Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee

 Logan Smith, Chair

Logan Smith, Chair

 Nicole Phocas, Assistant Director

Nicole Phocas, Assistant Director

Committee Introduction

TOPIC A | Combating our changing environment

A majority of scientists agree that our climate is changing in an irreversible manner. Whether our globe is truly “warming” or not, we have seen extreme weather events occur more frequently over the past few years than ever before. This issue of climate change is one that threatens the human race, although we have continually discussed it as being an issue that harms the Earth.

In committee, we want to see solutions that move beyond simple measures for alternative energy and reducing our carbon footprint. The reality is, in a modern world, we will continue to emit greenhouse gasses faster than our planet can remove them. We must combine energy solutions with renewed international pacts. In the past, government alliances to fight climate change have either done too little, or what they have resolved to do has gone unenforced. Delegates should be able to back their ideas for government commitment with empirical evidence. In addition, they should create innovative solutions to slow Earth’s climate change and challenge the false rhetoric that our environmental issues are the fault of the individual consumer.

Topic B | LGBTQ Rights

The existence of LGBTQ+ persons and their history are as old as human society. However, widespread acceptance of these sexual minorities has been in flux. LGBTQ+ persons have faced multiple forms of discrimination, and have battled mistreatment in various degrees of severity. Prior to the mid 1900s, public attitudes towards homosexuality were largely negative across the globe, and such forms of “sexual deviance” were at times even labelled as a mental disorder. Following the many social movements of the late 1900s, LGBTQ+ persons began to fight for visibility and acceptance within their communities. Today, many parts of the world have made great strides towards the acceptance of LGBTQ+ persons, even going as far as to ensure many social, financial, and legal protections for LGBTQ+ persons and their families. However, these attitudes are not equal across our modern world. There are still many nations that criminalize LGBTQ+ identity or expression, both in de jure and de facto policy.

It will be the mission of our committee to establish international guidelines towards the treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals, and determine how exactly our international community views sexual minorities under the umbrella of human rights while not infringing on the sovereignty of more conservation nations.

**Please note that this is a dual-delegation committee.

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