First Committee: Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)

Committee Introduction

Welcome to the UPMUNC 52 Disarmament and International Security Committee! The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), also known as the First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations, handles threats to world peace. Since each nation-state puts sovereignty, national security and self-interest first, states have a tendency to try and maximize their power over others. What results is a perpetual imbalance in power. Whether this power be military, economic, or political, DISEC’s role is to ensure that despite this imbalance, the UN as a body continues to uphold global security and peace We have high expectations for this debate, and we look forward to moderating your discussions in November!


Topic A: Treatment of War Prisoners

The rules defining the protection of Prisoners of War(PoWs) were first outlined in the third Geneva convention of 1949, which prevent subjugation to torture, degrading treatment, and murder. While the number of PoWs in recent time has decreased, their treatment has not. How can the rules outlined in the Geneva convention be better enforced and adhered to in today’s age?


Topic B: Foreign Military Bases

By establishing military bases around the world, countries can project their might to other powers and in doing so, influence crucial events overseas. While it is true that the number of foreign military bases has drastically fallen since World War II, countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, and France still possess a large number of installations abroad. With tensions around the world again on the rise, will we see a resurgence of foreign military bases to their pre-World War II numbers?


If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Anushrut Shah at anushsh@seas.upenn.edu

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