Chair: David Kim
Secretary: Will Bannister
Note on position papers: Feel free to write up approximately one-page responses to each topic. I prefer Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double-space, and no space in between paragraphs. That's DOUBLE SPACE ONE PAGE PER TOPIC.
Try to outline the problem in question with your country's perspective on a potential solution. You can be as detailed as you want; however, keep in mind that you don't have much space. I will expect more thorough solutions discussed and detailed during the committee sessions.
DISEC, the First Committee of the General Assembly, deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime. It considers the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments; promotion of cooperative arrangements and measures aimed at strengthening stability through lower levels of armaments.
1. Preventing escalation of conflict regarding North Korea and its nuclear capability
If you’ve been watching or reading the news at all lately, you probably have heard of the North Korea fiasco. As of August 8th, 2017, North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside ICBM missiles. Considering North Korea’s status as a “rogue” nation and its unpredictability and lack of accountability, it is imperative that a resolution be met to ensure no global nuclear catastrophe occurs.
2. Strengthening global cybersecurity to mitigate cybercrimes
Cyber warfare has become an increasingly dangerous threat to international security. As a result of modern dependency on technology, the internet has not only become a viral element of economic activity, but also one of national security. Electricity, banking, and intelligence infrastructure, to name just a few, rely on the internet to function. Any attack on these critical systems can put countless lives at risk. Debate on this topic will focus primarily on creating a framework through which cyber warfare can be addressed by the international community.
3. Keeping space demilitarized and preventing an arms race
The status quo consists of a few powerful nations with dominion over space. As not many smaller nations are developed in space yet, regulations by the UN have been rather lax, with many of the powerful nations opting to weasel out of restrictions by exploiting arbitrarily defined boundaries in agreements. As space becomes increasingly developed, the risk of fights breaking out over issues of control, reconnaissance, and weapons deployment will skyrocket. To keep space a pacifist space, it must remain demilitarized; otherwise, the threat of an arms race is legitimized. Finding ways to circumvent this increasingly dangerous predicament over time should be the main priority for this topic. Focus on the current regulations and how they are structured to allow leeways to occur.