The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee 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.
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.
The abolition of slavery in the 19th century in North America and Europe did not fully eradicate slavery on a global level; instead, it changed its forms. Among the most prominent forms of slavery is labour trafficking, defined by the Human Trafficking Hotline as “a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.” More specific forms of trafficking—including forced labour, bonded labour, domestic labour, and child labour—fall under the umbrella term of labour trafficking. Due to the lack of enforcement on industry recruitment, production, and investment, labour trafficking runs rampant in developed and developing countries alike. As a result, around 24.9 million people worldwide are subjected to conditions where they are exploited and forced to work for their right to live.
An estimated 10 million people around the world are stateless in that they are not legally considered nationals by any State. The failure to address the prominence of statelessness has opened a plethora of legal issues that have undermined the human rights of stateless individuals; those who are stateless are denied basic opportunities and rights, including the right to attend schools, receive medical care, and seek employment. Thus, it is the responsibility of delegates to consider the social, political, religious, and economic factors of statelessness. Delegates should not only seek to further the human rights of stateless individuals, but also to preserve social and economic order in countries that are hosts to stateless individuals.
Bridget Young | Director
As a senior in Crofton House School, Bridget Young is more than ecstatic to serve as the Director for SOCHUM. Ever since Grade 9 where she mistakenly fell into the sphere of discord and discussion, Bridget has grown to find an unexpected yet fervent passion in Model UN. Not only has she learned about the practice of public speaking, Bridget has also made some of her closest friends through the process. Outside of Model UN, Bridget can be found “studying” at her local cafe or be seen trying to beat her personal time records in completing sudoku puzzles. Bridget is thrilled to see the riveting debate that comes from VMUN 2020!
Jimmy Ma | Chair
Attending Grade 12 at Port Moody Secondary School, Jimmy is ecstatic to serve as Chair of SOCHUM at VMUN 2020. Jimmy discovered his passion for Model UN in his 9th grade. What was supposed to be a weekend adventure with his friends, turned into an unforgettable journey lasting all four years of his high school career. To Jimmy, Model UN is not simply another extra-curricular, it has made him an informed global citizen and introduced him to friends he will cherish for a lifetime. Outside of Model UN, he can be found making a detailed work schedule he will not follow, resisting the urge for another bubble tea, and experimenting with fashion. Jimmy is eagerly awaiting this year’s conference, and would like to invite all delegates to what he is certain will be yet another extraordinary committee. He looks forward to meeting everyone!
Cindy Zhang | Assistant Director
As a sophomore currently studying at Fraser Heights Secondary, Cindy is honoured to serve as an Assistant Director for SOCHUM at VMUN 2020. Following the first time she stepped into her first conference in 2017, she has since then discovered an unparalleled passion for global affairs. Throughout the span of over 10 conferences, Cindy has learned a valuable set of life skills, such as how to diplomatically solve an issue and how to make instant noodles with a coffee machine. Aside from her Model UN engagements and academic pursuits, she can be found drinking espresso shots, dabbling in photography, and stressing out about her future. With VMUN underway for another year of success, Cindy is thrilled to meet everyone for an unforgettable weekend!
Matthew Leung | Assistant Director
A junior at St. George’s School, Matthew is beyond ecstatic to serve as an Assistant Director of the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee in VMUN 2020. Captivated with deep passion in Model United Nations, Matthew had participated and staffed in various hotel and day conferences throughout these two years, experiencing many types of committees. As the Assistant Director of SOCHUM, Matthew hopes to contribute fully towards the organization of fascinating and exciting committee sessions to ensure delegates get involved with Model UN debate and are on board with how the committee is going to run. Outside of Model UN, Matthew is also an avid musician, playing clarinet and saxophone in various orchestras. Matthew also expresses interest in attempting a new hobby, listening to music and essentially, being a sleep-deprived adolescent. Matthew sincerely hopes the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee will become a phenomenal experience for delegates and the staff team.
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.