North Model United Nations 2020

Social Cultural and Humanitarian Committee


The Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM) is the third committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations. The committee was was established after the foundation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

SOCHUM focuses on humanitarian issues, human rights disparities, and social predicaments. Problems in this committee range from the international drug trade to protection of indigenous populations. It’s members strive to promote fundamental freedoms and rights as well as eliminate discrimination and racism. Because of the massive human rights violations occurring across the globe, SOCHUM is branched into a subcommittee, known as the United Nations Human Rights Council, which investigates violations of human rights and reports them to the general assembly.

Focusing on very familiar aspects, SOCHUM is an entry-level committee which allows delegates to participate in an authentic Model United experience and learn more about the world of social and global affairs. Position papers are required from all delegates in this committee who wish to be eligible for an award. Any question or about this committee as well as position papers can be emailed to

International Refugee and Migrant Laws

As conflicts in the world exacerbate, an increasing number of civilians are forced to flee from their homes and seek refuge in foreign countries, thereby becoming refugees. Refugees are those who "have been forced to migrate to another country to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights, or other disasters and cannot return for fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion." Developed and neighbouring countries have established refugee and migrant laws to aid those whose human rights are violated.

However, due to the spiralling number of incoming refugees and migrants, some countries have ceased to accept more migrants and refugees as they have reached their population capacity. Furthermore, refugee and migrants regulations and laws in particular countries have recently raised controversy surrounding the conditions of refugee shelters and the ethics of new policies. For instance, in the United States, the Family Separation Policy (a law in which parents and children who attempted to cross the United States-Mexico borders illegally would be separated) was enacted in May of 2018. This unethical policy has not only infuriated many Americans but has also provoked the international community due to its violations against basic human rights. Delegates of SOCHUM will discuss potential amendments that can be made to the current refugee and migrant laws to accommodate current refugee crises.


Nancy Zhang | Director

Nancy is a junior attending York House School and is ecstatic to serve as the Director of SOCHUM in NorthMUN 2019. After standing up in front of the her fellow delegates during her first Model UN conference two years ago, Nancy has always been inspired by the enthusiasm and passion of the debates surrounding global affairs. Model UN has opened Nancy’s perspective to global issues and sparked her interest in current events and public speaking. Outside of MUN, Nancy can be found playing the flute, savouring all kinds of desserts, and hanging out with her friends. Nancy looks forward to meeting with all of the delegates and having fun and fruitful discussions at NorthMUN 2019!


Chanya Chawla | Chair

Chanya is currently a senior at École Panorama Ridge Secondary School. Ever since her first conference in grade 10, Chanya fell in love with the world of MUN. When not hibernating or doing MUN, she can be found working at Staples. She identifies herself as a proud Interactor, loves watching soccer and also exhibits a keen interest for learning new languages. Chanya looks forward to chairing for SOCHUM at NorthMUN 2019 and can’t wait to meet the delegates.


Alishba Irfan | Assistant Director

As a sophomore at Fraser Heights Secondary, Alishba is delighted to serve as your Assistance Director as SOCHUM. After entering the world of Model United Nations, Alishba has felt immense love for the diplomatic discussions, global discourse, and appreciates the many diverse skills that MUN has taught her. The intense but exciting atmosphere of MUN intrigued her to continue her journey and involve herself in political deliberation. When Alishba isn’t drowning in homework or stressing over debate, she can be found baking, writing poetry, or obsessively watching cooking competition shows. Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or advanced delegate, Alishba promises to make NorthMUN 2019 an unforgettable experience.