Fourth Committee: Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL)

Committee Introduction

The Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL) committee, the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly, is tasked with addressing cases of decolonization, human rights, peacekeeping, refugees, atomic radiation, and outer space, among other issues. As such, it is vital for the committee to discuss the crisis in Venezuela with an emphasis on human rights and peacekeeping.


Topic A: Venezuelan Crisis

To call the situation in Venezuela dire is to make a gross understatement. The country’s inflation rate has been higher than 50% since 2014, with the IMF estimating it reaching 2,068.5 percent in 2018. Perhaps, what is most unsettling however, is the lack of food and poor health assistance for its citizens. While the government controls the price of food, the black market plays its influential hand as well, resulting in shortages. Furthermore, the public health system has been badly hit, with hospitals regularly running out of medical supplies. Something drastic needs to happen to pull Venezuela out of the mire.


Topic B: Reconstruction in Libya

7 years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still stagnating in moving forward with its reconstruction process. With a second civil war breaking out in 2014, several military factions control various parts of the country to this day. Questions regarding ownership, legitimacy, inclusion, reconciliation and tribalism still need to be answered.


If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Anushrut Shah at anushsh@seas.upenn.edu

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