TODAY -

North East India International Model United Nations first session in Kohima

Imkumsungla Longchar *

United Nations  General Assembly Hall at the United Nations headquarters in New York City in August 2011
United Nations General Assembly Hall at the United Nations headquarters in New York City in August 2011



The North East India International Model United Nations is gearing up for its first session in Kohima from 16th -18th December 2013, bringing the world to the North East with the conference being the first of its kind. The conference will host young leaders between the ages of 18-25 years. NEIMUN is supported by UNDP, Government of Nagaland and Best Delegate, USA. The theme of the conference is the UN 3 Pillars "Peace and Security, Development and Human Rights".

The NEIMUN secretariat zeroed down on four committees of the United Nations General Assembly which will be simulated during the three days conference. Namely, Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN), Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) and Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL). Here is a brief insight on each committee, their aims, speciality, challenges and propositions.

1. Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC):

This committee is also referred to as 'The First Committee' of the UN General Assembly. The committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime working in close cooperation with the United Nations Disarmament Commission and the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament. In the three days conference the committee will be focusing and deliberating on Nuclear Disarmament (Peace & Security).

This is a "classic" MUN topic that introduces students to peace and security theme and International Relations concepts around the security dilemma, deterrence, etc. The primary source for this topic is the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT/1968). This treaty (NPT) is a landmark international move with the objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament ,general and complete disarmament. Thereby striving to fulfill the first and foremost purpose of the United Nations ie "to maintain international peace and security." With more than 22,000 nuclear weapons in existence worldwide, the threat to peaceful existence escalates higher and bigger. Yet, various states refuse to disarm itself of nuclear weapons and others race for it.

By debating on "Nuclear Disarmament," delegates will learn the various issues and policies in play that makes disarmament a complex issue though the affects are well accounted and acknowledged for, the structural study of the works of the General Assembly, the framework set by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and larger international relations themes of deterrence and the "security dilemma." Can the world achieve the goal of a nuclear free existence?

2. Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN)

The Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) deals with issues relating to economic growth and development such as financing for development, sustainable development, human settlements, poverty eradication, globalization and interdependence, operational activities for development and issues relating to Groups of Countries in special situations - such as the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs). The committee will be working on the topic Eradication of Poverty (Development).

This topic will introduce delegates to the Millennium Development Goals and the development agenda post-2015.

Billions of people live in extreme poverty and hunger around the world with an estimated population of over 1.2 billion people living on less than US$1 a day. The United Nations has made the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger one of its highest priorities, specifically through the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). By studying, discussing and deliberating about "Eradication of Poverty," delegates will learn how the UN works with governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to achieve the MDGs and eradicate extreme poverty and hunger worldwide.

The structural study of the works of the General Assembly Second Committee will be: Economic and Financial, the MDGs, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The question, is the "end of poverty" truly possible?

3. Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM):

The General Assembly allocates to its Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee(SOCHUM), commonly referred to as the "Third Committee", agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect people all over the world. In the first session of NEIMUN the topic for the third committee will be focusing on the topic "Child Soldiers".

The agenda item is about the protection of children's rights. It combines all 3 pillars because it concerns human rights (Rights of Children), peace and security (children and armed conflict), as well as development (child soldiering has been linked to issues of poverty). This topic will introduce delegates to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its second optional protocol against the use of children in armed conflict.

There is an estimate of over 300,000 child soldiers around the world. These are children who have been abducted by national militaries or paramilitary groups and dragged into the world of arms and bloodshed. They are forced to participate in hostilities or serve in support roles, and are subjected to physical violence, sexual violence and ultimately death.

This is a horrifying and inhuman practice that the United Nations aims to end. By discussing and finding solutions to this problem (Child Soldiers) delegates will learn how the UN works with member states to end the use of children in armed conflict.

The structural study of the work of the General Assembly, Third Committee will be: Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian, the Convention of the Rights of the Child and its Second Optional Protocol prohibiting use of children in armed conflict, and the Six Grave Violations. Do we care enough to save the children of the world?

4. Special Political and Decolonization committee (SPECPOL):

The Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) deals with a variety of subjects which include those related to decolonization, Palestinian refugees and human rights, peacekeeping, mine action, outer space, public information, atomic radiation and University for Peace. The agenda Right to self determination (Human Rights) has actually been assigned to the Third Committee but it is still highly relevant to the Fourth Committee's agenda, which mainly concerns decolonization and the Palestinian territories. This topic could be particularly relevant to the Nagas.

The agenda will introduce delegates to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which begins by affirming the world's "faith in fundamental human rights," including the rights of people to determine their own destiny. Exercising these righst to self-determination has led to the independence and creation of many modern-day states. Yet, millions of people around the world still struggle to exercise their human rights and they fight for their independence each passing day, denied of their freedom to Human Right of Self Determination.

By studying and discussing about "Right to Self-Determination," delegates will learn about struggles for independence around the world and how the United Nations helps the world in realizing and exercising their fundamental human rights.

