Social, Humanitarian and cultural committee
Agenda : Deliberation on the increased discrimination
and criminalization of the LGBTQI+ community.
The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) is one of the six committees of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). SOCHUM is responsible for addressing social, humanitarian, and cultural issues around the world, including human rights, indigenous issues, and the rights of vulnerable populations. The committee serves as a platform for member states to discuss policies, share experiences, and develop strategies to promote and protect human rights globally. This year, the committee aims to deliberate on the increased discrimination and criminalisation of the LGBTQIA+ community. Historically, discussions pertaining to the agenda have been largely unilateral in nature, with discussions beginning and ending at the Right of expression. However, the kind of discrimination that comes in the scope of the agenda is both at a personal and at a systemic level. For deliberating on effective solutions delegates must be thoroughly well versed with the deep rooted arguments presented by both the state and its people, and use them as a basis for developing their own case. Success in this committee does not require a woke or conservative mindset, but instead, a tolerant one.
My name is Rohan Taneja, and I am proud to be serving as the Chairperson of SOCHUM for DSMUN ‘23. Although I have a rather wide range of interests, I intended to pursue a career in engineering and design after School. Currently, I serve as the President of the science and maths societies at Doon. As a passionate writer, I often try to express my opinions on a wide range of topics through the various publications in School. I also serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the DSIR (a pop-culture magazine) and Chief-of-Production of the Circle (the historical and political magazine). I am a passionate digital artist and can often be found making the most absurd designs for magazines and events at School. In my free time, you can find me reading the most random pieces of pop-culture trivia, noodling on my guitar or obsessing over Pearl Jam. I look forward to interacting with you!
My name is Arnav Khemka, and it is an honour to serve as the committee director for SOCHUM. Currently, I am in grade 12, pursuing the IB Diploma Programme, with Physics, Chemistry, and Maths as my higher-level subjects. Over the past few years, I have taken part in a few MUNs, which have helped me express my thoughts on sensitive matters freely. Apart from MUNs, I thoroughly enjoy taking part in sports such as cricket and squash. Additionally, I am involved in community service and run my own social service initiative. I am also largely involved in the computer science society in school.
I extend a warm welcome to all of you and deem it my responsibility, along with the Chairperson, to make the committee sessions as engaging as possible.