North Model United Nations 2020

Disarmament and International Security Committee


The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) is the first committee at the General Assembly of the United Nations. The committee was formed in 1945 when the Charter of the United Nations came into force, and has since been assigned to the role of maintaining international peace and security.

It considers all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any other organ of the United Nations; 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. The Assembly is empowered to make recommendations to States on international issues within its competence. It has also initiated actions—political, economic, humanitarian, social and legal—which have affected the lives of millions of people throughout the world.

DISEC offers the traditional Model United Nations experience for delegates of all experience levels. Position papers are recommended for this committee, but are mandatory for delegates to be considered for awards. Questions, inquiries, and position papers for this committee can be emailed to

Paramilitaries and Private Military Contractors

As an increasing number of conflicts arise in the world, special military forces are often utilized to counter threats and ensure national security. Moving into the 21st century, an increasing number of paramilitary groups and private military contractors have come to be employed by the government. In countries where such PMCs are operating, security is increasingly becoming a private rather than a public good. Though private security may improve the safety of certain individuals, major concerns have been raised regarding how PMCs potentially undermine state institutions.

In 2010, PMC invoices accounted for more than a third of the US defence budget alone for military personnel. Private military contractors have run thriving operations in the US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, offering a wide array of services ranging from close-quarter combat training to personal protection of US Diplomats and airlift support for the Department of Defense. With huge scandals such as the Nusoor Square massacre coming to light in recent years, we are forced to consider paramilitaries and PMCs’ lack of democratic accountability and ethical responsibility. Due to their very nature, private security firms undermine democratic institution. Furthermore, these firms continue to operate with little oversight and no accountability to the public.

Delegates of DISEC will discuss potential solutions concerning the accountability and ethical complications related to paramilitaries and private military contractors.


Mike Zhang | Director

Mike is currently a sophomore student at Fraser Heights Secondary School and is thrilled to serve as the Director of the DISEC at NorthMUN 2019. Ever since timidly raising his placard at his first conference in Grade 9, Mike has been entrapped by the professional nature of Model United Nations. After attending numerous conferences, he has created amazing friendships, broadened his view on global issues and discovered the world of fast-paced debate and diplomacy. Outside of MUN, he can be found hitting balls on the golf course, jump-smashing on the badminton court, aiding non-profit initiatives or checking his business’ daily sales. Mike looks forward to making NorthMUN 2019 a memorable experience filled with insightful debate and cannot wait to meet all of you!


Calista Lu | Chair

Calista is a junior at North Surrey Secondary who’s ecstatic to serve as the Chair for DISEC at NorthMUN 2019. Beginning her MUN career in grade 10, she has been drawn into it’s world with the exciting topics, innovative solutions to global issues and passionate delegates. Outside of MUN, Calista enjoys cultivating her earring addiction, wasting her money on food, reading novels and crying over k-dramas. She is a member of multiple charities and non profits and also enjoys teaching piano as a part time job. Calista looks forward to a thrilling debate with the delegates of DISEC and a memorable experience at NorthMUN!


Owen Ebose | Assistant Director

Owen is a tenth grade student at Burnaby North Secondary School who has a passion for public speaking, diplomacy, and debate. As someone who has just recently entered the Model United Nations scene, Owen is looking forward to further his learning in the field and to build connections with the delegates in his committee. Owen has participated in conferences ranging from Seattle to Vancouver, winning multiple awards while doing so. He has also participated in debate, and has dabbled in business case competitions. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, acting, and surfing through top quality memes on the internet. Owen is excited to experience a LIT first iteration of NorthMUN, and can’t wait to meet all of the delegates!