The structural study of the works of the General Assembly, Fourth Main Committee will be: Special Political and Decolonization, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Is it right to be subjected, bounded and denied of one's own destiny?


* Imkumsungla Longchar (NEIMUN 2013, Communications ) wrote this article for e-pao.net
The writer can be contacted at communications(at)neimun(dot)org
This article was posted on November 17, 2013.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.


LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Deteriorating Tumukhong Village road
  • Sangai Fest: Chareng Len : Gallery
  • International Mountain Day, 2018
  • Loudness not ok please
  • A wounded Pine Tree :: Poem
  • Natural remedies for hair growth
  • BEHS office inaugurated at Motbung
  • Tattooed With Taboos :: Review
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Stone Forest @Yunnan, China : Gallery
  • Eerie, Eerier, Eeriest :: Review
  • Sangai Fest: Muay Thai : Gallery
  • ..that made me fall in love with Naga
  • Research Support Officer wanted
  • Condemns arrest of Journalist Wangkhem
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • Programs at Public Health Foundation
  • Fixing the broken window
  • Head count of dogs !!
  • Pari Imom (Film) #2 :: eRang
  • Matheous Thingbaijam Cycling NE: Gallery
  • Chumthang Nganbi, Ulen :: eMing
  • Chengni Khujai: Insurgency Chronicle #1
  • Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2019
  • Tests for allergies
  • Cycling across NE: Matheous Thingbaijam
  • Site Officer/ Manager @R-Square Design
  • Armed Forces Flag Day celebrated
  • A lasting legacy
  • 'Stray dogs' as predators
  • Sangai Day 3: Pung Chollom #2: Gallery
  • Thai Princess @Imphal Airport: Gallery
  • Fashion Show @Sangai Fest #1: Gallery
  • Mysterious Animal Attack of Manipur
  • Khelen Thokchom Media Fellowships
  • Career option in Purchase Management
  • Terrorism & Technology - I
  • Intimidation to media person
  • Ban on hunting migratory birds
  • Manipuri Diaspora in Myanmar #3
  • Sangai Day 3: Pena: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 1: Inauguration #3 : Gallery
  • I am a beautiful HIV Virus :: Poem
  • Teacher & Student: Stop eroding education
  • Diaspora unites at Thadou Nampi, USA
  • Deciding Mary's title :: WJ
  • A good man perspective
  • Now people need to extend co-operation
  • Day 3: Kabi Burnan : Gallery
  • Art meets Fashion : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 5: @ BOAT #3: Gallery
  • NAF announces Annual Scholarship
  • Preventing methods to save livestock
  • How Do You Do ? :: Poem
  • Competitiveness of Manipur
  • Shattered dream - "The Smart city"
  • Arrest, release & re-arrest of young man
  • Ningol Chakouba @ MBC #3 : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 3: Thang Ta #3: Gallery
  • Stalls at Hapta Kangjeibung #1: Gallery
  • How do you see 'disability' today ?
  • I don't exist without polo: Rafael Secco
  • The Road :: Poem
  • Students needed for cultural revolution?
  • Hard stand, hard decision
  • Cong rolling up sleeves ahead of LS polls
  • Day 8 : Arambai Langba : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Evening Program #3: Gallery
  • The Midnight Hunter : Analysis
  • Art exhibition "Art meets Fashion"
  • The Haipi Lho-lhun Kut
  • Gaudiya Vaishnavism in Meitei Nation #3
  • Sangai Day 9: Thadou Dance: Gallery
  • Sangai Chef: Cooking Final : Gallery
  • Han Kang's The White Book
  • Sangai Day 4: Yubi Lakpi : Gallery
  • Sangai Chef: Season 1 Cooking Final
  • Disaster Management Course at NEHU
  • Training on Online Fact Checking
  • Clarify : Impact of Act East Policy
  • On the series of Killing of Livestock..
  • Today is World AIDS Day
  • From entrails to body now
  • NESO : abolish Citizenship Bill
  • NEC building cultural centre at Delhi
  • 12th Manipur Polo Intl #1 : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 9: Kabui Dance : Gallery
  • Day 5: Stalls @Keibul Lamjao: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Holi Pala #1: Gallery
  • Importance of TESOL in Government School
  • Farewell to Lt Gen LN Singh, VSM**
  • Waphong Inthan - A failed village
  • On the arrest of Kishorchand
  • Blank Editorial
  • Predator or predators on the prowl
  • Thai Princess visit Kangla #1: Gallery
  • December Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Sangai Day 8: Mukna Kangjei #1: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Evening Program #2: Gallery
  • Polo grows on you: Col Tarsem
  • Rediscovery of Gangmumei Kamei: Review
  • For whom does she cry ? :: Poem
  • DG Assam Rifles visits Manipur
  • Detention of TV journalist not fair
  • Arrest of 8 mountaineers from Manipur
