1) Preventing and Rehabilitating Child Soldiers
2) Preventing the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs)
Chair: Catt Phan
Co-Chair: Maithilee Kanthi
Position Papers will be due to the Committee Email below on Friday, November 10th, 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 Dais.
Please take a look at the Position Paper Preparation Guide for further information and examples.
BACKGROUND GUIDE COMING SOON
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY 1ST COMMITTEE: DISEC
The General Assembly 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 states interest to be voiced. Since its establishment under the UN Charter in 1945, the General Assembly has been very influential on the establishment of international law and standard setting.
As one of the six subsidiary bodies that comprises the United Nations General Assembly, the First Committee, or DISEC as it is also known, primarily deals with issues regarding disarmament and threats to international security.
It considers “the principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments,” and makes recommendations based on these principles to member states and the Security Council.
The First Committee provides the capability for Member States to discuss policies on disarmament-related matters often leading to cooperation and compromise in the proposals of language and tools that allow a better understanding of the issues.
It offers the opportunity for states to build consensus, to reach common principles and to agree on norms of behavior when it comes to the ever-changing environment of international security.
Thus, rather than ensuring “security” through the size of their arsenals, Member States are able to discuss how to develop policies that achieve cooperative security outcomes to minimize spending on weapons, reduce arms production and illicit trade, as well as reducing the further increasing stockpiles by numerous developed Member States.
The First Committee often works in close cooperation with the United Nations Disarmament Commission and the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament.
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