The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee (SOCHUM) is the third General Assembly of the United Nations, tasked with a broad mandate surrounding social, humanitarian and human rights issues from around the world. To delineate a general idea of the committee, some issues discussed within SOCHUM include but are not limited to: human rights, global literacy, women’s rights, children’s rights, the treatment of refugees and displaced persons, international drug control, crime prevention, and the elimination of racism and discrimination. SOCHUM also works closely with many other UN bodies in order to effectually address its mandated issues.
The agenda for SOCHUM at Pune World Summit 2016 is as follows:
Preserving Cultures and Lifestyles of Tribal Peoples in South East Asia
As development and globalization have become the norm of the day across the world, there continue to be some communities of people across the world that prefer to live in isolation and practise their traditional and ancient ways of living. Most notably, South East Asia has among the largest number of tribal communities in the world who continue to live life just the way they did thousands of years back. However, most of them are slowly and steadily facing extinction owing to deforestation, industrial development among various other reasons. It is the duty of the SOCHUM at Pune World Summit 2016 to take necessary steps to prevent the death of their cultures and lifestyles.