Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM)
Chairs: Zerlina Huang & Elena Jacoby
Topic A: Climate Refugees
As climate change continues to take a toll on the environment, the necessity for people to relocate due to environmental factors continues to grow. Rising temperatures and greenhouse gases contribute to extreme droughts, wildfires, and natural disasters across the globe. The effects of this range from water and food scarcity to destruction of shelter from extreme weather, forcing residents to have to migrate, sometimes across international borders. In order for the issue of climate refugees to be fully addressed, all of the contributing factors need to be considered, such as the mitigation of climate-related destruction, the protection of the refugees as they migrate, and the aid received by affected communities. In this committee, delegates are encouraged to examine the different facets of the complex issue of climate refugees in order to knowledgeably debate and create a comprehensive solution in committee.
Topic B: Gender Equality in Education
Education is vital, but even in its most basic form, it is not guaranteed for everyone, let alone a complete, high quality education. Gender equality in education has improved over the years, but barriers from poverty to gender-based violence to personal biases continue to impede progress. With 132 million school-aged girls out of school, better policies are desperately needed. For gender inequality in education to be fully addressed, numerous factors must be considered, and delegates are asked to collaborate with one another to develop multi-faceted, effective, and thorough solutions.