General Assembly Committees

SDG 4: Quality Education -  SOCHUM

The United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee, also known as the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Issues Committee (SOCHUM), is one of the UN’s longest-standing bodies. Since it’s inception, it has been dedicated to addressing a wide range of issues within the realm of human rights, minority issues, the advancement of women and children, and a myriad of other topics. This year, the SOCHUM’s agenda will focus on problems related to education. Delegates o the SOCHUM will be tasked with addressing 3 prescient topics related to education, including creating a Global Curriculum; providing education to children in war zones; and bridging the gender gap that continues to hamper women’s opportunities to access equal education. At the heart of each topic lie complex cultural, social, and political questions that will require delegates to engage in genuine diplomacy. Indeed, while countries hold a widely diverging set of beliefs on the topic of education, consensus will have to be reached to permit comprehensive and effective resolutions to the issues at stake.

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth - ECOFIN

From gender equality in mortgage lending to carbon pricing policies, the Economic and Financial Committee will discuss some of the most pressing contemporary issues in the spheres of economics and finance. ECOFIN customarily exists at the intersection of economic and social policy, and we hope to see debate on both sides of the spectrum. The topics that will be discussed are: A) Improving Accessibility to Consumer Financial Products and B) Economic Incentives to Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The goal of this committee is to discuss concrete economic and financial regulation policy solutions to the topics, and as such delegates with some level of academic study in either macroeconomic theory or finance will be much more comfortable with the content. However, delegates from all backgrounds are welcome. This committee will also do away with traditional position papers in favour of strategy papers, which will be explained further in the background guide.  

SDG 14: Life below Water - UN Oceans

The world’s oceans play an essential role in the economy, environment, and wellbeing of every nation and community on Earth, from coastal towns and fisheries to landlocked states. Many of the earliest truly international, multilateral treaties began as agreements on the use of marine resources, the establishment of territorial and economic jurisdiction over coastal areas, and negotiations over the conduct and movement of naval vessels.

UN Oceans 2019 will be a wide-ranging and engaging committee as delegates work in concert to tackle three issues of critical importance to the health of oceans and coastal areas – and the communities that rely on them – around the globe. The topics of discussion for this year’s committee are: A) Pollution, Ocean Acidification, and Sustainable Fisheries: A Global Warning, B) Freedom of the Seas: De-Escalation and Anti-Piracy in the 21st Century, and C) indigenous Communities and Climate Change

The Dais of UN Oceans 2019 is excited to see what this committee’s delegates will bring to the table in support of the world’s oceans and those who rely on it.