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.

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



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Vivian Liang | Director

As a junior year at York House School, Vivian is beyond delighted to be serving as director for the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM) at CAHSMUN 2020. Ever since her first conference back in grade 8, Vivian has been captivated by the avid debate, the countless friendships, and even the sleepless nights that Model UN brings. When not buried under the world of debate, MUN, and speech, Vivian can be found at the pool trying to tackle her nerves before a race, attempting not to drown in a water polo game, and taking on the role of ‘personal counsellor’ for her friends. Vivian looks forward to a weekend full of memories and cannot wait to see you at the conference.

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Jasmine Lin | Chair

Entering her senior year at Crofton House School, Jasmine is more than excited to be serving as a chair in the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee. Ever since attending her first conference, Jasmine has grown to love the sleepless nights filled with invigorating debate. Throughout her MUN career, she has made countless friendships and memories that will become a significant milestone in her high school career. Outside of MUN, Jasmine can be found stressing about university applications, spending late nights fueling her Netflix addiction or visiting new restaurants all around Vancouver. Jasmine looks forward to meeting all delegates at the upcoming iteration of CAHSMUN.

 

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Mikael Borres | Chair

Mikael is currently a junior at Burnaby North Secondary School and is excited to be part of the SOCHUM committee as one of its chairs. Not long ago, Mikael started his MUN career in a previous iteration of CAHSMUN; delegating for the country of Ukraine. The rapid discussion during caucuses, passionate speeches from fellow delegates, and the thrilling atmosphere of the conference got him energized about global politics and its intricacies. Outside of the conferences, he takes his time cooking with his family, reading political memoirs, and taking attentive care for his pets. Mikael hopes that your experience at CAHSMUN 2020 will be exciting, fun, and memorable.