SOCHUM: Third Committee, Social, Humanitarian, & Cultural
Welcome to the Third Committee of the General Assembly at SCMUN 2018!
The Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Committee, or Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, is responsible for addressing social and humanitarian affairs as well as human rights issues that may arise within the international community.
Topic A: Protection of Children in Conflict Zones
As war and violent conflict continue to threaten the international community, the safety of children and the continuation of their education is an issue often overlooked. UNICEF reports that currently 22 countries are affected by conflict and almost 24 million children in these conflict zones are not receiving regular schooling. This means that millions of children around the world witness their future being compromised and that they may never have the chance to be productive and contributive members of the society and the economy. As a committee, delegates will be tasked with evaluating how to best protect and improve the lives of children in conflict zones in order to secure the future of the international community.
Topic B: Agricultural Development and Food Security
Food security and agricultural development are two concepts becoming increasingly pressing with the ever-growing and expanding world population. The international community has taken a number of steps to promote agricultural development such as declaring that access to safe and nutritious food was indeed a right, and setting food security as the second of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Delegates of this committee must consider the divide between developing and developed countries, as well as the depletion of agricultural resources attributed to climate change to address the complex issues at hand.