In the Constitution Ballroom of the Sheraton Boston Hotel, delegates from the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) are busy discussing mental health in crisis zones. As one of the biggest committees at this year’s conference, SOCHUM is jam-packed with intellectual thinkers and problem solvers who can recognize the need for an internationally agreed-upon definition of mental health.
With several resolutions currently in circulation, a few delegates started to notice a trend: the sophisticated words and ideas proposed in a resolution can be unclear. In order to combat this issue, the delegates from Sri Lanka, India, Senegal, Papua New Guinea, Uruguay and Uzbekistan decided to meet in the hallway to reconfigure their resolution in a format that can be more widely understood, therefore fostering more productive discussion.
“We are not adding or changing anything right now,” added the delegate from Sri Lanka. “. . . we are just going through and eliminating unnecessary abbreviations and translating our ideas into simpler terms.”