The First Committee for the UN General Assembly, Disarmament and International Security Committee, rose after seeing the endless tyranny that the world went through from World War 1 and World War 2. Realizing the utter importance of the widely distributed weapons, gadgets, nuclear powers and outer space programs, DISEC strives to prevent global mayhem. Protecting the weak and intercepting the nefarious, DISEC’s mandate dictates to ensure demilitarization and eradicate remilitarization and its sole goal is to envelope the world in a truce-sheath. All 193 members can attend the annual meeting of DISEC.
At IUMUN’13, agendas like how DISEC is still searching for the innumerable mines deployed all over the world and strives to negotiate with armed insurgents shall be raised. Such on-fire subjects are bound to enhance the on-the-edge-of-your-seat experiences at IUMUN.
Name: Syed Araj Raza
University: NED University of Science and Technology
Program: Mechanical Engineering
I am Syed ArajRaza and I shall be chairing the Disarmament and International Security Committee at the Iqra University Model United Nations 2013. I am currently in my Final Year of Mechanical Engineering at the NED University of Engineering and Technology, and this would be my second experience chairing DISEC at a Model United Nations conference. Suffices for the formal introductions? Let’s get on with the real flavor of MUN conferences now.
DISEC, the first committee of the General Assembly, is tasked with ensuring international peace and security. This places an incredibly heavy burden on the shoulders of the delegates here but also ensures that the debate is always heated with the political differences between nations, often spilling out in the form some very personal arguments. It is always one of the most testing committees and the topics selected for DISEC this year have been set especially considering their politically divisive nature and their impact on the world in the longer run. A word of warning though; hollow verbosity and high sounding rhetoric will never silence voices of reason and true diplomatic character in the halls of DISEC. I expect the delegates to come up with real solutions and truly show their peers in the direction of ensuring the fact that effective solutions for these issues are practically possible.
Be prepared to have an incredible time.
Best of Luck.
Name: Kamil Shoukat Ali Sanjrani
Program: BE Electronics
MUN Association: KIETMUN
I, Kamil Shoukat, welcome you to the first committee of the General Assembly, Disarmament and International Security Committee, at IUMUN’13.
About me: I am enrolled in PAF-KIET and in my last year of Electronics Engineering. This will be the second time that I have been invited to chair DISEC at IUMUN but my journey actually started three years back. I had been an active member of our university’s MUN society, KIETMUN, from the very first semester. I made way to the top and then served as the Secretary General in KIETMUN’12 and KIETMUN’13 Intra.
My first MUN experience made me feel right at home as I finally found a place where I could argue and reason all I wanted without anyone plucking their hair out or jumping out of the windows. I have attended more than fifteen MUN conferences and this will be my sixth experience as a Committee Director. I have won a few (An intriguing LUMUN Honorary Mention stands out) and lost a few, but for me, this activity has primarily been something through which I can ventilate my thoughts. This avocation of mine has taken me places and the most memorable ones stand out to be Worldmun’11 in Singapore and FUMUN’13 in Istanbul. I intend upon cashing in on all opportunities to travel and explore diverse cultures through this platform because in the end, what really matters is that we get to know different people, make some friends and build the capacity to withstand their opinions.
Make your researches, plan your strategies and if you have any queries or confusions about the topics or the procedures, please ask. I’ll be more than happy to help you out.
Looking forward to see you all, peace out!
Kamil Shoukat Ali Sanjrani
Committee Director – DISEC
Assistant Committee Director:
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to IUMUN’13 and to Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC). I’m currently a junior at Iqra University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I’ve been a public speaker ever since I was 13, but my MUN-ing career started while I was in my A levels and ever since then it has been one heck of a ride! For me, MUN is not just about diplomacy but also about confidence and the immensity of knowledge. I expect you people to dig in and bring logical and valid discussions. Research and research well! So delegates- hit the books! May the odds be ever in your favor!
Asna Hassan Rizvi
Assistant Committee Director DISEC
1. Drone Technology And Its Future In Modern Warfare
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also referred to as Drones, are today primarily associated with their military purpose of targeting and killing those whom the U.S. government defines as terrorists or their supporters in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are getting their military prominence due to two factors: technological advances allowing unmanned flying objects to be accurately guided over large distances and better intelligence gathering on the ground, which makes it possible to pinpoint and strike high-value military targets while keeping civilian casualties and other collateral damage as low as possible. But there are several arguments raised against the reports submitted by the US in the United Nations about the excessive collateral damage and the violations of sovereignty Drone attacks are causing. On June 19th2012, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations condemned the use of armed drones by the U.S. because it was unclear whether the victims of drone attacks were combatants or innocent bystanders. And of course the future prospects of this technology are being explored by various countries and at this moment the production of UAVs and UCAVs in several countries is increasing exponentially.
The committee will be discussing the legal aspect of the issue and whetherthe strategic advantage it has on modern warfare is enough to overlookthe collateral damage. If they are to continue how can they be made safer and reliable? Or if they are to stop entirely what are the alternatives keeping the side effects in mind or is there a different solution altogether to eliminate high priority terrorist leaders or targets. It is a topic which, if discussed in detail, will generate enough questions to keep us all curious but that can only be achieved if the committee has done enough research on the matter.
2. Foreign Military Intervention In Internal Conflicts
Over the past few years, a number of conflicts between governments and their citizens have flared up across the world. Labeled variously as civil disturbances, insurgencies, rebellions or at times even as all out civil wars; these conflicts have resulted in very different, often contrasting, international reactions. From the most direct form of international intervention with the United Nations Security Council approved No-Fly Zone in Libya in 2011; to the unilateral Saudi action in Bahrain the same year; the ongoing French action in Mali or its intervention in the Ivory Coast in 2011 and the seemingly continuing international inaction regarding Syria; there seems to be no unified approach to handling such conflicts.
There has always existed a vast gulf in opinion over the efficacy of any form of foreign intervention in civil unrests. Over the years the international community; and the decision makers at the United Nations in particular; have come under criticism for being selective in the conflicts they choose to intervene in. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle, discussed extensively at the UN, was an attempt to formalize a mechanism for such conflicts and was even invoked in Security Council Resolution 1973; however it too has failed to counter the perception of selective application that has dogged this issue for years.
The escalating situation in Syria and the changing nature of the ruling order in the Middle East and North Africa have raised many important questions and have also provided an opportunity to formalize a mechanism through which all future interventions can be judged. The most pressing issues that will come up in the committee include the efficacy of the use of force itself, the debate between unilateral and multi-lateral interventions and how can a more fair mechanism be created that places human lives over national interests as its raison d’etre.