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The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, also known as the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), focuses on issues dealing with fundamental human rights in the international community.

SOCHUM was founded in 1945 in reaction to the establishment of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR). 

The Third Committee promotes and enforces basic freedoms and ideals meant to be enjoyed by the entire international community such as the right to life,  the expression of cultures, the freedom of political participation, the protection of children’s rights, and the promotion of social development, among many others.

SOCHUM draws its legitimacy from the original UN Charter and its aim is the one of designing peaceful settlements for issues within the large spectrum of social, humanitarian, and cultural complications in the international community.

This body operates through initiating studies encouraging the proposal of recommendations for the promotion of international cooperation and fundamental freedoms for all.

 

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