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Katie K. 

During day 1, delegates of SOCHUM explored possible solutions to disease control around the world. Some of these solutions included teaching classes on health preventage, and getting citizens and the unemployed to help participate in building healthcare infrastructures . Some of the solutions were shared with other countries, to discuss whether the solution could be a possible global solution. 


On day 2, the solutions to the problems proposed by different delegates were merged into resolutions to be debated against, ending by voting to determine whether the amendment would be passed. One of the solutions, of Creating classes after school taught by a funded NGO and society of healthcare and SHEA to educate the danger of being infected as well as what to do and stay safe when infected, was debated over. Countries like Portugal and Spain thought that nurses weren’t trained enough in education to teach the classes, while Iceland defended that they can teach things such as health because they were trained to. In the end, the solution was passed.


TASMUN was a good experience for many of the members to meet new people from different schools. The delegate representing France stated that it was “nice to know more people in mun.” All the communities had delegates not only representing different countries, but also coming from different schools. During conferences, many of the delegates shared their ideas, and were surprised when they realized that they shared many of the same views on the solutions to the problems. “[I] was surprised when [I] found out that there were many people with similar ideas,” she said. 


Overall, this year's SOCHUM I was a success to most delegates. There were many interesting debates, and useful solutions that were sparked during the conference. There was also a great outcome from this year, many delegates not only made new friends, but also learned a lot from their topic. We hope that next year's TASMUN can also be as successful as this year’s.

In this year’s conference, the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian (SOCHUM) committee’s delegates had various points of views on the question of human trafficking in the modern world. Even with 18 delegates and three chairs present in the conference, the room was laser focused on the instructions as the chairs gave reminders about the conference and how delegates should react to certain situations. 


After they all got settled, they moved on to their opening speeches. The delegates’ opening speeches were informative and well rehearsed, despite being reminded several times by the deputy chairs to not engage in direct conversation with fellow delegates. Their speeches touched on different topics and views, such as how certain countries are well equipped to face this challenge with their national strategies and forces, while other countries stated that international cooperation was the answer.  


During lobbying, the preparation and discussion was lively, with friendly chairs giving advice to delegates on their debate speeches. The delegates also helped each other rehearse and revise speeches, all while engaging in casual conversation to get to know each other. They were productive and the environment was pleasant. 


Next, the delegates prepared their resolutions and started debating. They agreed that hosting public international events, posting on social media platforms, putting up posters and bulletins, as well as letting influencers give speeches in public could help raise awareness and action among the international community. They also agreed on encouraging past victims of human trafficking to speak up on social media to gain support. The first resolution on the question of human trafficking passed.


On the second day, the debate speeches were concise and amendments were made. A couple of delegates were encouraged to speak up and deliver more speeches and amendments, as they had not done so the day before. The second resolution, which was about disease control during humanitarian emergencies, passed. All the amendments suggested for this resolution also passed. They agreed that using green energy to power desalination plants to provide fresh water for people to drink, investing money in the advancement and distribution of vaccines, and asking the government to communicate transparently with the public frequently about the dangers of sickness could help them regulate breakouts in their nations.


Overall, this year’s discussion for the SOCHUM committee in TASMUN was successful, with all delegates participating by speaking out and contributing their points of view. All the students involved had fun, were hardworking, and achieved their established goals.

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