Published on February 10, 2019
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General Assembly Fourth Committee (SPECPOL)
SPECPOL stands for the Special Political and Decolonization Committee in the United Nations and is more formally known as the General Assembly Fourth Committee. It was originally founded to work towards decolonization, especially of UN trust territories in 1945, which were countries under rule by another country as agreed upon previously by the League of Nations. Today, it now largely focuses on decolonization and the Middle East. Under their umbrella of issues, SPECPOL also annually covers the effects of atomic radiation, questions relating to information, a comprehensive review of the question of peacekeeping operations as well as a review of special political missions, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Report of the Special Committee on Israeli Practices and International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. They meet every year from late September to mid-November, but also briefly in the spring to adopt any resolutions on peacekeeping passed by the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations. SPECPOL is open to all 193 UN member states to attend its meetings as well as outside petitioners like civil society representatives and other stakeholders to address the committee on its decolonization issues. Its subsidiary committees include the Committee on Information, Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34), Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24), Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for State of Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).
Topic A: Promoting Peace Through Regional Bodies
Topic B: Re-Evaluating the UN Support Mission in Libya
Letter from the Chair
Dear Esteemed Delegates:
Welcome to JHUMUNC XXIII! My name is Lance Kotler and I will be both your chair for the Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL) committee. I look forward to working with all of you to resolve humanitarian crises using various diplomatic means or political systems and approaches.
I am a sophomore at Johns Hopkins originally from Ft Lauderdale, Florida, majoring in International Studies and Political Science with Minors in Spanish and Business. On campus, besides JHUMUNC, I am a Tour Guide with the Blue Key Society, staff writer for the Undergraduate Law Review, member of the International Studies Leadership Council, Sea kayaking and hiking instructor for Outdoor Pursuits, player on the Men’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team, and member of the AEPi fraternity.
This is my second year at JHUMUNC, serving as one of the dais members for SPECPOL last year at JHUMUNC XXII (2019). I’ve always been passionate about international affairs and politics, and was competitive nationally in debate all through high school. I was the State Champion for Florida in Policy Debate twice and placed 10th at Nationals also in policy debate.
I wish all of you luck in the process. Please feel free to reach out to me for any questions, comments, or discussions, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. My dais members and I cannot wait to meet you at JHUMUNC XXIII!
Chair, General Assembly Fourth Committee (SPECPOL)