The Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM) is the Third Committee of the General Assembly that is specially tasked with addressing a wide range of social and humanitarian affairs as well as human rights issues. 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 sochum@cahsmun.org.


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Kevin Zuo | Director
Kevin Zuo is a grade 11 student currently attending Fraser Heights Secondary. He is honoured to serve as the director of the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee at CAHSMUN 2017, and is beyond excited to meet all the delegates attending the conference. Kevin has been an active participant of MUN ever since his grade 8 year, and has served on multiple staff and secretariat positions. In his spare time, Kevin can be found debating, reading, volunteering, as well as playing the piano for leisure and relaxation. He cannot wait for CAHSMUN 2017, where he will commit his utmost effort to ensure that all participants will have a rewarding time.

Gina Liang | Chair
Gina Liang is a grade 12 student at Eric Hamber Secondary and is honoured to be serving as your chair for SOCHUM. After discovering Model UN in her junior year, she promptly found a love of politics and intense debate. Outside of MUN, Gina can be found playing on a volleyball court, involved with numerous non-profits such as VP of External Affairs for Wish Youth Network Society, as well as, attending (and trying to win) case competitions such as Mini-Enterprize. She wishes all delegates to have a memorable experience attending CAHSMUN 2017, whether they may be a beginner delegate or a veteran MUNner.

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Adam Dobrer | Chair
Adam Dobrer is a senior at Hugh Mcroberts Secondary who first got involved with Model United Nations after accidentally walking into a meeting in Grade 9 where the sponsor teacher locked the door and has been in love with it ever since. When he’s not making bad puns, he can be found binge watching and rewatching shows on Netflix, looking at, taking “aesthetic” photos of and then subsequently eating food of all colors and cuisines and trying to survive the delicate problems posed by being “vertically challenged.” Adam is super stoked to be the chair of SOCHUM and looks forward to meeting everymun!