United Nations Committee on Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Issues

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) promises indigenous peoples the right, “to freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”. However, in Latin America, 42 million indigenous peoples are living under a glass ceiling, with harsh realities of economic exclusion, educational gaps, social discrimination, and inaccess to resources marking their everyday lived experiences. While protecting the rights of indigenous communities has always been a concern for SOCHUM, Latin America is presented with a complex dilemma in need to safeguard the rights of its indigenous people, while still coping with the presence of colonialism itself. Moreover, indigenous rights’ abuses are evolving. With 50% of Latin America’s indiegnous populations now living in urban areas, and Latin America generally experiencing rapid economic and technological development, questions arise as to how indigenous people in the region should be fully integrated in the context of the 21st century. What makes a successful pairing of equal opportunities, and preservation and protection of indigenous cultural identity? It’s your job to navigate this line through a mindful lens and find a way to shatter that glass ceiling.


Position Papers

All delegates in General Assembly committees are required to write and submit a position paper one week prior to AmeriMUNC VII. This position paper should be a broad overview of your country's formal stance on the topic being discussed in committee. The position paper should also give a description of actions taken by your country to address the committee topic, and how you plan to respond to this topic in committee. 

The deadline for all position paper submissions will be Friday, January 25th, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. Position papers should be submitted via a portal that will become available in early January. General Assembly chairs will take the quality of position papers into account when deciding awards.

Rachel Pederson
Director General

Rachel is a rising junior studying International Relations with a focus on Environmental Studies and French at American University. She is originally from Edina, Minnesota where she was very active on her high school’s Model UN team. She is a new member of the Lambda Eta chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority, a swim instructor for kids and dog walker. Outside of school and work, Rachel loves talking about sharks, Minnesota, Kevin Durant and music. She served as a Crisis Analyst for the French Cabinet for AmeriMUNC V, Director of Simulations for WIRC VI and Crisis Director for the Philippines National Police during AmeriMUNC VI. She is beyond excited to be serving on this years Secretariat and cannot wait for February.

Jack Quinn
Simulation Director

Jack is a rising junior in the American University School of Public Affairs pursuing a major in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG). He is from the city of Chicago, Illinois, where he participated in Model UN throughout high school, including two years as a head delegate. Jack is currently a member of the AU Model United Nations team and is looking forward to serving as Simulation Director for the second year in a row. In his free time, Jack enjoys studying history, following Chicago sports teams, and watching Game of Thrones seasons on repeat. Jack is excited for an amazing conference and is looking forward to welcoming delegates to AmeriMUNC VII!