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The Fourth Committee: Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL)


Directors: Jackie Berger, Colleen Hillard

Assistant Director: Rohan Kanuru 

  • Topic A: Privatization of Space
  • Topic B: Kurdistan

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Dear Delegates,

My name is Jackie Berger, and I am incredibly excited to be one of the co-directors of SPECPOL. Colleen and I will be working together, alongside the rest of our dais, to ensure an excellent conference!

I am a sophomore at the College of LSA with a concentration in Political Science and History. I’m originally from the Michigan area and grew up in West Bloomfield. During my sophomore year, I joined my high school’s Model UN team and discovered a new passion for foreign affairs. I have been involved with Model UN since then, and I have been fortunate enough to continue feeding my passion in college. Last year, I worked as a rapporteur for the Historic General Assembly and had a terrific time debating events of the past. 

This year I am excited to be a director for SPECPOL. SPECPOL is the Fourth Committee of the United Nations, and is actually a product of the merger between the Fourth Committee for Decolonization and the former Seventh Committee, which handled special political matters. Following this merger, SPECPOL now covers a wide range of subjects, ranging from managing peacekeeping operations to taking care of Palestinian refugees and supervising decolonization. Due to SPECPOL’s wide agenda, the matters that this committee handles can impact every nation. 

That being said, it is important for each delegate to come to the conference prepared with proper research and goals for the conference. Our intent as chairs is to provide a fun but also educational experience to all delegates. If you come across any questions while researching please feel free to contact either Colleen or me, and we will be more than happy to help. 

Can’t wait to meet all of you at MUNUM,

Jackie Berger

Co-Director, SPECPOL

jxberger@umich.edu  

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Hello delegates!

My name is Colleen, and I am one of the co-directors of SPECPOL at MUNUM XXXI. On behalf of the SPECPOL dais, welcome to MUNUM XXXI!

Surely you’re dying to know my life story, but I’ll just share a few details. I am a sophomore in the College of Engineering, studying Industrial and Operations Engineering, while also pursuing a minor in French. I’m from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and graduated from Forest Hills Central High School. While I was only in Model UN my senior year (and was in SPECPOL at MUNUM XXIX!), I absolutely loved it and knew I wanted to stay involved when I moved on to college. For MUNUM 30 last year, I was a rapporteur in SOCHUM.

The other co-director, assistant director, and I have been working hard since April to prepare this year’s topics for you. Among the many subjects the Special Political and Decolonization Committee deals with is outer space, and we are very excited to discuss the privatization of outer space. While this topic may seem pertinent to a select few nations at first, we hope each delegate will recognize the nuances that allow for a universal relevance. The Fourth Committee also tackles human rights issues; thus delegates will also be discussing Kurdistan, a region in the Middle East inhabited by what some call the largest stateless ethnic group in the world.

I hope new delegates and old pros alike will gain valuable global knowledge in their research and discussion of these topics. It is imperative to explore these topics thoroughly so you may come to committee prepared for an exciting three days of debate. It is imperative also, of course, to have fun and learn! If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to email Jackie or I.

See you in January!

Colleen Hillard 

Co-Director, SPECPOL 

collehil@umich.edu