United Nations Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL) Director: Sydney Sokolsky
Established in 1949, the United Nations General Assembly Fourth, or Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL), deals with decolonization, refugees, human rights, peacekeeping, mine action, outer space, public information, atomic radiation, and the University for Peace. With the wide range of topics, it is one of the most versatile of the six main General Assemblies. It originally dealt solely with decolonization post World War II, but since 1990 it has taken on the ‘Special Political’ title to add further responsibilities. One of the two topics we will be discussing over the course of the weekend is the consequences of the atomic radiation from the Nuclear Power Plant accident in Fukushima, Japan and how to continue moving forward. The other topic we will be discussing is the right to privacy. It has already been stated in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, but we will be discussing further how it applies to each nation state and how to balance privacy and safety.
Topic 1: Fukushima Nuclear Accident Topic 2: The Right to Privacy
*THIS IS A DUAL DELEGATION COMMITTEE* Delegates participating in a dual delegation committee will be judged according to the strength of the delegates as partners. Both delegates will be expected to be strong speakers. Typically one delegate will be stronger in moderated caucuses and the other through informal debate and author's panel.