Welcome note by the head of SOCHUM

One of the cornerstones of the General Assembly SOCHUM; discusses two widely debated issues faced by the world today. In the first topic regarding the illegal trade and commercialization of cultural artifacts and heritage, we will be looking at the illicit sale of cultural objects, stolen from museums or looted from archaeological sites. The second topic will focus on ensuring greater inclusion for persons with disabilities. The committee will be discussing how to provide opportunities to the disabled and how they could actively and more efficiently participate in society, which would most realistically emulate the United Nations. Since SOCHUM is a part of the General Assembly, it has a vital contribution towards the MUN. Even though the topics might seem very straightforward, the solutions the delegates will bring about will look into different perspectives and their critical thinking. The theme of this year’s GSMUN goes very well with the committee because disabled people are shunned from society due to their differences and are not given enough recognition, but in some cases people don’t realize their worth and contribution to society, and illegal trade of artifacts also points to the fact that people are becoming desensitized to the value of preserving our culture in a fast- westernizing world. We as the future generation of this planet are trying to recognize and come up with viable solutions for this global crisis. It all starts with us, and we as a committee are determined to mold the future of this world.

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Committee Session

Day 1

Anticipation was in the air as the committee commenced with the very first session for GSMUN 2018. SOCHUM was raring to present the first resolution which was put up by the delegate of UK on the topic ‘Greater Inclusion for persons with disabilities’. The motion to commence the debate was put into order after the delegates each gave a speech regarding the status of their country with respect to both the topics. This was done as a brief introduction to provide useful data to all the delegates as well as make each one confident enough to speak and share their views. There were 2 points of information that were allowed by the delegate of the UK. The first point of information was made by the delegate of Russia owing to the clause which stated that disabled student should not be segregated. The second point of information was a request to change the clause 3 to a preambulatory clause instead. There were quite a few delegates who supported the resolution; they mentioned that equality should be maintained. The delegate of USA further appreciated the law in Norway, stated in the preambulatory clause. Very few delegates went against the resolution and stated their points confidently. The delegate of Russia confidently brought to the attention of the committee that prosthetic limbs would also cause discrimination and the delegates of the UK and China further clarified the statements. The delegate of Russia strongly opposed the idea of providing prosthetics. The UN representative participated in the debate and made it clear that SOCHUM is a general assembly with an abundance of funds that can be provided to support the differently-abled population. The delegate of North Korea questioned the delegate of the UK on the operative clause number 2. The delegate of China answered the question posed by the delegate of Russia about transportation technology. The UN representative questioned the 1 st operative clause; that stated that the making of prosthetic limbs should be in an ecologically accepted method. The delegate of France clarified that the disabled are provided with convenient means of transport. The delegate of USA was appreciated for clarifying the fact that there are buses and subways with facilities for the disabled. The delegate of Russia was also questioned by the delegate of India about the population and the actions taken by Russia for the inclusion of the disabled. The UN representative strongly supported his point. The delegate of Australia spoke about the lack of money that the LEDCs have. The delegate of Russia actively questioned the committee about transport technology, to which the delegate of India brought to the committee’s notice the condition in Russia with respect to the topic. The delegate of Russia confidently talked about spreading awareness of the condition of the disabled and how it would aid the citizens.  The issue of employment was discussed by various delegates. Certain delegates were told to contribute to the topic as they had not expressed their opinion at all. The debate heated up as the discussion intensified. A lot of the delegates could speak well on the topic as they were well-informed. The committee progressed to the amendments that had to be made to the resolution. The delegate of Russia made the first amendment which was that one of the operative clauses had to be made into a preambulatory clause. The amendment passed with a clear majority. The UN representative also made an amendment to add a sub-clause to one of the clauses, stating that social media should be taken into consideration. This point was quite debatable. This amendment also passed with a clear majority. Another amendment was made by the UN representative

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Committee Session

Day 2

On the second day, the committee returned with high hopes for another round of fruitful debates and encountered the delegate of Russia who was presenting his resolution on the topic, “Illegal trade and commercialization of cultural artifacts and heritage”. A majority of the committee went for the resolution. The delegate of Russia confidently replied to all the questions posed by various delegates. The resolution passed after several amendments were considered and implemented. The committee moved into a heated unmoderated caucus for a period of 5 minutes. The discussion about the Kohinoor diamond was put into light during this. While the situation was slipping out of hands, the debate moved into a moderated caucus again. The extra-elongated clapping by the delegate of USA became a repetitive action. 
The third resolution was presented by the delegate of France.  A lot of commotion was made regarding the co-submitters as they needed time to change their decisions. A majority of the committee went against the resolution, including the co-submitters. Throughout the debate, there were delegates who went against the resolution strongly feeling that it could have been clearer. There were an active number of UN representatives present in the committee at that point of time. A wave of hyper activeness was witnessed during the debate session. The resolution failed due to the numerous changes made by the delegate of Russia. The delegate of USA confidently went on to present his resolution. A majority of the delegates went for the resolution. The question of the dark web came into light as well as the illegal trade through the internet was discussed. The delegates were requested to make the committee lively since the committee dulled out at one point of time.  The resolution passed by clear majority. There was a re-voting for the amendments that were made by the delegate of Russia previously. The decision was different; the resolution failed.

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Committee Session

Day 3

Lieutenant General Amrik Singh, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal was commissioned into 6 KUMAON of the Indian Army on 09 June 1979. He is an alumnus of St Xavier School, Ranchi, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indan Military Academy, Dehradun. The General holds master of Science (Defence Studies) and Master of Philosophy degrees. He has attended all prestigious courses in the Army with distinction. His varied military career has seen him hold various commands, staff and instructional appointments. He has had the privilege to serve in all operational environments that our nation has to offer. From insurgency in J & K to the deserts of Rajasthan, from the jungles of the north east to Naxalite affected areas, the General has been instrumental in raising the operational threshold of his command. The General Officer during his illustrious career, having served in all operational environments in the country, has been decorated with Ati Vishisht Seva Meda, Sena Medal and Commendation Cards by the Chief of Army Staff and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for his contribution in operations and meritorious services of an exemplary order. The General has contributed extensively in the fields of education and towards reskilling and reemployment of soldiers. The General is an environmentalist by nature, an outdoor person and a keen sportsman.The General Officer is happily married to Mrs Balvinder Kaur. They have two sons, Pranit (32 years) and Jasnit (29 years). Pranit is Director Global Programming with Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Jasnit is a Captain flying for Indigo Airlines. Mrs Balvinder Kaur holds a Master’s degree and is an educator. She has worked extensively in the fields of child and women empowerment and health awareness, she being a teacher and a counsellor. She was pivotal in raising a school for children and setting up a vocational training centre in the border town of Dharchula and at Lucknow. Her model for the revamped vocational training centre was adopted as a baseline model by the higher formation. She has also been associated with raising of Army Skill Development Centre at Kolkata for families and their dependents. This centre is affiliated to PMKVY Scheme of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. She is fond of travelling. Her interests include listening to religious and light music and promoting health awareness.