The United Nations General Assembly Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee)


SOCHUM is a forum for the UN Member States to discuss social, humanitarian, and cultural issues, especially those related to human rights. The SOCHUM and its subsidiary body, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), take the lead in drafting general resolutions on these matters. In this committee, social, humanitarian, and cultural issues are primary, but also discusses:

The advancement of women’s rights, the protection of children, issues related to indigenous affairs, the treatment of refugees and economic migrants, 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, prevention of heinous crime, criminal justice, and control over the international drug epidemic.

Resolutions passed within the context of a General Assembly are not bindingand SOCHUM serves as no exception. Resolutions, by in large, is a set of recommendations for the member states to ratify and adjust accordingly.

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