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Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) Page

Welcome to Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) Page!


DISC President and Vice Presidents 2014

Sophia Papaspyropoulou - President

I was born and raised in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. I graduated from Anatolia College, the American High School of Thessaloniki, and currently I am studying law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I have always been intrigued by international law, international politics and foreign affairs and when in 2008 I discovered the magnificent world of MUNs, I knew I had found an activity that I wouldn’t give up easily. Since then I have participated in many MUN conferences both in Greece and abroad, either as a delegate or as a chairperson. All these simulations have enabled me to deal with exciting international issues, improve my negotiating skills and meet extraordinary young people. Apart from MUNs, I have also been involved in debating competitions during my high school years and last year I served as a member of the organizing committee for the 1st Model Greek Parliament. This year, I will have the honor to be the Chair in the GIMUN 2014 Disarmament Committee and thus I am grateful for two reasons: firstly, because I will be part of an exceptional MUN simulation, hosted in the beautiful city of Geneva, and secondly, because I will direct one of the most intriguing and exciting UN committees, DISEC.

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Hélène Pilloud - Vice President





I was born and grew up in the city of Philadelphia, in the United States. Having just completed my Bachelor’s degree in Law at the University of Geneva, I am currently a student at the University of Lausanne for a Master's degree in International and Compared Law. After helping with the organization of last year’s annual conference as an Under Secretary General for Logistics, I am honored to be able to participate in this year’s conference as Vice President in the Disarmament and International Security Commission. I have always been passionate about different cultures as well as international affairs. Also, having the privilege of living in a city such as Geneva has offered me the chance to nurture and develop my passion. My first experience of GIMUN, in the annual conference of 2013, was an amazing and unforgettable one. I therefore am thrilled to be able to participate and acquire more practical skills this year. I feel like GIMUN represents a unique event for young minds to meet, debate and reflect upon current international issues, an opportunity that's worth seizing.

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  • Agenda :


WMD disarmament and non-proliferation have always been two of the primordial goals in the DISEC agenda, especially in the Middle East, where political instability, rivalry and conflict have led to various infringements of human rights and have been posing a great threat for international security. The topic proposed focuses on two extremely current case studies: Syria’s chemicals and Iran’s nuclear program. Concerning the first case study, the UN Security Council has already adopted a resolution (UNSC 2118/2013) commencing the tracking and gradual elimination of Syria’s chemical stockpile, but still there is much to be done in the area of implementing what has now only been declared. As far as the second case study is concerned, Iran may be negotiating with the United States, Britain, Russia, France, Germany and China with regards to its multibillion-dollar nuclear program, however it still maintains multiple atomic facilities. At this point, one can notice the close relation between this topic area and the general theme of the conference, “Access to energy”: through the deliberations in our committee, the delegates will be required to examine the possibility of enabling Iran to maintain its atomic facilities, setting however a strict prerequisite: that the nuclear facilities will only be used for peaceful purposes, such as energy production.


In our day and age we rely on a colossal energy supply to fuel components of our everyday life. Since the 1950s, nuclear power has become a prominent source of energy; there are now 437 operational nuclear power reactors in 31 countries. Ever since September 11th 2001 with the start of the American Global War on Terrorism and the rise of terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda, the potential manipulation of nuclear power by terrorist groups has now become a reality that most states must face.This kind of terrorism, known as ‘nuclear terrorism’ can take different forms, and the debates in the DISEC committees shall reflect on these ramifications.The first ramification to be examined is the risk of attacks on Nuclear Plants or other nuclear-armed submarines and planes. When a country resorts to nuclear power, the sabotage of a nuclear facility and/or the detonation of a radiological device are undeniably existing threats. The acquiring or fabricating of a nuclear weapon is facilitated by the existence of such nuclear facilities adjacent to regions prone to terrorism. The Disarmament and International Security Committee must thus determine if reactors are adequately protected against attack.The second aspect of nuclear terrorism to be discussed is the risk of the use of such weapons and the question of how terrorists get fissile material. Should it be by stealing from plants, by buying them on the black market, or by paying scientists, the DISEC committees must see if it is possible to know if fissile materials were stolen and if nuclear weapons are vulnerable to theft. 
  • Countries :
  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Netherlands
  • North Korea (DPRK)
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Sweden
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • Ukraine
  • United states of America
  • Venezuela


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