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Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)

The Disarmament and International Security committee is the First Committee of the United Nations. It tries to solve international problems regarding disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the safety, security and stability of the world. This means that this committee is, within the limits set by the Charter, entitled to discuss anything that is related to ensuring international peace and promoting cooperation between states.

Chairs: Luuk Buunk and Maria Theresa

Chair Report 1: Military Use of Drones

Chair Report 2: The Financing of Terrorist Organizations

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Military Use of Drones

Unmanned systems technologies (drones) present new and complex opportunities and challenges regarding to their use, especially in the military context. Nowadays, more and more countries are likely to use the remote-controlled airborne weapons, which can act with lethal force almost simultaneously with detection of targets. Thus, a world where these weapons are used without a proper international regulation is a less secure world. For example, in January 2015, the United States Government acknowledged the accidental killing of four individuals in counter-terrorism operations conducted in the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan involving the use of drones. These instances and conflicts have resulted in increasing tension between countries and thereby a solution needs to be found for this problem.


The Financing of Terrorist Organizations

In order to prevent all types of extremism that leads to violence, the financing of these groups needs to be tracked. Donations were once the largest source of terrorist funding, mostly coming from charities and wealthy individuals. For years, individuals and charities based in Saudi Arabia were the most important source of funds for al-Qaeda. Thus, it is important to enhance international regulations for donations related to extremist groups. When working on enhancing international regulations, countries will have to sign treaties, work together and be held responsible in order to stop and prevent financing to terrorist groups, especially from donations.