United Nations General Assembly First Committee (DISEC)

The First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) deals with disarmament and related international security issues.

This Committee meets every year in October for a 4 to 5 week session after the General Assembly General Debate. All 193 member states of the UN can attend. It deals with some of the most important and pressing issues of the day. As the name implies, it deals frequently with weapons and security issues, often Small Arms Proliferation, Nuclear Security, Missile Transfer Technology, Biological Weapons Proliferation, Chemical Weapons Proliferation and often specialized regional topics such as Iran, North Korea or other such conflicted regions.

The agenda for DISEC at Pune World Summit 2016 is as follows:

Demilitarization of the South China Sea

The South China Sea and adjoining islands (man-made and natural) have been a major bone of contention among a huge number of nations in South Asia. With Vietnam and China being among the prime stakeholders in this dispute, the issue also directly involves many other nations like Japan, Philippines and over 6 others to lesser extents. As a result of these disputes, the South China Sea in current times is heavily militarized by various nations including USA and China with tensions continuing to rise. It is the prerogative of the DISEC at Pune World Summit to take necessary steps to prevent this.