Chair: Martha Yin
Secretaries: Liyu Woldemichael & Hayeong Jin
SH discusses questions relating to the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination. The Committee also addresses important social development questions such as issues related to youth, family, ageing, persons with disabilities, crime prevention, criminal justice, and international drug control.
1. Social-Cultural influences on women’s health in the developing world
From female genital mutilation to child marriages, traditional cultural practices in many areas of the world leave a devastating impact on the physical, mental, and emotional health of women.To develop a truly viable solution, delegates must consider short and long-term solutions to address existing health conditions and combat long-held societal conventions.
2. Eliminating racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerances
As proclaimed in both the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ability to enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms is a guaranteed right for every individual regardless of race, ethnicity, or nationality. However, minority populations around the globe continue to face discrimination, especially in countries with a dominant majority or a history of foreign occupation. With immigration on the rise and as nations grow diverse, the international community must now more than ever find and implement solutions to prevent racial injustices. Racism and xenophobia threaten peace, security, and social progress, and thus, delegates must foster a multilateral strategy to combat these intolerances while still respecting national sovereignty and individual freedom.
3. Improving response, relief, and recovery to natural disasters
Natural disasters from hurricanes to earthquakes to tsunamis are devastating, unpredictable, and inevitable. As the Earth’s climate evolves, weather patterns will grow increasingly erratic, wreaking havoc to nations’ populations, infrastructure, and economies. The international community must ensure that a definite framework for responding to these catastrophes is developed and effectively implemented to relieve and rebuild disaster-stricken communities.