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

The Third Committee deals with items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect people all over the world. It focuses on the examination of human rights questions, including reports of the special procedures of the Human Rights Council established in 2006.

The Committee also discusses questions relating to the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination.  The Committee also addresses important social development questions such as issues related to youth, family, ageing, persons with disabilities, crime prevention, criminal justice, and international drug control.

ISSUE 301 - Measures to prevent abuse and sexual exploitation in United Nations peacekeeping

ISSUE 302 - Measures to solve the humanitarian crisis in Gaza


Your Chairs

Maria Kuhestani - SOCHUM

NESBRU chair - Maria Kuhestani

Hi there! My name is Maria and I’ll be one of the chairs for SOCHUM at this year’s SANMUN. I started attending MUN debates my first week of school here at Nesbru. At first it was very confusing, and I could barely keep up with what was going on. For whatever reason I kept going even though I was completely lost most of the time. I am truly happy that I did. Since then, I have been a delegate at SANMUN and THIMUN. Both being great conferences where I have gained new knowledge about the issues present in the world. I am looking forward to seeing all of you in November!



Nina Viet - SOCHUM

SVGS chair -   Ane grieg Riisnæs

My name is Ane Grieg Riisnæs, and I will be chairing the topic “Measures to solve the humanitarian crisis in Gaza” in the SOCHUM committee. I’m 18 years old and was first introduced to MUN the school where I took pre-IB in Moscow, but it was not until I joined NESMUN that I truly fell in love with it. Following international politics has always been of great importance to me, so MUN was a perfect fit! I’ve attended both international conferences like THIMUN and multiple national once as a delegate, as well as I’ve chaired a number of NESMUN debates. The topic I will be Chairing is one of great importance and significant. The more you read up on the topic the more one understands the division and complexity of it. When debating such conflicting topics, it’s important to remember to compromise where you can and cooperate with those who support your views.

I look forward to meeting all the delegates and many fruitful debates! I hope you will find this conference as enriching as I’ve found last year’s SANMUN-conference.