Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)

Level: Beginner

Topic A: Cyber Warfare: Exploring the Possibility of Digital Arms Regulation

Topic B: Regulation and Control of Autonomous Weapons in Conflicts


Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) is the United Nations General Assembly First Committee and deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime. It considers all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the UN Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any other organ of the United Nations; the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments; promotion of cooperative arrangements and measures aimed at strengthening stability through lower levels of armaments.

The First Committee sessions are structured into three distinctive stages: a general debate followed by thematic discussions, both of which ultimately get sealed by the action on drafts. DISEC meets every year in October for a 4-to-5 week session, after the General Assembly General Debate. Under the UN Charter, all member states and observers of the United Nations are automatically part of the first committee of the General Assembly and have an equal vote. Documents drafted by this committee require a simple majority to be passed. Like the other committees of the United Nations General Assembly, DISEC is unable to impose sanctions, authorize armed intervention, or pass binding resolutions.


Malte Westphal

I am currently studying a Master's degree in IT-Management and -Consulting at the University of Hamburg. I started MUN 3 years ago after being heavily involved in debating before. Since then I have participated at about 20 MUNs in almost every capacity imaginable, among them Representative of the European Union at GöMUN last year. Even though I have an unusual professional background for an MUNer, I am very interested in international relations as a hobby, and looking forward to see the delegates of DISEC discuss the only topics in MUN where my bachelor degree in Computer Science is of any use. That it also might be one some the most challenging topics of the 21st century is nice as well.

Zumaro Zumaro

I am an Indonesian citizen, but currently living in Poland to continue my studies. I am majoring in Nuclear Power Engineering at Warsaw University of Technology. I started my journey in MUN in 2012, when I was a freshman in my bachelor’s program. At first, it was really hard to adapt to MUN’s debating style, considering that I was really into engineering stuff instead of international relations. However, after I found out what I want to be in the future, I realized that MUN is the biggest stepping stone for me to reach my goal to be a nuclear diplomat in the future. Hence, it is a big deal for me to partake in as many MUNs as I can in order to strengthen my professional behavior as representative of the country. Long story short, I am looking forward to see you in this particular MUN!