  • Sangai Day 4: Lai Haraoba #1: Gallery
  • Bangladesh Manipuri Students : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 3: Pung Chollom #1: Gallery
  • We have a balanced team: George Shelton
  • Cry of a Dying River - 56 :: Poem
  • Sangai with Sumo & Samba ?
  • Morphing : An innocent loses her life
  • Bangladesh Manipuri students at Sylhet
  • Thai princess visits Kangla Fort
  • Olympics gold my dream : Mary Kom
  • Exploring the beaten path
  • Opening up Manipur: Visa office assurance
  • Thai Princess Sirindhorn @Sangai : Gallery
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2018 #5: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 6: Pherzawl Dance : Gallery
  • Manipuri Maichou 7 :: Book Review
  • Chandon :: Poem
  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Defers proposed indefinite highway bandh
  • 19th Hornbill Festival at Kisama
  • Sangai stops dancing
  • Mary Kom: Epitome of sporting excellence
  • Sangai Day 5: Evening Prog #1 : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 5: Thailand Dance : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Imphal Art Camp : Gallery
  • Edward Armstrong - USA Polo Team
  • An abrupt journey to an oasis of blue bull
  • Winter Blues :: Poem
  • Technical Internship Training for Japan
  • NPF on Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister
  • A ditch to Technology
  • Border row: India Myanmar, sacrificial lamb
  • Sangai Day 4: Pena Esei :Gallery
  • Day 5: Sangai Chef: Season 1 : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Evening Program #1: Gallery
  • Sangai Festival 2018: Turning into a Mela?
  • Sumo Wrestling: popular event in Sangai
  • Sangai Chef: Season 1: Cooking : Day 5
  • Truths in rumours & humours
  • PANE Conference organized at AUDC
  • Sangai Day 2: Dance from Kamjong: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 3: Thang Ta #1: Gallery
  • Can we have the Sangai festival daily?
  • Platonic love :: Poem
  • IGAR(s) congratulates Mary Kom
  • WPW Syndrome operated and cured
  • NSUD clarification on Nagas' Meet
  • National Highway bandh from Nov 27
  • Prospective candidates of Cong, BJP
  • Sangai Day 2: Sumo Wrestling #1: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Myanmar : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Geet Govinda: Gallery
  • 2017- a watershed year for Manipur Polo
  • Faculties (PG) at Gauhati University
  • Biodiversity for economic development #2
  • Mera Kongchat Mass Rally #4: Gallery
  • Sangai Chef: Season 1 : Day 1
  • GC Tongbra's 'Chengni Khujai'
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Thy name :: Poem
  • Bartending as a career option #2
  • Legal Awareness Programme
  • Tribute to Bhupen Hazarika at London
  • Blessing for Manipur
  • Cherry Blossom & Sangai: beyond Imphal
  • Sangai Fest: Inauguration #2 : Gallery
  • Sangai Fest: Inauguration #1 : Gallery
  • Natural Resources Management in Manipur
  • Leishemba Takhellambam : Polo Player
  • Robert Naorem at Eco Friendly Australia
  • Cry of a Dying River - 55 :: Poem
  • Jobs at ICERT, MeitY
  • NHPC Raising Day at Loktak Power Station
  • Where have all the city buses gone ?
  • Back to politics: Man from Langthabal AC
  • Mera Wayungba #2 : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba @Pune : Gallery
  • State Level Basketball : Gallery
  • Combating drug abuse in Manipur
  • Ningol Chakkouba celebrated at Pune
  • Glamour at 55th Naga's Meet 2018, Delhi
  • Myanmarese greeted at Khudengthabi
  • Rejoinder to PRO IGAR(s) statement
  • Quami Ekta Divas
  • Subsuming a smaller tribe
  • Kwatha Festival #2 : Gallery
  • ChingTam Ningol Chakouba @Goa: Gallery
  • Thoudam Kaoba :: Profile of Polo Player
  • The festival of the Inpui Nagas
  • Hazari/Tombi Polo Tournament : Gallery
  • Ashok Veilou (Purul) award in Kolkata fest
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Mysore #2 : Gallery
  • Scaramouche, Fandango, Galileo, Figaro..
  • Laija (Film Scenes) #1 :: eRang
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Dubai #2 : Gallery
  • Lamklai Kummoi Maring Fest #2: Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba Nga Mela #2 : Gallery
  • Rajkumar Jhaljit : Sahityaratna 2017
  • Ningol Chakouba :: Poem
  • Kut festival @ Chandel : Gallery
  • Ningol - mapam lamdam : Gallery
  • Mera Houchongba @Konung #3: Gallery
  • Fabrics of Bangladeshi Manipuri: Download
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Mera Houchongba @Konung #1: Gallery
  • Eepan Thaba #1: Gallery
  • Manipuri Calendar for 2018 : Download
  • mtM :: Seireng
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #4: Gallery
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS