COMMITTEES

Special Political and Decolonization Committee SPECPOL

GROUP: GENERAL ASSEMBLY

usg.ga@munuc.org

  • Topic A: Exploration of Outer Space
  • Topic B: Regulating the Rare Earth Mineral Trade

TOPIC A Exploration of Outer Space

TOPIC B Regulating the Rare Earth Mineral Trade

EXECUTIVES

  • Alex Vinarov
  • Dan Qi
Email Committee Chair

The United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee, otherwise known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, is one of the six main committees of the UN General Assembly. Originally, the committee was created to address sensitive political issues and decolonization-related matters in the second half of the twentieth century. Today, SPECPOL deals with issues ranging from peacekeeping and peaceful uses of outer space, to the Middle East and the effects of atomic radiation. With the ultimate goal of maintaining international peace and security, this GA-formatted committee at MUNUC XXXIV will delve deep into issues that will only grow more pressing in the near future.

Topic A: Exploration of Outer Space
The exploration of outer space is a topic that has captivated humanity for generations. Ever since humans first orbited the Earth and walked on the Moon, scientists have pushed the bounds of technology further to reach farther into the cosmos. In the twenty-first century, there are even more entities involved in space exploration. Both private companies and government agencies are involved in developing new technologies and achieving new exploration feats in our solar system and beyond. In such a crowded environment, it is important to provide structure to preserve outer space as a domain for all. Therefore, delegates will have the opportunity to come up with innovative and comprehensive solutions to the problems that are arising in this topic area.

Topic B: Regulating the Rare Earth Mineral Trade
The rare earth mineral trade is one of vital importance to the functioning of the entire world economy. They are highly valuable raw materials that are entrenched in the development and production of everyday technologies, from rechargeable batteries to computer chips. Yet, while rare earth minerals are universally used, they are currently only found in economically extractable quantities in a few countries scattered across the globe. Furthermore, they are often extracted in ways that negatively impact the environment and human rights. In this committee, delegates will be tasked with ensuring that there will be an affordable, reliable, and sustainable use of these finite resources for years to come.

Committee Members

  •  United States
  •  Afghanistan
  •  Albania
  •  Algeria
  •  Andorra
  •  Angola
  •  Anguilla
  •  Antigua and Barbuda
  •  Argentina
  •  Armenia
  •  Australia
  •  Austria
  •  Azerbaijan
  •  Bahamas
  •  Bahrain
  •  Bangladesh
  •  Barbados
  •  Belarus
  •  Belgium
  •  Belize
  •  Benin
  •  Bhutan
  •  Bolivia, Plurinational State of
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  •  Botswana
  •  Brazil
  •  Brunei Darussalam
  •  Bulgaria
  •  Burkina Faso
  •  Burundi
  •  Cambodia
  •  Cameroon
  •  Canada
  •  Cape Verde
  •  Central African Republic
  •  Chad
  •  Chile
  •  China
  •  Colombia
  •  Comoros
  •  Congo
  •  Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
  •  Costa Rica
  •  Cote d'Ivoire
  •  Croatia
  •  Cuba
  •  Cyprus
  •  Czech Republic
  •  Denmark
  •  Djibouti
  •  Dominica
  •  Dominican Republic
  •  Ecuador
  •  Egypt
  •  El Salvador
  •  Equatorial Guinea
  •  Eritrea
  •  Estonia
  •  Ethiopia
  •  Fiji
  •  Finland
  •  France
  •  Gabon
  •  Gambia
  •  Georgia
  •  Germany
  •  Ghana
  •  Greece
  •  Grenada
  •  Guatemala
  •  Guinea
  •  Guinea-Bissau
  •  Guyana
  •  Haiti
  •  Holy See (Vatican City State)
  •  Honduras
  •  Hungary
  •  Iceland
  •  India
  •  Indonesia
  •  Iran, Islamic Republic of
  •  Iraq
  •  Ireland
  •  Israel
  •  Italy
  •  Jamaica
  •  Japan
  •  Jordan
  •  Kazakhstan
  •  Kenya
  •  Kiribati
  •  Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
  •  Korea, Republic of
  •  Kuwait
  •  Kyrgyzstan
  •  Lao People's Democratic Republic
  •  Latvia
  •  Lebanon
  •  Lesotho
  •  Liberia
  •  Libya
  •  Liechtenstein
  •  Lithuania
  •  Luxembourg
  •  Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of
  •  Madagascar
  •  Malawi
  •  Malaysia
  •  Maldives
  •  Mali
  •  Malta
  •  Marshall Islands
  •  Mauritania
  •  Mauritius
  •  Mexico
  •  Micronesia, Federated States of
  •  Moldova, Republic of
  •  Monaco
  •  Mongolia
  •  Montenegro
  •  Morocco
  •  Mozambique
  •  Myanmar
  •  Namibia
  •  Nauru
  •  Nepal
  •  Netherlands
  •  New Zealand
  •  Nicaragua
  •  Niger
  •  Nigeria
  •  Norway
  •  Oman
  •  Pakistan
  •  Palau
  •  Peru
  •  Panama
  •  Papua New Guinea
  •  Paraguay
  •  Philippines
  •  Poland
  •  Portugal
  •  Qatar
  •  Romania
  •  Russian Federation
  •  Rwanda
  •  Saint Kitts and Nevis
  •  Saint Lucia
  •  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  •  Samoa
  •  San Marino
  •  Sao Tome and Principe
  •  Saudi Arabia
  •  Senegal
  •  Serbia
  •  Seychelles
  •  Sierra Leone
  •  Singapore
  •  Slovakia
  •  Slovenia
  •  Solomon Islands
  •  Somalia
  •  South Africa
  •  South Sudan
  •  Spain
  •  Sri Lanka
  •  Sudan
  •  Suriname
  •  Swaziland
  •  Sweden
  •  Switzerland
  •  Syrian Arab Republic
  •  Tajikistan
  •  Tanzania, United Republic of
  •  Thailand
  •  Timor-Leste
  •  Togo
  •  Tonga
  •  Trinidad and Tobago
  •  Tunisia
  •  Turkey
  •  Turkmenistan
  •  Tuvalu
  •  Uganda
  •  Ukraine
  •  United Arab Emirates
  •  United Kingdom
  •  Uruguay
  •  Uzbekistan
  •  Vanuatu
  •  Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  •  Vietnam
  •  Yemen
  •  Zambia
  •  Zimbabwe
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