practice debate topic- Addressing the issue of gender inequality and child rights violations in disputed states
Conference topic-Countering the spread of violent extremism
The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly also known as The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), is one of the 6 main deliberative organs of the United Nations. The GA3 is allocated to all the social affairs and fundamental human rights issues that affect people all over the world. This broad mandate comprises of a spectrum of social and cultural problems which include;
o The right to life and expression of culture
o Freedom of political participation
o Women’s and children’s rights
o Promotion of social development
o Indigenous and Refugee treatment
o Elimination of racism and discrimination
Since many of the issues involving human rights are wide ranging, GA3 works with not only other general assembly committees but also other organizations such as the WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR and ECOSOC to ensure that the resolutions are strong enough to affect real change and that they are effectively implemented. However, like all General Assembly committees, GA3’s resolutions, decisions, and recommendations have no legal binding upon any of the members, although they carry the weight of world opinion as well as the moral authority of the international community.
First convened in 1948 during the 3rd session of the General Assembly, along with the establishment of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, GA3 has become one of the most important bodies in the United Nations, due to the range of affairs that the declaration deals with. As social issues are inherent to almost all other conflicts that the UN encounters; such as refugees, overpopulation, social welfare and discrimination issues, the solutions formulated by the Third Committee often encompass the work of other, more specialized United Nations bodies or committees.
The simulation of GA3 at SLMUN 2020 is conceived to allow all delegates to participate equally in a vibrant debate. Since the committee targets changes and developments on a cultural and social level, delegates must be quite familiar with their country’s policies and cultures so that they can accurately represent them when the committee discusses its topic. The topic for this year will be,
o Countering the spread of violent extremism
The goal of this committee will be to build a consensus to support and pass a resolution that thoroughly addresses the topic under discussion, while also respecting the differing goals and opinions of all member states. With this goal in mind, delegates should develop and support resolutions that align with their country’s policies, without abandoning their own country’s goals in favor of the resolution.
We hope every delegate who joins this committee will leave with invaluable experience and unforgettable memories.