General Assembly First Committee
Disarmament and International Security
Is it possible to imagine a world where weapons are solely used for measures to achieve justice, where all countries share friendly, hatred-free relations, where trade and unity shapes up the base to how our governments function? A world where no nation has the right to even think of breaching a land that isn’t it’s, or property it doesn’t own. Where there isn’t a need to attain disarmament; a world where international peace is a normality.
Yes, we can, but a utopic world doesn’t exist, yet it is our duty as MUN members to long for the moon, and not for the stars. For 73 years, the General Assembly has stood, combatting threats to peace and seeking out solutions to challenges against the international security regime, considering all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the UN Charter.
After recent developments in artificial intelligence and its ability to produce ‘killer robots’, known as LAWS, the question of banning lethal autonomous weapons is up for debate. The committee will also be discussing and finding active measures to reduce the risks of irregular warfare, an ever-present issue in our modern-day society. And finally, the controversial topic of prohibiting the production and use of nuclear weapons considering the proposed Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Anyone can offer a solution, but it is those who reevaluate and reassess that are the craftiest. Being a HIAMUN delegate means being responsible and unique enough to deal with the many complications and obstacles that will face you, and that’s exactly what my chair, Hana Helal, and I expect.
Youssef Shehab, President of the First Committee of the General Assembly