Position Papers are due on February 6th to be considered for the Best Position Paper Award, and February 13th to be considered for any committee award. Submit them to DISEC@bmun.org.
UN Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)
Head Chair | Jessie Mao
Vice-Chairs | Himaja Jangle, Sita McGuire, Alan Xu
Welcome to the Disarmament and International Security Committee! As outlined in the United Nations charter, its chief purpose is to “consider the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, including the principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments, and may make recommendations with regard to such principles to the Members or to the Security Council or to both.”
Essentially, this committee deals with disarmament, global issues, and threats to the international community in order to maintain international peace and global security. Working closely with the United Nation Disarmament Commission and the Conference on Disarmament, DISEC has the power to control disarmament and armament regulation, giving it ability to change the course of many armed conflicts. This makes this committee essential in seeking solutions pertaining to international security
Topic 1 | Congo: Resources in Conflict
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For much of its history, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has faced tremendous regional conflict over the area’s vast natural resources. Some of these minerals that have been the driving forces for mass atrocities like rape and murder can be found in the exact device you are reading this on. As armed groups earn hundreds of millions of dollars per year by trading these natural resources, the money continues to encourage their campaign of violence against local civilians that live around the mining areas. This endless cycle of brutality in the Congo is the responsibility of DISEC to evaluate, and the committee must come up with cooperative arrangements and measures to be acted on to ensure security and peace in Central Africa
Topic 2 | Modern Warfare: Privatization of War
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Long gone are the days that a soldier had to wait till they were 500 yards away from their target before hitting them. Now someone in Nevada can press a button and send a drone halfway across the world to hit their target without ever having to leave the facility. Just as the advancement of technology has changed the way war is fought, the emergence of new actors, such as private military and security companies functioning in place of traditional armed forces, has altered war’s landscape. DISEC will examine how the international community should address the emerging changed norms and regulations that have arisen since the modernization and privatization of war.