Third Committee - SOCHUM
Welcome to the 51st session of the North American Invitational Model United Nations! I am Akriti Kumar ,and I am this year’s chair of the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM). As the third committee of the General Assembly, this year SOCHUM will be assigned the pressing social and humanitarian issues affecting the global population of media freedom and food security. Over the weekend, you will be given the challenging task of discussing and debating potential solutions to address these crucial issues.
To tell you a bit more about myself, I am a senior in the McDonough School of Business double majoring Finance and International Business from Voorhees, New Jersey (close to Philadelphia). In my free time, I love to spend time with my friends, watch Game of Thrones, listen to music, and explore all that DC has to offer. I spent the fall of my junior year studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life! At Georgetown, I am involved in the Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program, the MSB Peer Ambassador Program, Senior Class Committee, and of course, the International Relations Club. I will be interning in New York City this summer before returning for my senior year. I have been doing Model UN for 7 years and have attended countless conferences. I attended NAIMUN as a delegate in high school, and have been on the staff since my freshman year, as a rapp and director my freshman and sophomore years and a chair for SOCHUM last year.
I am lucky enough to have a great director, Eric Tang, who will be joining us on the dias. Eric is currently a junior in the McDonough School of Business, with concentrations in finance and management. He has spent the majority of his life in West Windsor, New Jersey, and currently lives in Washington, DC. He has consistently participated in Model United Nations throughout high school, and has previously attended NAIMUN three times as a delegate. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, swimming and listening to house music.
In preparation for this committee, it is important that you all stay up-to-date with relevant publications that are related to our topics. Combining our committee’s Background Guide with reputable news sources like the Economist or the New York Times is most definitely the best place to start. Moreover, be sure to pay specific attention to correctly representing your nation’s own policies and predict how this will impact the course of debate.
The two topics we have chosen for this weekend, media freedom and food security, though very unique and different, are ones very relevant to today’s international community. They have long lasting and widespread affects. We look forward to the various ideas you have and the high quality of debate that will take place. With Eric and our wonderful rapporteur, Ranajoy, we have a great team and an awesome weekend ahead of us! However, what is most important is that you make sure you have fun during the conference! If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us, we can’t wait to meet you all!