The Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs Committee (SOCHUM) is one of the six committees of the United Nations General Assembly and generally referred to as the Third Committee with agendas relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and cultural issues that affect people all over the world. SOCHUM not only deals with a wide variety of issues in terms of universal human rights and eradication of racism and
discrimination, but also crime prevention, drug control as well as the condition of refugees and displaced persons. SOCHUM also works closely with many other UN bodies in order to effectually address its
SOCHUM also works closely with other UN and non-UN bodies, both governmental and non-governmental under the guidance of the Charter of the United Nations. An essential part of the work of the committee is to focus on the examination of human rights questions through interaction with special rapporteurs,
independent experts, and chairs of working groups as mandated by the Human Rights Council. The UN
Secretary-General reports annually to SOCHUM on different agenda items, either country specific or
worldwide, and the committee votes on the important matters. These votes are recorded. At the end of the session, the committee reports to the plenary bodies of the General Assembly on topic-specific terms.
Welfare and care-taking for Children and the Elderly
Nowadays, socially vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly population are prioritized. During the 21st century, the age structure of proportion of the population has drastically transformed due to the abnormal exponential growth of the aging population. This is a common issue in developed countries around the world. Research from the UN indicates that the current percentage of elderly people in the world accounts for 10% of the population and will soon increase to 21%. This would imply that there would be well over 2 billion people over the age of 65 years old by the year of 2050. All related problems such as the sound medical treatment, spiritual support, financial burden of pension, rights against ageism, friendly employment and reeducation after retirement would require great consideration.
As a result of the aging population, ambiguity of imbalanced fertility rate would rise. This of course would raise two circumstances determining different social policies from countries. Concerns are overpopulation, sustainability and exceeding Earth’s population capacity versus the low birth rate and the decreasing labor force.
Countless children are suffering from poverty and starvation alongside illness, malnutrition, natural disasters, wars or political conflicts. World Food Program has alarmed that children and elderly are most at risk from dying from famine.
Insufficient economic productivity can result in calamity. Factors such as unfair opportunity and a disadvantaged environment induce that the local children and the elderly are under average living conditions. Emergent health cares, services of adequate sanitation, self-reliant development, and the concept of birth control are made appeal to be practiced and popularized in developing countries on the basis of humanitarian assistance.
Upcoming questions among children and the elderly will only become more serious and intricate. The international society pressingly requires new solving arrangements.
SOCHUM anticipates and advocates further cooperation and effort among nations to take actions to deal with this forseeable concerning issue.
蔡宗杭 Alex Tsai
Triangle MUN2015 UNHCR Oral Recognition
PAMUN2015 SOCHUM Oral Recognition
WMUN2016 WHO Delegate
Tetra MUN Staff
PAMUN2016 UNODC Assistance-Chair
PMUN2017 SOCHUM Assistance-Chair
My name is Alex Tsai. I’m a sophomore from National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). I study Human Development and Family in childhood development education. I have a passion in education as well as in learning new things and meeting different people from different places. I take great interest in Humanitarian and Social issues. It is my wish that, in the future, I can do good to the society and educate our future generation to be willing to devote what they learn into the society and make the world become an even better place.
To me, MUN is not just about debating, and it’s also definitely not just about flawless English and fancy suits. During my two year quest in MUN, I turned out to gain more than I expected.
Participating in MUN can actually improve your English as you are reading this article right now. Also, it’s a great place that you can encounter different people and presumably make some friends. However, I also hope that by participating in conferences, even just once, people could get the chance to know what’s going on around the world which may lead them to care more about the things around them. Furthermore, I hope that through the negotiation process which you guys will experience in the conference, you can not only learn to appreciate the beauty of cooperating with other delegates but also try to stand in other people’s shoes. I wish you guys have a great experience in this conference. I’ll not only be your chair but also a friend who is willing to share stories and ideas with you guys even when we are no longer in the conference room.
陳佩妤 Cynthia Chen
2015 FUHSING MUN ECOSOC
2016 TCGSMUN GA1
2016 CTMUN Best Position Paper DISEC
2016 TRANMUN GAP
2016 NTAMUN 新聞媒體高峰會委員會 主席
2017 臺北六校聯合寒訓 UNFPA Dais
My name is Cynthia, one of the co-chairs in this committee. I am the academic leader of JINGMEI MUN club. I have participated in MUN for almost two years since I joined our high school MUN club. And I have taken place of several MUNs, which made me learn a lot and become a thoughtful person with international view. Before the meeting, I wonder to know how MUN demonstrate in your impressions. To me, MUN is a superb platform keeping students out of normal daily life and offers them an opportunity to discuss the global issues. Not only it will exactly make you a better person, it will also make you become sociable and get lots of friends. Considering that this is the first MUN experience to most of you, I encourage you to be active and creative, not to be afraid of speaking out your opinions. Don’t forget that one word can change the world. This MUN is a good access for you to walk away from the comfort zone. If you have any question, don’t be shy to ask us. We, the dais, will be willing to help you. Bless that this MUN will be one of the
fascinating experiences in your school life. Can’t wait to meet you!
葉亮廷 Wilber Yeh
SHCMUN2016 DISEC Best Delegate
USCMUN2016 Corporation Cadre Train ECOFIN Chair
SWUMUN2016 UNHCR Honorable Mentioned
I’m Wilbur Yeh. I’m a sophomore international business in English taught program major in Shih Chien University. Also, I’m the Vice President and Minister of Academic in USC Model United Nations. I teach some topics around the world and assist all club members own their global mindset through mutual discussion. I love reading, learning languages, traveling and
investigation on international issues and news with sensitive insight. I got two Best Delegates and one Honorable Mentioned in my MUN career. In 2016, I was admitted into exchange student in Southwest University,China. I introduced Taiwan diplomatically and would like to be the
connection between diverse cultures. My aspiration is to spread innovative ideas and
philosophical approaches that encourage everyone to explore this world in a higher altitude. I really appreciate this opportunity to challenge myself since it’ll be my first time to be a co-chair. I wish my contribution can enhance the quality and effectiveness of this conference.
Hope every delegate will be able to enjoy this conference and establish memorable friendships and experiences!