Disarmament and International Security Committee
First Committee of the UN General Assembly
Following the events of World War II, the world was in need of a body to regulate competing interests. The League of Nations had failed in its quest to stop conflict, and with the turmoil that remained in the wake of the war, the leaders of the world’s nations came together to form the United Nations, holding its first session in January of 1946. DISEC became one of the principal bodies of the United Nations, responsible for maintaining world peace through collective security. It is one of the six General Assemblies, and with all 193 members of the UN in attendance, the range of ideas that present at DISEC is quite extensive, offering an in-depth look at how international affairs work in relation to the peace-making process. The mandate of DISEC can range from forging peace treaties to recommending armed intervention, allowing the committee to have a major say in every notable conflict since the creation of the UN.
Unfortunately, the committee only has the ability to make recommendations. Only the Security Council can order direct intervention in a conflict, but that does not make the General Assembly’s contributions any less valid. DISEC expands on the narrow scope that the UNSC offers, greatly improving the scope of the UN. This is the ultimate introduction to Model United Nations for anyone interested in global conflict.
DISEC is a beginner committee. Delegates of any skill level with interest may apply to this committee.
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Topic A: Illicit Arms Trade in Africa
Topic B: The Proliferation of Biological Weapons
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