The Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM)

Topic Area Summary:

“Being human is given, but keeping our humanity is a chance”


In the 21st Century, the world is on the brink of a nuclear precipice. Our humanity is threatened today, and man himself is solely responsible for these threats. The Refugee Crisis has seen deaths of over thousands of people, and still remains a pertinent issue, threatening this humanity we speak about.

This year’s SOCHUM, while dealing with the problem of Refugees, will deal specifically with Marine Refugees.

Statistics have proven, that on an average, 14 people have died every single day in the Mediterranean Sea, in the year 2015, in quest of a better life in Europe. Sometimes ships carrying up to 417 people arrive on the banks of Greece, from Turkey, while the maximum capacity of these low quality boats is 100. The workers running these boats, are called “people smugglers” and earn a livelihood from carrying out such unlawful activities. Apart from these logistical problems which are putting people’s lives at stake, certain countries have appalling policies when it comes to Marine Refugees, and on the other hand, some countries have extremely humanitarian Open Door Policies.

This year, delegates of the Third Committee of the General Assembly, will deal with the reasons countries close their doors to refugees, as well as the reasons compelling people to flee their home countries, while trying to find a humanitarian way to end this job of the people smugglers.

While lobbying and paperwork is imperative, I will be placing high importance on the ability to implement solutions. Solutions will be regarded redundant, if they are unreal, or cannot be implemented in the real world.

The technicalities of this topic are great, and delegates will require a large amount of research into countries’ border policies and laws of the seas, in order to reach a comprehensive solution


Letter from the Director:

Dear Delegates,

I am beyond excited to welcome you to the 21st Session of the Cathedral Model United Nations!

My name is Ana Rath, and I am going to be your director for The Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee this year.

Being a senior in the IB Diploma Program, my interests are varied; I have found a deep passion and love for History, coupled with my immense fascination and love for Computer Science. The field of Political Analytics never ceases to fascinate me, and I hope to study a combination of these subjects in University soon!

It was exactly 5 years ago when I attended my first Model UN Conference, amidst the breath-taking, almost- floor sweeping chandeliers of the Trident, and since then my love for Model UN and particularly for the SOCHUM has grown immensely. Over these last 5 years I have attended MUNS both internationally and nationally, the Harvard MUN and Ivy League MUN being some of the notable ones.

Besides academics, I love everything funny and feministic! I have a strong passion for debating and playing the piano, and if you don’t find me arguing with someone about what’s right, you’ll definitely find me eating (during class mostly, oops!), or sleeping (ugh, IB!).

“Your director, and one of my best friends, Ana Rath, is one of the craziest people you’ll ever meet. Her very distinct child-like sense of humour distinguishes her from the rest of us, but don’t let that fool you. She’s probably one of the most passionate and skilled MUNners I know. Her love for the SOCHUM extends way beyond CMUN, and she’s one of the few people who genuinely care about actual conflict resolution. She will definitely know if you’re saying something contradictory or factually incorrect, so if i were you, I’d watch out! Being extremely passionate about History and debating, be sure not to anger her! Do me a favour and don’t laugh at her jokes, but have fun getting to know your director! I can assure you that you're in good hands, with this Prefect, House Captain and Music Secretary leading your committee.” -Vedant Nevatia, Director, SCAP, 1945.

I am positive that all you wonderful delegates will make my last CMUN a memorable experience, so feel free to shoot me any questions before the MUN starts, or to simply introduce yourself! I’m looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you! If you have any questions or concerns about this committee or topic, please feel free to contact us at

Until August,

Ana Rath,
Director, The Social Cultural and Humanitarian Committee,
Cathedral Model United Nations 2017.