General Assembly 1st Committee

Disarmament and International Security

Topic 1: Addressing the heightened tensions of the Kashmir Valley


Chair:   Deputy: 

Committee Introduction:

 

The Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) Committee is the General Assembly’s First Committee (GA1) and one of the six committees of the United Nations General Assembly. It includes all United Nations Member States, as under the UN Charter, all member states and observer states of the United Nations are part of the First Committee and have an equal vote. Documents devised by the First Committee require a simple majority (51%) to pass and like other General Assembly Committees is not able to authorise armed interventions, impose sanctions or pass binding resolutions.  Like all General Assembly committees the GA1 deals with matters regarding world peace, but focuses on dealing with affairs that threaten to endanger international security and acknowledges all disarmament and international security matters, within the field of the UN Charter. 

 

The First Committee is arguably the most important of the six General Assembly Committees, mainly due to the complex topics being discussed. More than other Committees in the General Assembly, the aim of the DISEC Committee is to present effective solutions, that focus on addressing the nature of the problem to permanently settle the issue. 

 

The first contribution of the GA1 to the United Nations was Resolution 1 regarding the problems raised by the discovery of atomic energy on January 24 1946 which led to the creating of the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (UNAEC).