General Assembly Third Committee
Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Issues (SOCHUM)
The Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) is the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, created in 1945 to address issues and resolve conflicts regarding a fairly broad range of social and humanitarian aspects of people’s human rights. A keen focus is placed on concerns regarding the wellbeing and welfare of marginalized people in various communities across the world, such as the lack of proper healthcare, housing, and education, or civil rights for women and children in nations that presume a less dignified view of or place secondary citizenship status on these two groups of people, as well as any other groups of ethnic or racial minority. Some human rights issues SOCHUM has discussed in the past relate to the advancement of women’s rights, the protection of children, the right to self-determination, the rights of indigenous people and territories, the treatment of refugees, and the promotion of fundamental rights such as the freedom of speech, religion, and more recently, the use of media and technology. Additionally, SOCHUM addresses issues regarding the social development and progress of people of different age groups, family lifestyles, and socioeconomic statuses, as well as more domestic issues like mass incarceration and crime prevention in both rural areas and cities. In general, SOCHUM works closely with the other UN bodies, as to more effectively and efficiently address key issues, resolve conflicts, and provide for those in dire need.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: The Inhumane Treatment of Prisoners
Topic B: Protecting the Rights of Indigenous PeopleAvailable November 30, 2018
Letter from the Chair
Greetings Honorable Delegates,
I am thrilled to welcome you all to Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference (JHUMUNC) 2019. My name is Rashi S. Bhatt and I will gladly be serving you all as the Chair of the General Assembly Third Committee (SOCHUM). I am ecstatic that you have all shown interest in a committee as influential and impactful as SOCHUM, and have taken the initiative to place yourselves in the feet of representatives from around the world who are currently working hard to address and improve upon key issues that affect the lives of millions today.
To briefly give an overview and some background information on myself and my MUN experiences growing up, I am originally from central New Jersey, where I spent a lot of my time during high school being an active participant of my high school’s Model United Nations Club. I started from the beginning of freshman year and was committed to the very last day of senior year, serving as president for my last two years. Currently, I am a sophomore at Hopkins, double majoring in Neuroscience and Biophysics, with a minor in Computational Medicine. And in my free time, I enjoy practicing Vivaldi on the cello and busting out tunes from La La Land on the piano. Additionally, I love spending time exploring Baltimore and places like the Baltimore Art Museum or the Peabody Conservatory.
Coming into Hopkins my freshman year, I knew what a large role MUN played in my life during high school, and how it shaped me to become a more well-rounded, keen individual, with a new sense of awareness of the problems going on beyond the scope of my daily life; so for me, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a part of an organization like JHUMUNC. Last year was my first experience as a part of JHUMUNC, and I loved serving as a dias staff member for the NCAA Committee in the General Assembly. It was both a new and insightful experience, seeing as I was always so used to being the delegate on the other end of the stick. Coming in this year for the 2019 conference, I am excited and feel well prepared to serve you all, with a strong understanding of what it takes to smoothly run a committee and get well-written resolutions passed.
I hope you are all ready to work hard and keep an open mind to the new ideas and differing opinions that your fellow delegates will be sharing with you. I truly look forward to meeting each and every one of you in February. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns at all regarding our specific committee, positions papers, or the conference in general, please feel free to reach out to me via email.
Chair, General Assembly Third Committee
JHUMUNC Session XXII