Special Political and Decolonization Committee

Committee Description

Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly

The Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL) is a committee that deals with a variety of issues including but not limited to decolonization, peacekeeping, human rights, outer space, and atomic radiation.

When the fourth committee was first created, it was designed to regulate the trusteeship system, handle decolonization issues, and deal with other security issues that the first committee, wasn’t able to handle; however, after the dismantling of the trusteeship system, the committee merged with the Special Political committee to create what we now know as SPECPOL. Although SPECPOL’s resolutions aren’t binding, the committee still plays an influential role in the international sphere, as the opinions and views of the committees are always representative of a majority of countries.

SPECPOL is a beginner committee. Delegates of any skill level with interest may apply to this committee.

Please submit all position papers and inquiries relating to SPECPOL to [email protected].

Topics | Backgrounders

Topic A: The Ukrainian Crisis - Russia's Reemergence as a Great Power (View Backgrounder)

Topic B: The Sovereignty of Nations in the 21st Century: Redefining the Nation State (View Backgrounder)


Jason Qu
​Jason has been involved with Model UN since his grade 6 years. In his last year as a grade 12 student at St. George’s School, Jason is honoured to serve as Director of the SPECPOL Committee, an experience that will be both bittersweet but memorable. Outside of MUN, Jason dabbles in debate, entrepreneurialism, and physics. He is a great car enthusiast and a cyclist, and is a self-diagnosed insomniac, working both late at night and early in the morning on school work and other pursuits. Proud and honoured to be serving as a staff member in his final year of high-school and MUN, CAIMUN 2017 is an experience Jason will not soon forget.

Alexis Han
Alexis is a junior at Sentinel Secondary School, and is extremely thrilled to be chairing SPECPOL along with Ryan. Since Grade 9, Alexis has become an intense MUNner and is interested in socio political issues—specifically, issues regarding the lives of social minorities and how to help them. Accordingly, she has been actively involved with Kindlers Society—she’s willing to talk more on this—and believes that passionate youth involvement can make a change in today’s world. In her free time, she can be found singing—she sings almost 3 hours each day—, reading, or eating food; eating is a life passion for her. Alexis believes that a MUN conference has to be fun, heart-racing, as well as productive, and is hoping to create such an environment for SPECPOL of CAIMUN 2017!

Ryan Karimi
Ryan is a Grade 12 student at St. George’s School, and has been participating in MUN since Grade 9. His personal favourite MUN moments include preventing nuclear meltdowns in IAEA and brinkmanship and espionage in CSIS. He participates in student government and is an avid member and co-founder of his school’s chess club (though he tries to hide that he has been beat by every member of the club at least twice). Outside of school, he is volunteering with the local Red Cross, and playing guitar. He also loves the outdoors and sports his signature bucket hat while hiking, kayaking, and camping in scenic Vancouver. He is thrilled to be serving as the chair of SOCHUM, and looks forward to a fantastic CAIMUN 2017.