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General Assembly - SOCHUM

Intermediate Committee

Topics:
  • Countering Toxic Narratives about Refugees and Migrants

  • Improving Access to Education for Refugees

This committee is very special. Why? because JCUMUN has decided to participate in the "MUN Refugees Challenge" by the The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

"The UNHCR aims to leverage the best ideas produced by MUN participants". JCUMUN was  invited to join the MUN Refugees Challenge along with MUNs taking place in 2020 and put forward solutions to forced displacement. 

 The UNHCR is a UN governed body that reports annually to ECOSOC and the General Assembly. Its work is to ensure the right of all those that have fled violence, persecution, war or natural disasters and are seeking asylum and trying to find safe refuge. Recently, the body has been heavily involved in trying to provide a solution to the situation that is spreading across the world.

Therefore, this committee will have one delegate play the role of an UNHCR Representative and will bring forth the topics outlined above. The Delegates in this committee will have their resolutions submitted to the UNHCR by us, the organizers of JCUMUN and awards will be granted for each of the topics to MUNs that hosted the winning committees as well as to students involved in the drafting of the winning resolutions.

   

Study Guides

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has provided the some resources for the committee.  Below, you can find the link to the resources available: 

  • Forced displacement 

    • Video: Which country hosts the most refugees?

    • Video: Where do most refugees come from?

    • Video: What is the difference between a refugee and a migrant?

  • Topic #2: Countering toxic narratives about refugees and migrants

    • Article: UN’s Grandi slams “toxic language” of politics

    • Video: Guled Mire, a former refugee in New-Zealand talks about hate speech 

    • Article: Does online hate fuels anti-migrant violence?

    • Report: Understanding public attitudes towards refugees and migrants