Social, humanitarian and cultural committee
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 Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
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Linda Dai | Director
Linda Dai is a Grade 12 student at Crofton House School. This will be her final year of both high school and Model UN, and she is honoured to be serving as the director of SOCHUM at VMUN 2019 alongside her amazing dais team. During her spare time, Linda can be found sporadically spending all of her money on food, driving around the city with her friends, and starting new Netflix series at unconventional hours. As this will be one of her last MUN conferences, Linda ecstatically looks forward to meeting all of the committee’s delegates and listening to the innovative ideas they come up with!
Alex Han | Chair
Alex is a senior attending Port Moody Secondary School in the International Baccalaureate Programme. After being introduced to Model United Nations in his early grade 9
Saira Suleman | Assistant Director
Saira Suleman is a grade 12 student at Crofton House School and has been a part of Model UN for 5 years. Saira is honoured to be serving as the Assistant Director of SOCHUM at VMUN 2019. After attending her first conference in grade 8, she fell in love with the stimulating debate and discussing global affairs. Model UN has inspired her to be more active and outspoken about her opinions and has given her many opportunities to develop her public speaking, leadership and collaboration skills. Outside of MUN, Saira can be found procrastinating by watching Netflix, or spending time with friends. She looks forward to making VMUN a memorable experience filled with insightful debate and cannot wait to meet all the delegates!
William Tiwana | Assistant Director
William Tiwana is a Grade 12 student attending St. George’s