DISARMAMENT AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEE (DISEC)
The First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime.
It considers all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any other organ of the United Nations; the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments; promotion of cooperative arrangements and measures aimed at strengthening stability through lower levels of armaments.
The Committee works in close cooperation with the United Nations Disarmament Commission and the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament. It is the only Main Committee of the General Assembly entitled to verbatim records coverage.
PREVENTING THE USE OF IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES
There has been a dramatic rise in civilian casualties from improvised explosive devices IEDs over the past few years. This term has become synonymous with the current bombings in countries such as Iraq, Afganistan or Syria, even though these devices have been used for many decades now. These attacks will most likely continue with greater frequency and success throughout the world unless mitigating measures are taken. The threat of IEDs is a challenging and multi-layered problem, considering the fact that these “homemade” bombs are improvised, they can come in many forms & sizes and can be easily hidden or transported, taking lives of innocent victims worldwide.