Welcome to the Special, Political and Declonization Committee at UPMUNC 52! My name is Laura Chu, and it is my pleasure to be your chair for what will surely be an exciting and memorable weekend. Your Secretariat and Staff have been working tirelessly to make this the best UPMUNC yet, so look forward for what’s to come! I am currently a sophomore at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. I’m unsure of what I will be concentrating in, but I am passionate about social entrepreneurship and public policy. I first got involved with Model United Nations in high school, where I competed for four years. I am now a member of Penn’s International Affairs Association as a member of the competitive travel team (Intercol), a member of the ILMUNC Secretariat, and a former crisis staffer for UPMUNC 51. Outside of MUN, I love to explore coffeeshops in Philly, watch corgi butt videos, and spend time with others trying new restaurants in the city. SPECPOL’s role in the United Nations as a committee dealing with human rights renders it one of the most crucial groups in guiding the international community on peaceful conflict resolution. I am very excited to hear your ideas and to see you all collaborate and debate on the issues, but most importantly, I hope you have fun doing so. In the months leading up to the conference, please feel free to reach out to your USG, Anushrut Shah, with any questions or concerns. I can’t wait to see you all in November!
Sincerely, Laura Chu
Welcome to Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the General Assembly at this iteration of UPMUNC! My name is Remi and it is my honor to be your moderator for the duration of this conference. I hope that you will enjoy your time here and that you will leave filled with great memories! The whole dais and secretariat has been working tremendously hard to deliver one of the International Affairs Association’s best conference yet. Let me begin by introducing myself. I am a Junior studying economics and computer science in the College at Penn. I was originally born in France but my parents currently live in Dubai. I’ve been involved with the IAA since I arrived at Penn most recently as COO of UPMUNC 51. I hope that you’ll enjoy the thought provoking topics during committee. I look forward to hearing innovative solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. I have the utmost confidence in your abilities to produce lively debate and discussion. If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to reach out! I can’t wait to meet all of you!
Sincerely, Remi Cordelle
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org