The General Assembly is known as the main deliberative, policymaking, and representative organ of the United Nations. This organ is composed of all 193 Member States of the United Nations, which promotes the essential pillars by which the organization was founded: equality and sovereignty. The First Committee (Disarmament and International Security Committee) focuses on issues concerning disarmament and world peace. Delegates in this committee will have the opportunity to study and debate some of the key issues surrounding international security today.


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The relationship between disarmament and development

During its 70th session, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. Two of the key themes outlined in these objectives were development and world peace. A key challenge for the General Assembly First Committee will be examining the relationship between disarmament and development. While the two forces are mutually reinforcing, they do not automatically happen together. Decreased armed violence, military expenditures and reduced military tensions must come with sustained efforts to eradicate poverty and stimulate economic growth. Delegates will be able to examine at how to allow these forces to work in tandem, and work towards achieving a more sustainable and peaceful world.


Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security

As technology continues to improve and develop around the world, information and telecommunications have played an increasing role in the security frameworks of national governments and international community. In recent years, many countries around the world have prioritized domestic efforts taken at the to strengthen information security and there have been increasing efforts to promote international cooperation in that field. For this topic, delegates will have the opportunity to examine various issues surrounding this topic, including possible measures that could be taken by the international community to strengthen information security at the global level.



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Samaikya is an adventurous MUNer having done over 40 conferences in 23 countries in the last decade. Samaikya is graduate of the University of Oxford with a degree in Physics. He enjoys all things problem solving; from evaluating Feynman diagrams at the subatomic level, addressing humanitarian issues at the global level or simulating galaxy formation at the astronomical level. In addition to this, he has served on the boards of many conferences including as the Secretary-General of the prestigious OxIMUN. MUN has been a wonderful opportunity for Samaikya, to not only discuss and debate issues, but also gain an awareness on how global cooperation can solve any problem it faces. He hopes to share this same fascination of puzzles and challenges along with the sense of global cooperation and a drive to achieve the impossible with everyone at CANIMUN 2017.


patricia-kumbakisakaPATRICIA KUMBAKISAKA | CHAIR

Patricia was born in Romania. At the age of three, she moved to Greece with her family and lived there for seven years due to her parents’ work with diplomats. Her family later immigrated to Winnipeg, where she is presently living. She is fluent in five languages: Belgian, French, English, Greek, Swahili and Romanian. Patricia has completed her degree in Political Science specializing in International Relations at the University of Manitoba. She is passionate about politics and interactions among nations and other international entitles. Currently she is doing extended research and working with the Government of Canada. Patricia has participated at various MUN conferences across Canada. This year, she was chosen to work with the UN Association of Romania and chair the Human Rights Council. Patricia is extremely thrilled to be the chair of the General Assembly this year.