General Assembly Fourth Committee
Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL)
The Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly, otherwise known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL), was established with the purpose of addressing political issues such as postcolonial development, border disputes, UN peacekeepers, and self-determination. SPECPOL covers a wide variety of topics, and thus has one of the larger jurisdictions of the General Assembly Committees. From neocolonialism to cyber security to refugees, this committee helps ensure the wellbeing and progress of all states on a variety of unique and important political issues in the international community. As a part of the United Nations, the ultimate goal of SPECPOL is to maintain international peace and security and work towards establishing fair and just international law. Our task as a committee is to create comprehensive and well-researched solutions in order to alleviate multitudinous issues and provide a framework for dealing with future situations.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: Migration in the Mediterranean
Topic B: The Question of KurdistanAvailable November 30, 2018
Letter from the Chair
Welcome to SPECPOL! My name is Lori Baxter and I will be your chair for the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly here at JHUMUNC. I’m honored and excited to work with all of you during this conference and I hope you have an educational and, most importantly, fun experience.
I am a rising sophomore here at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Applied Math and Statistics and Political Science. I am originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee but spent much of my childhood in the Baltimore City metropolitan area. On campus, I’m a member of the Hopkins Organization for Student Programming and plan exciting events for other students through their programs. In my free time, I enjoy playing violin, salsa dancing (albeit poorly), and venturing to every dog park within walking distance. This will be my second year as a member of JHUMUNC and my sixth year participating in MUN as a whole, including time spent as a delegate in high school. MUN has always been one of my favorite activities, and has given me opportunities to travel all across the south and even a few times to the United Nations itself. Whether it’s your first or last MUN conference, I hope here at JHUMUNC you all have a fun and rewarding experience.
Because of the relevance and decisiveness of these issues, it is of the utmost importance that you clarify and correctly represent your country’s position. Thorough research is expected, and your resolutions will be based off of your prior and accurate knowledge of the subject. It would also benefit you to understand the goals and jurisdiction of SPECPOL and of the United Nations as a whole. Our committee aims to facilitate civil, productive, and well-informed debate, so effective preparation is a necessity.
That being said, if you have any question, concerns, comments etc., please don’t hesitate to contact me. I hope each one of you will come to JHUMUNC well-equipped to engage in meaningful debate with your peers and leave the conference having learned more about the United Nations, made new friends, and crafted legitimate solutions to these issues.
I can’t wait to see all of you in February! Until then, good luck with writing papers and again, feel free to contact me with any questions!
Chair, General Assembly Fourth Committee
JHUMUNC Session XXII