Social Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM)
Chairs: Ryan Leung, Steve Garcia, and Michelle Surets
Protecting World Heritage Sites in Conflict Zones
There are many world heritage sites in conflict zones that have been harmed over the past few decades. Today, the surge of ISIS and the Syrian Civil War present two major threats to heritage sites in the region. The United Nations has made several efforts in the past to protect heritage sites, but there has still been many instances of damage. The main focus of the committee should be to find an effective way to protect heritage sites from military conflicts and terrorist organizations. SOCHUM has the responsibility of preventing and responding to attacks on valuable cultural and religious sites.