|Posted by [email protected] on September 2, 2015 at 9:50 AM|
The Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural committee is the third committee of the General Assembly (GA) of the UN, and it was created in 1946. It was originally called the Third Committee, and abbreviation of it is “SOCHUM.” According to the UN, SOCHUM is specifically meant to handle “a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect peoples all over the world.” The resolutions, decisions, and recommendations of GA committees are nonbinding for member states. Yet, this does not make the committee ineffective. Instead, SOCHUM’s recommendations have the power to order or suggest various studies and programs that can make a major difference.
Just like the name, SOCHUM handles social, cultural, and humanitarian issues around the world. This is a wide range of fields, so SOCHUM’s work is related to the work of many UN committees. The committee’s responsibility includes working on human rights issues, such as overseeing the Human Rights Council, and guiding many projects and committees within the United Nations, such as advancing the role of women and protecting children. Specifically mentioned for discussion in the committee’s mandate is “the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination.”
TOPIC: COMBATING RACISM
Around the world, people identify and discriminate simply by believing that they are “different” due to their race. Racism focuses on the biological differences between humans and makes some races below others by both prejudice and discrimination. Rather than acknowledging and celebrating differences, racism makes some races weak members of the society, while letting another races boost up to a higher level. Race has became the major way for individuals to identify themselves, particularly in the census data. A larger group, however, is saying that race is a concept developed by society as a tool to suppress groups of people—and that it continues to succeed around the world every day. Racism is the main reason that cause many violations related with basic human rights, including violations in education, citizenship, and employment. A world that views any group of people as inferior will not give such a group equal access to opportunities. As it becomes easier to move throughout the world, racism continues to appear. An example of this is the growth of xenophobia, or the irrational fear of people from other countries. This fear leads to a lack of connection and understanding for others, particularly in refugee situations, and instead degrades the status of certain groups in society.