The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) is the third General Assembly of the United Nations. The agendas are associated with humanitarian, social and human rights issues and affairs that affect people globally. An important part of the work of the Committee focuses on the examination of human rights questions, including reports of the special procedures of the Human Rights Council. The Committee also deliberates on 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 regulation.

General Assembly III – Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM)

Agenda 1:

Discussing the rights and current international frameworks in place to deal with stateless people.

“The right to choose to live or to die is the most fundamental right there is; conversely, the duty to give others that opportunity to the best of our ability is the most fundamental duty there is.” – Aubrey de Grey
The international legal definition of a stateless person is ‘a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law’. The UNHCR currently reports on 3.9 million stateless people but it estimates that there are over 10 million stateless persons in the world. Hence, the necessity of a concrete international framework on statistical data analysis and assisting the stateless individuals and improving their lives by providing them with their fundamental rights and humanitarian assistance needs to be emphasised. We call upon the delegates of the SOCHUM to deliberate upon these issues and bring a change in the current system to improve the living condition of millions globally!

Agenda 2:

Discussing a framework for sustained growth and development, with special reference to re-evaluating the SDG’s, in the wake of COVID-19.

The UN SDGs play an important role in encouraging the nations and its government and citizens, globally, to take actions for sustainable development by emphasising on issues related to poverty, health, education, fundamental rights, environmental conservation and more through its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic, many of these goals have become far more distant to achieve with global economic crisis and human life at stake. Hence, to identify the potential actions to face these global issues, a gradual take on these determined by a framework that helps the countries in planning, establishing and re-evaluating a formal and uniform mechanism to support the SDGs is crucial.