The Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM) is the Third Committee of the General Assembly and is specifically tasked with addressing a wide range of social and humanitarian affairs. Some of the goals of SOCHUM include the advancement of women, the protection of children, the access to free speech, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the promotion of the right to self-determination. The Third Committee has delegated a portion of these responsibilities to its sub-committee, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which reports back to the GA on matters related to human rights. 

As a General Assembly committee, its recommendations are not only a valuable part of providing solutions, but a representation of cooperation at the highest level. All 193 member-states belong to all six GA committees and each resolution produced by those committees are of contributions from the international community as a whole.

SOCHUM offers the traditional Model United Nations experience for delegates of all experience levels. Position papers are recommended for this committee, but are mandatory for delegates to be considered for awards. Please read about CAHSMUN’s Position Paper policy, which can be found under the list of committees on the “Committees” page.

Questions, inquiries, and position papers for this committee can be emailed to

The SOCHUM committee will participate in Summit A - more information about the Summit program can be found here

BACKGROUNDERS are now available!

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Jadine Ngan | Director
Currently a senior at Richmond Christian School, Jadine is honoured to serve as the Director of SOCHUM at CAHSMUN 2018. Since joining her school club halfway through the ninth grade, she has been enthralled by the world of MUN and is appreciative of the leadership opportunities, lasting friendships, and personal growth enabled by her MUN involvement. When Jadine isn’t studying, she can be found working with children, managing public relations for Kindlers Society, attempting to learn guitar, or playing Jackbox with her friends. She hopes to make this conference a memorable weekend filled with rousing, lively debate and looks forward to meeting all delegates! 

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Eleanor Lee | Chair
Eleanor is currently a Grade 12 student attending Little Flower Academy, where she can always be found talking and laughing very loudly. Because of her tendency to argue with anyone who dares challenge her (her parents found out the hard way), Eleanor has been involved in debate since Grade 4, and, at the earliest opportunity, joined her school's Model UN club in Grade 10. Since then, she has attended quite a few MUN conferences. Aside from MUN, Eleanor takes particular interest in playing and refereeing soccer, doodling on her homework (which always needs spicing up), watching professionals make eggs in a whole gamut of different ways on YouTube, feeding her insatiable candy addiction, people-watching, and making all sorts of visual and literary art. Eleanor cannot wait to meet all the delegates and is unfathomably ecstatic to be serving as the Chair of SOCHUM at CAHSMUN 2018!

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Benjamin Steven | Chair
Ben is currently in Grade 11 at St. George’s School and is excited to be staffing at CAHSMUN 2018. Ever since his first conference in Grade 9, Ben has continued to be an active participant in MUN and especially enjoys the social aspects of it, that is, getting to meet new people through the enticing debates that MUN consistently offers. When he’s not quoting various shows like Community and The Office, Ben can usually be found on Snapchat attempting to be funny and relatable, often failing in both ways. Overall, Ben hopes to provide an open and inclusive environment for all delegates and will do his best to assure everyone that “[he doesn't] have an ego, [his] Facebook picture’s a landscape” (Jeff Winger, Community, Season 1).