Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee

Committee Description

Third Committee of the UN General Assembly

The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) is the Third Committee of the General Assembly that is specially tasked with addressing a wide range of social and humanitarian affairs as well as human rights issues. Some of the goals of SOCHUM include the advancement of women, the protection of children, the access to free speech, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the promotion of the right to self-determination. The Third Committee has delegated a portion of these responsibilities to its sub-committee, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which reports back to the GA on matters related to human rights.

As a General Assembly committee, its recommendations are not only a valuable part of providing solutions, but a representation of cooperation at the highest level. All 193 member-states belong to all six GA committees and each resolution produced by those committees are of contributions from the international community as a whole.

SOCHUM is a beginner committee. Delegates of any skill level with interest may apply to this committee.

Please submit all position papers and inquiries relating to SOCHUM to [email protected].

Topics | Backgrounders

Topic A: Ethics of Corporations and Labour Laws in Developing Countries (View Backgrounder)

Topic B: Status of Refugees (View Backgrounder)


Elizabeth Vaz
Elizabeth is a senior at Little Flower Academy and is honored to be serving as director for CAIMUN's SOCHUM 2017. Elizabeth has, and continues to attend conferences both locally and internationally, but when not at conferences, she is involved with the public speaking club and choir at her school. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys playing piano and her ukulele, volunteering, exploring bookstores, and spending time with her friends and family. Ever since her love for debate was sparked in her grade 9 year, Model UN has been one of Elizabeth's favorite pursuits, and she is ecstatic to work with the rest of her team to create the best possible committee experience for delegates, staff, and sponsor teachers alike. Elizabeth is excited to meet CAIMUN's delegates in May, and hopes to ignite in them a passion for Model UN, just like her first conference did for her.

Thomas Guan
Thomas is a Grade 12 student at Dr. Charles Best Secondary. He has been involved in MUN since grade 9, and is proud to serve as your chair for the SOCHUM Committee at CAIMUN 2017. He has attended many conferences in the past, and loved the experiences he had. There had never been a conference that he left feeling empty. While he isn’t public speaking or slamming, Thomas spends a lot of his time hiding from his responsibilities in the band room making music, or working on Photoshop. Thomas hopes that all the delegates attending will have the best experience possible, and he will do his part to ensure this will happen.

Gloria Gao
A senior IB student from Port Moody Secondary, Gloria is thrilled to be serving as chair at CAIMUN 2017. Since attending her first conference, she has gained an appreciation for global issues and international relations. Not only is it a place to voice her views on current events, but also enhance her public speaking skills. Outside of MUN, she can be found playing piano, enjoying a tasty bowl of pho, and nurturing her newfound love for The Office. She looks forward to meeting all delegates and hopes to create a memorable experience.