United Nations General Assembly - SOCHUM
Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs Committee
The Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs Committee is one of the six specialised subcommittees of the United Nations General Assembly and generally referred to as the Third Committee. The General Assembly allocates the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs Committee agenda items related to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect people all over the world.
AGENDA– Rights of the Indigenous People
CHAIRPERSON: KARISHMA KHARBANDA
VICE CHAIRPERSON: Tanushree Gupta
RAPPORTEURS: Uttsavi Lohia, Soumya Sachdev
United Nations Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly.
AGENDA– Protection of Freedom of Expression on the Internet
CHAIRPERSON: SHUBHANGINI GUPTA
Shubhangni is a research student of modern Indian history, currently pursuing her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been a part of MUNs for over seven years and has participated in various capacities- as a delegate, organiser and executive board member. Through her experiences in the MUN circuit as well as in the academic arena, she has been able to combine the best aspects from both the worlds and contribute to the activity in a constructive manner. Her research interests include cultural policy as a part of colonial Indian history and a study of heritage and architecture. Being a part of a prestigious MUN like MCGSMUN 2019, she hopes to chair a memorable committee and encourage a learning process for the delegates through substantive debate.
VICE CHAIRPERSON: Mihika Kapoor
RAPPORTEUR: Chaitnya Chopra
United Nations Security Council
The Security Council, the United Nations’ principal crisis-management body, is empowered to impose binding obligations on the 193 UN member states to maintain peace. The council’s five permanent and ten elected members meet regularly to assess threats to international security, addressing issues that include civil wars, natural disasters, arms control, and terrorism. The Council aims to peacefully resolve international disputes under Chapter VI of the UN Charter, which authorises the council to call on parties to seek solutions via negotiation, arbitration, or other peaceful means.
AGENDA– The situation in the Sahel region
CHAIRPERSON: AGASTYA SEN
VICE CHAIRPERSON: Aayush Choudhary
RAPPORTEUR: Vasvi Gupta
Strategic Policy Group
The Strategic Policy Group was originally created as part of the National Security Council (NSC) to advise the Government on all matters of national security and strategic importance. The SPG was designed to be the key agency to undertake periodical strategic defence reviews and come up with policy options for the NSC to deliberate and decide upon. In this context, SPG was seen as the first ever formal mechanism established by Government of India for inter-ministerial coordination and integration of relevant inputs significant for the formulation of national security policies. The National Security Advisory Board brought together, under a formal structure, a group of eminent national security experts comprising senior retired officials, civilian as well as military, academics and distinguished members of civil society having vast expertise and experience in areas Internal and External Security, Foreign Affairs, Defence, Science & Technology and Economic Affairs.
AGENDA– Security Review of North-eastern India
CHAIRPERSON: SYEDA ASIA
Syeda Asia is the founding member of LEARN, an initiative in life skills education. She is currently pursuing her PhD in organisational studies at Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. She has worked for education policy implementation under Gandhi Fellowship in rural Rajasthan. Asia is involved in curriculum consultation to Rishi Valley Rural Education Centre – Krishnamurthi Foundation India for content curation in enrichment courses for in-service faculty. Her research in the field of education and organisational anthropology has been recognised at international platforms such as 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies, Paris, France and UNESCO’s Transforming Education Conference for Humanity 2018. She is the recipient of the Emerging Scholars Award at the 19th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations, Vancouver, Canada.
VICE CHAIRPERSON: Shashwat Mimani
RAPPORTEUR: Nandika Jhunjhunwala
The European Commission is the EU’s politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. The Commission is the sole EU institution tabling laws for adoption by the Parliament and the Council that protect the interests of the EU and its citizens on issues that can’t be dealt with effectively at national level. The Commission speaks on behalf of all EU countries in international bodies, in particular in areas of trade policy and humanitarian aid. It also negotiates international agreements for the EU.
AGENDA– Policy of Climate Neutral Economy with special emphasis on energy efficiency, competitive industry and Circular economy, and infrastructure and interconnections
CHAIRPERSON: DAKSH WALIA
Daksh Walia is an avid debater hailing from the beautiful city of Chandigarh, pursuing an Economics and Philosophy major at Ashoka University. He has participated in an array of public speaking events ranging from parliamentary and conventional debates to Model UN and other such ventures. Daksh has received multiple awards for his writing skill and likes engaging in all forms of non-fiction writing.
He believes that Model UN is a unique learning opportunity as it expertly combines strong research with quick analysis and is vital to skill developments in these areas. He hopes to utilize his skills efficiently for serving the delegates at this conference.
VICE CHAIRPERSON: Bhavya Sheoran
United Nations Environment Programme
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), established in 1972, is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Its mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
AGENDA– Conserving and protecting the marine environment
CHAIRPERSON: TAYYABA RIZWAN
Tayyaba Rizwan is an active member of the Model United Nations and Delhi Debating circuit, currently pursuing B.A(Hons) English from Lady Shri Ram College , Delhi. Having a firm belief in the importance of discourse ad debate, she has participated in both conventional and parliamentary debates at school and college level and has also worked in various capacities in Model United Nations Conferences. Having a keen interest in humanitarian issues , she has volunteered with NGOs ,namely HOPE Foundation and CRY- Child Rights and You ,in the capacity of a teacher to help in the upliftment of children from socially backward classes. She hopes to make the conference worthwhile for all delegates.
VICE CHAIRPERSON: Rrydhimma Prasad
RAPPORTEUR: Sabeen Karer
International Press Corps
Founded in 1948, the United Nations Correspondents Association has a long history of providing representation and support to the members of the U.N. press corps. These journalists are an essential part of the way international politics operate in the modern world, acting as the link between the U.N. and the public. With the multitude of U.N. committees and assemblies making critical decisions towards current conflicts, contemporary issues, past wounds, and future possibilities, there has to be a way through which these can be shared. Press corps correspondents work tirelessly to disseminate the vital information related to these decisions in a fair and balanced manner to those who will be affected by these decisions.
CHAIRPERSON: HARSHVARDHAN YADAV
Harsh Vardhan Yadav is currently pursuing his masters in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Having a keen interest in management and skill development, he has been actively involved in developing comprehensive learning management modules and individually trained 2000+ students across India. He has served as the Secretary General of Delhi University Model UN Conference for its 5th edition in 2015, a prestigious pan-university annual event. In this capacity, he managed a team comprising of 50 students from various reputed colleges of the university for a year to deliver the conference.
He has been associated with MASS CLIMB, working on education management and research. He looks forward to the conference and the efforts of all delegates.
RAPPORTEUR: Janhavi Mahajan