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In the Third Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations, also known as the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM), delegates will have the opportunity to discuss a range of subjects currently affecting people all over the world. In particular, they could be tasked with responding to questions related to the protection of human rights. The Committee is often tasked with discussing issues such as global literacy, the treatment of refugees and displaced persons, the rights of Indigenous peoples, and the elimination of racism and discrimination. Delegates will be able to represent the positions of various United Nations Member States, and they will be able to put their knowledge of United Nations procedure to the test when drafting resolutions that come up with creative solutions to the topics at hand.

Position Papers are due March 1st. See our Guidelines here.



1. Environmental Refugee Crisis
2. Harmful Traditional Practices Against Women


Director: Jessica Powell

Jessica is thrilled to be serving on the CANIMUN 2018 Secretariat as Director of the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM). This will be Jessica’s sixth year being involved in Model United Nations, and first time acting as a Director. Jessica wishes to make each delegate’s experience inspiring, educational and a great opportunity for personal and professional growth.
Jessica is currently working as a Policy Development Coordinator at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Students’ Association (SAITSA). Prior to this, Jessica recently completed a Master of International Public Policy degree from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, as well as a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree at the University of Ottawa in International Development and Globalization. She has worked at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, biking, hiking and discovering the beauty of Alberta. Jessica would like to welcome delegates, new and returning, to what will surely be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Co-Chair: Maryam Rahimi Shahmirzadi

Maryam is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto, majoring in International Relations and Political Science. She is incredibly excited to chair for the SOCHUM committee in the upcoming CANIMUN conference. In addition to politics, Maryam is also a coffee enthusiast, so much that she volunteers at a coffee shop just so that she can be surrounded by coffee’s quintessential roasty smell and taste for at least some part of her day. When Maryam is not busy engaging in heated political topics or admiring coffee beans, you can find her binge watching basically any movie featuring Tom Hanks or listening to James Blunt’s songs on repeat for hours.



Co-Chair: Camille Cockerton

Camille Cockerton is a second year Global and International Studies student with a specialization in Communication and Media as well as a minor in African Studies. She is trilled to be returning to CANIMUN for her second year on staff! Camille has been involved heavily in model U.N for the past five years. Attending various conferences across Canada and the U.S. This past year she has been taking up the role of special projects for the United Nations Society and has been enjoying sharing her passion for MUN with new delegates. Camille is excited for this year`s installment of CANIMUN and can`t wait to work with all delegates through out the conference.