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


BACKGROUNDERS will be available soon


Sherry Sun

Sherry Sun | Director

A senior at Richmond Christian School, Sherry is honoured to serve as the Director for SOCHUM at CAHSMUN 2019. From stepping up to her first podium in Grade 9 to staffing several conferences across the Lower Mainland, she discovered an immeasurable passion for international relations through this diplomatic sport. Despite her initial uncertainty in joining this community, Sherry is grateful for every individual that prompted her to step out of her comfort zone throughout the years. Aside from her Model UN engagements and academic pursuits, Sherry can be found playing with her poodle, dabbling in photography, or planning another vacation. Looking forward to a weekend of debate, laughter, and memories, she cannot wait to meet everyone at the conference where she began her own journey.

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Andrew Liu | Chair

Andrew is a senior enrolled in the IB Programme at Pacific Academy and is honoured to serve as the chair for Social Cultural Humanitarian Committee at CAHSMUN 2019. As a participant of Model UN since grade 8, he hopes to inspire a similar fervour towards purposeful debate, which he picked up from his first conference, in all of his delegates. In his free time, he enjoys running his dog sitting business, carefully crafting Spotify playlists, and snowboarding throughout Vancouver during the winter. Andrew is looking forward to meeting everyone at the conference and to an unforgettable weekend of productive discourse!

 

Jessica Lin

Jessica Lin | Chair

Currently a grade 11 student at Crofton House School, Jessica is thrilled to be serving as chair of SOCHUM at CAHSMUN 2019. Since walking into her first committee session in grade 8, Jessica has strangely come to enjoy debating until 3 AM, partaking in committee sessions that have turned into roast sessions, and feigning diplomacy in the face of heated debate. When she is not taking naps or sustaining her obsession with sunsets, Jessica can be found fretting over standardized tests, playing basketball, or volunteering throughout Vancouver. Jessica looks forward to meeting all delegates and is unequivocally excited to witness a weekend of diplomacy, debate, and discussion at CAHSMUN 2019.