1) Protecting and Improving the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
2) Improving Coordination of Humanitarian Response to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies
Chair: Catt Phan
Co-Chairs: Vivian Velez
Position Papers will be due to the Committee Email below on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by 11:59pm and should be no longer than one page per topic, single-spaced.
In order to be eligible for awards, delegates must submit position papers to the Dias.
Please take a look at the Position Paper Preparation Guide for further information and examples.
UN General Assembly 3rd Committee: SOCHUM
The General Assembly (GA) is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprised of 193 representatives from member states, the General Assembly creates multilateral discussions on global issues in a way that allows for each Member State’s interest to be voiced.
Since its establishment under the UN Charter in 1945, the General Assembly has been very influential on the establishment and maintenance of international law. In the spirit of international cooperation all Member States have one vote when deciding on resolutions, policymaking and recommendations to states.
Recently there have been pushes to reach a consensus, with all states in agreement, when debating policies and recommendations. But most importantly it is the goal of the General Assembly is to make recommendations that result in a peaceful settlement in situations that have the potential to escalate or impair friendly relations between states.
When the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly enters the range of issues that relate to social, cultural, and humanitarian affairs as well as those connected to human rights, it is the Third Committee, also known as SOCHUM, that is primary subsidiary body that is considered. Often, the committee will focus on such concerns that affect people across the international community.
Questions relating to the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination have also become popular subjects of discussion for the Third Committee of the General Assembly.
In addition, the Committee addresses important social development questions such as issues related to youth, family, ageing, persons with disabilities, crime prevention, criminal justice, and international drug control.
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