General Assembly Third Committee: Social, Cultural and Humanitarian (SOCHUM)


…in harmony with nature

14 – 16 March

Executive Board

Chair: Keshav Gupta
Director: Radhika Rashi


  1. Elimination of all forms of intolerance of discrimination based on religion or belief.
  2. Development and the rights of indigenous people.

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The General Assembly allocates to its Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee, commonly referred to as the “Third Committee”, agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect people all over the world.

An important part of the work of the Committee will focus on the examination of human rights questions, including reports of the special procedures of the Human Rights Council which was established in 2006.

The Committee also discusses the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination. The Committee also addresses important social development questions such as issues related to youth, family, ageing, persons with disabilities, crime prevention, criminal justice, and international drug control.

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