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The Fourth Committee: Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL)

Directors: Jackie Berger, Colleen Hillard
Assistant Director: Rohan Kanuru


Topic 1: Privatization of Space
Topic 2: 
Kurdistan


Background Guide coming soon!

Welcoming Words from Director Berger:

Hi Delegates!

My name is Jackie Berger, and I’m so excited to be one of the co-directors of this year’s SPECPOL. Colleen and I will be working together along with the rest of our dais to ensure an excellent upcoming conference!

I’m a sophomore at the College of LSA where I’m concentrating in Political Science and History. I’m originally from the Michigan area and grew up in West Bloomfield. My sophomore year of high school I joined my school’s Model U.N. team and discovered a new passion of learning about foreign affairs. I’ve been doing Model U.N. ever since then, and I have been fortunate enough to be able to continue my passion when I started 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 the Fourth Committee now covers a wide range of subjects. SPECPOL deals with a variety of topics ranging from monitoring outer space laws and 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 at our email addresses provided, and we will be more than happy to help. 

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

Jackie Berger

Co-Director of SPECPOL

jxberger@umich.edu  

Welcoming Words from Director Hillard:

Hello delegates!

My name is Colleen, and I am one of the two directors of this year’s SPECPOL committee. On behalf of the SPECPOL dais, welcome to MUNUM 31!

Surely you’re dying to know my life story, but I’ll just share a few relevant details. I’m a sophomore in the College of Engineering, studying Industrial and Operations Engineering. I’m 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 29!), I absolutely loved it and knew I wanted to stay involved in it some capacity when I moved on to college. For MUNUM 30 last year, I was a rapporteur in SOCHUM.

The other co-director, assistant director, and yours truly 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 of SPECPOL 

collehil@umich.edu