests into a defining pillar of his high school experience. From the rightful sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China to the Bloody Week of the Paris Commune to Diogenes of Cynicism, he has come to appreciate both current and historical labyrinths. With sips of dark and unsweetened coffee, your Assistant Director for this iteration of the Disarmament and International Security Committee, aided by his trust in delegates, is confident that freshmen will venture beyond their comfort zones and appreciate the potential of diplomacy like him, whilst veterans further hone their repertoire of skills. Beyond MUN, David can be found generating rolls of unrealistic piano concerto wishlists, stubbornly investigating the year 1421, digging at theoretical philosophy, conversing with lost golf balls, or relishing homemade dumplings. Pending fruitful debates, David embraces all to a dynamic weekend to come!
You can contact the Director at email@example.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.