Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)
Topic A: Non-Proliferation of Cyber Weapons
Topic B: Intermediate -Range Nuclear Forces after the dissolvement of the INF-treaty
The United Nations General Assembly First Committee, better known as Disarmament and International Security Committee is one of the six main committees of the General Assembly. Even though at GöMUN only 25 member nations will be present, all states represented in the GA have a seat in DISEC. Issues allocated to DISEC are nuclear weapons, other weapons of mass destruction, outer space (disarmament aspects), conventional weapons, regional disarmament and security, other disarmament measures and international security. These topics may only discussed by GA and its main committees as long as the Security Council is not preoccupied with the situation. As GAs resolutions themselves, resolutions adopted by DISEC are not legally binding for UN member states.
Topic A will be “Non-Proliferation of Cyber Weapons”. Due to the rapidly increasing utility of information and communications technologies and its lawlessness, Cyber space is becoming increasingly militarized. How can cyber conflict be prevented and de-escalated?
Topic B will be “Intermediate -Range Nuclear Forces after the dissolvement of the INF-treaty”. As the main parties, the United States and the Russian Federation, withdrew from the treaty in the beginning of 2019, DISEC shall focus on hindering an escalation of the situation in which no rules apply to nuclear forces.
I am a 22-year-old Law Student at the University of Hamburg, specializing in the Law of IT and Media. Chairing the DISEC at GöMUN 2019 will be my second time chairing and my thirteenth time participating a Model United Nations Conference overall. I am really looking forward to chairing this year’s First Committee of the General Assembly and excited to see the progress you all will make during the conference. Back in Hamburg I am in the organizing team of our very own conference, the Hamburg Model United Nations.
My introduction to MUN were already in high school, were I represented Togo in the “Resolution 1540”-subcommittee of the UN Security Council. Ironically, my way leads back to the topic of Nuclear Disarmament which I discussed as a delegate (in a quite different committee, in a quite different setting) some years ago. MUN, dear participants, is a chance to evolve and learn, to succeed challenges you would normally not even face. Therefore, it’s my honour to invite you to Göttingen where I at least expect two things from every one of my distinguish delegates: Work hard, party hard!
Looking forward to meet you in Göttingen!
my name is Christopher, I’m half German, half British and I’m doing my master’s in Physics and Computer Science in Münster, Germany. I studied in Göttingen for my bachelor’s, so I’m excited to be back! In my spare time I enjoy mind sports such as Go and Chess. Furthermore, I’m studying Chinese and I dance a lot, mainly Salsa. Overall, I’m quite a geek – you can get me hooked with everything science.
I love travelling to new places and meeting new people. I love the feeling of understanding the world a little better each time. I’m very keen on politics. (Surprise!) With a bit more (scientific) reason and compassion we can make the world a better place. “From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.” I’m a big fan of MUNs. They’re so much fun that I’m willing to sacrifice sleep, and that’s something! I was introduced to MUNs in grammar school. After a long break, I restarted my MUN “career” last year and I’m very glad that I did.
I look forward to meeting you all soon!