General Assembly First Committee
Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)
The First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, otherwise known as the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), addresses threats to international security. Its charter covers a wide range of disarmament and international security measures, and it seeks to promote and achieve international peace through the global cooperation of the member states. It also works closely with the United Nations Disarmament Commission and the Conference on Disarmament in relation to issues of disarmament and regulation of armaments. Some issues that have been discussed in past DISEC sessions include, but are not limited to, space security and sustainability, nuclear disarmament, transparency in armaments, establishment of nuclear-weapons-free zones in sub-Saharan Africa, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: Establishment of a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East
Topic B: Violent Non-State Actors in Conflict AreasAvailable November 30, 2018
Letter from the Chair
Welcome to JHUMUNC 2019! My name is Cindy SeYeon Choi, and I will be serving as your chair for the First Committee of the General Assembly. I’m very excited to hear all your voices on our topics, and I hope that you are as excited as I am for this year’s conference.
To give a little background about myself, I’m originally from South Korea but have lived in China for 12 years and came to the US for the first time for college last year. Currently, I’m double majoring in biomedical engineering and neuroscience with a minor in German as a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University. Besides JHUMUNC, I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and the professional engineering fraternity Theta Tau and am involved in American Red Cross and research at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Biomedical Engineering.
I’ve been involved in Model United Nations for eight years now, participating in various international conferences as both a delegate and staff member. Through the eight years, I’ve grown to love many aspects of the program, particularly the way that it stimulates the next generation to actively engage in the process of resolving real, immediate problems that we face in our present society. I hope that you will be able to experience this transforming aspect of Model UN and make lasting memories and friendships through this year’s conference.
I believe these issues will offer the chance for fruitful debates address disarmament and international security. As delegates, I encourage you to conduct comprehensive background research on your countries’ policies and the topics in preparation for the conference, and I look forward to meeting each of you in February. If you have any questions or concerns about the conference or the committee, please feel free to reach out to me via email.
Cindy SeYeon Choi
Chair, General Assembly First Committee
JHUMUNC Session XXII