Head Chair: John Wu

Topic Guide: DISEC

The First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges, and threats to peace that affect the international community, and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the field of international security. The committee considers all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any other organization of the United Nations; the general principles of cooperation in maintaining international peace and security, as well as the principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments; and promotion of cooperative arrangements and measures aimed at strengthening stability through lower levels of armament. DISEC’s mandate in Article 26 of the United Nations Charter is to “promote the establishment and maintenance of international peace and security with the least diversion for armaments of the world’s human and economic resources”. 12050982_10153605832438704_1090111048_o


This year, the debate will on

(1) International Rules, Licensing, and Regulations for Private Military Contractors; and

(2) Security of International Waters and Pirating Operations.

As more and more governments strive to achieve security abroad, they face challenges of costs and maintenance of their own military hardware and personnel. Private military contractors, or simply PMCs, offer significantly decreased cost over the long run, and even less accountability when any assigned operations turn sour. The international community has long been waiting for proper regulations in order to hold PMCs accountable for their actions as well as the countries that award contracts to the PMC companies. However, the use of PMCs should not be viewed in a biased way, as they have both positive and negative deployment purposes. Additionally, in talking about security abroad, we must also focus on security of international waters and maritime activities. Pirating operations cost companies millions of dollars in losses each year, affecting multiple parties, and well as the livelihoods of many others. Our debate will focus on creating new and innovative solutions, as well as improving old and current rules and regulations to our international security solution.


For questions or concerns regarding the committee, topics, or position paper, John can be contacted at dmunc.disec@davismun.org.