Welcome to the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) at UPMUNC 52! My name is Bradley, and it is my distinct pleasure to be your chair for what is sure to be four crazy days of spirited debate, clause writing, merging drama, and new friendships. The secretariat and staff have been working tirelessly to make this iteration of UPMUNC the best yet, so I hope that you are as excited for the weekend of November 8th as I am. To tell you a little bit about myself, I’m originally from Southern California’s Huntington Beach. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating in Finance and Management under the Wharton School. 2018 will be mark my 7th year as a Model UN delegate, advisor, and chair traveling to conferences throughout the United States and abroad. In fact, UPMUNC will mark my 40th MUN conference. Outside of MUN, I really enjoy photography, trying new foods, and hiking. This year, the secretariat and the dais have worked together to select compelling topics for your consideration as the committee’s agenda. This will be my third time chairing at UPMUNC. Topic A addresses the pressing issue of illicit trade. Any resolution passed on this topic will have broader implications for determining the rightful governments of states in regulating these trades. Topic B considers the implications of tools such as microfinance to empower impoverished citizens to become self-sustainable. Delegates must address a broad range of humanitarian and socioeconomic issues related to self-sufficiency. In addition to reading the background guide, I highly encourage you to conduct your own supplemental research to build novel yet still feasible solutions on a foundation of historical precedent. My hope is that all of you will research further than you have ever researched so that you may reach your full MUN potentials. I’m looking for solutions that are so innovative and original, you could send them to the UN right after the conference. If you have any questions or concerns before conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Under-Secretary General, Anush, or to Shaina and myself. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you in November!
Sincerely, Bradley Smith
My name is Shaina Zafar and it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to UPMUNC 52! I, along with our chair, Bradley, am truly looking forward to a wonderful weekend of substantive debate and critical solutions from everyone in committee. To introduce myself, I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning to pursue International Relations. I was born in Brooklyn but spent time growing up in Canada before coming back to New York and attending high school in Long Island. Model UN has been a part of my life since middle school and has continued into my college experience. Currently, I am a member of Penn’s competitive Model UN team, Intercol, and enjoy debating on the collegiate circuit. Outside of the world of MUN, I am a part of Penn’s Undergraduate Assembly and Muslim Students Association. In my free time, you can probably find me eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos or cooking eggs at 3 AM. This Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee will be focusing on the following two topics: illicit trade and self-sufficiency. SOCHUM focuses on preserving human rights and implementing fundamental freedoms, which is why all delegates are expected to respect national sovereignty, follow country policy, and maintain diplomacy within the given topics. Illicit trade will encompass a range of issues from illegal organ trade to counterfeit medicines to human trafficking. Use the broad nature of this topic to your advantage. Self-sufficiency has become a necessary philosophy for the developing world and this topic is an opportunity to think creatively with a 21st century, forward mindset. Whether it is microfinancing for families or incentivizing equal rights for women, I personally find this topic to be incredibly important in terms of tangible global sustainability. Bradley and I, along with the incredible UPMUNC team have been working endlessly behind the scenes to make not only this committee but the entire conference an unforgettable experience for all of our delegates. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Bradley. I am excited to see what this committee will bring and look forward to a memorable time to at the conference!
Sincerely, Shaina Zafar
The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Issues, the third committee of the United Nations General Assembly is tasked with discussing topics such as the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues and treatment of refugees among others. The committee also addresses issues such as crime prevention, criminal justice and international drug control.
Illicit trade defines illegal goods & services threaten the integrity and safety of communities and society. As a multifaceted issue, it falls into various industries across the world, ranging from human exploitation to the illegal sale of human organs. Given technological advances and increased globalization, access to illicit items has increasingly become easier and more viable. How can countries and citizens mitigate illicit trade to ultimately overhaul its negative effects in countries?
Self-sufficiency is crucial within the developing and developed world. For this topic, self-sufficiency encompasses social, economic, and political factors that ultimately actualize individuals’ potentials throughout their communities. Creating solutions for this topics calls on innovation in micro-financing and long term longevity. Be sure to look at the Sustainable Development Goals for a broad sense of target areas. How can sustainability be met through the lens of self-sufficiency?
If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Anushrut Shah at firstname.lastname@example.org