Commission for Social Development

May 25, 2017

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Meet Your Chair

Chair: Decklan Cerza

Dear Delegates,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Commission for Social Development committee at ILMUNC Perú II! My name is Decklan Cerza, and I am more than excited to be your Chair for the duration of the weekend! The secretariat and staff have been working hard to put together a phenomenal conference, so I hope you are all ready for the best experience of your young lives!

To introduce myself, I am a senior studying Bioengineering and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. I am originally from Dallas, Pennsylvania, where I lived the entirety of my childhood until making the long-awaited transition to city life for college. Before joining the International Affairs Association (IAA) at Penn, I had little knowledge of Model United Nations. My original involvement in the IAA was through the Special Events branch, for which I planned all the social functions of the club; but after staffing our domestic conferences for 3 years, I started to appreciate Model UN and international relations a lot more. This year, I am the Vice President of the IAA in addition to being your chair for ILMUNC Perú.

The entire staff and I have made a great effort to develop innovative and stimulating topics to encourage a weekend of thought-provoking debate. We will be discussing some of the most important issues relating to world-wide social development, from promoting rights of the disabled to providing potable water in developing nations. Through teamwork, diplomacy, and rewarding debate, I am confident that you all will be able to find the best possible solutions to these issues.

If you have any questions about this committee or ILMUNC Perú in general, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of the secretariat. I look forward to seeing you all in November!


Decklan Cerza
Chair, Commission for Social Development



Committee Topics

Topic A: Potable Water in Developing Nations

The Commission for Social Development is charged with a number of Sustainable Development Goals, one of which aims to provide clean, sustainable water sources to all parts of the world. Although these goals were established in 2000 and renewed in 2015, there are still several countries, primarily in the eastern hemisphere, that are far away from their targets. In these developing nations, the lack of potable water is continuously causing severe consequences to overall social welfare. Schools, homes, and hospitals lack access to safe water and proper sanitation equipment, resulting in a much higher incidence of water-related diseases. While there is an abundance of innovative technology around the world that makes water easy to sanitize and transport, implementing that technology in developing nations that lack infrastructure is very difficult. In order to solve these issues, delegates must figure out how to apply existing technologies into these countries and/or build upon current technologies with suggestions of their own ideas.

Topic B: Promoting Rights of the Disabled

Another major concern that CSocD aims to improve is equal rights for disabled people throughout the world. Not only does marginalization of the disabled contradict universal human rights policies, but also it impedes personal growth for nearly one billion human beings, which is both inequitable and impractical. Some of the areas where disabled people encounter the largest issues are participation and inclusion in society, employment, welfare and social security, access to services, education, housing, and more. Additionally, disabled people often suffer from a lower socioeconomic status, social isolation, and abuse. Currently, different parts of the world define disabilities in unique ways, and the first step in promoting rights for these people is forming an international standard to measure disability. The committee must then develop a solution to close the socioeconomic gap between the disabled and nondisabled, tackle the issue of community perception, and clearly outline the government’s role in ensuring rights for the disabled. By tackling these physical, organizational, and attitudinal barriers, the UN will be able to guarantee equal human rights for the disabled.