ECONOMIC & SOCIAL COUNCILS
[DOUBLE & NOVICE] Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM)
Chairs: Aaryan Chava & Pravit Kochar
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Topic A: Protecting and Promoting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Despite the vast amounts of culture, tradition, and wisdom that indigenous communities offer the world, they continue to face severe injustice with the threat of losing their ancestral lands and cultural heritage. Indigenous peoples account for approximately 5% of the global population, yet
account for nearly 15% of the world's extremely poor, demonstrating the true discrimination against this marginalized group. (https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/indigenous-peoples/) The Indigenous do, however, have a right to maintain their cultural identity. The goal of this committee is to deliberate potential solutions to safeguard these rights and protect this group. In this process, we must consider Land rights, resource extraction, climate change, cultural preservation, and access to education and healthcare.
Topic B: Addressing the Global Impact of Narcotics and Illicit Drugs
500,000; this is the estimated number of people whose deaths are caused by narcotics annually, and these lives lost do not even come close to the total damage caused each year. Personalities shift, and minds are altered, if drug usage does not take away a loved one through death, it is just
as likely to take their life in a more heartbreaking way – mentally. The illicit drug trade is worth $650 billion dollars, and as it happens, profit often blinds morality, as those sitting on top of a cash pile are also sitting on top of the lives they inadvertently take. This profit is often enticing, with the illegal drug trade being involved with the corruption of law enforcement worldwide. There is an unacceptable amount of individuals, families, neighborhoods, and even entire cities that are overrun with drugs, so to preserve the livelihoods of their respective citizens and fellow man, delegates must figure out how to counter the illicit drug trade. In doing so, one must assess the factors of the drug trade, such as production, cartels, the safety of those affected, etc.
This is a double delegation committee, which means each country will be represented by two delegates from the same school. When assigning positions to this committee, we ask that you assign two delegates to every position assigned within the SOCHUM committee.
This is also a novice committee, which is intended for delegates who are new to Model UN.