Special Political and Decolonization Committee

Chair: Nicholas Schreiber

Committee Topics:

Topic A: Political Polarization and Radicalization

In recent years, political polarization and radicalization has affected many nations across the globe. Exacerbated by conditions such as large economic disparities and populism, this issue threatens to tear apart domestic institutions and spark inter- and intranational conflicts. If left untouched, the issue even threatens the United Nations, among other international cooperation efforts, like the European Union, for example. Even now, the United Nations reports that polarization has contributed to rising global insecurity, leading to the deaths of 61 peacekeepers in 2017. At this conference, SPECPOL will discuss the rise of political polarization and radicalization and how the United Nations can promote international cooperation to ease tensions and otherwise create equitable solutions to the issue.

Topic B: International Cooperation on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Space: the final frontier. Since the first satellite (Sputnik I) in 1957, nations across the globe have built their capabilities for space exploration and research. These capabilities have produced many new space-based technologies and blueprints for future use, such as space mining. However, developing nations have largely been left behind. According to the Outer Space Treaty, entered into force by the United Nations in 1967, “the exploration and use of outer space shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries and shall be the province of all mankind". At this conference, SPECPOL will discuss the various ways that nations can cooperate for peaceful uses of outer space and how nations can work together to formulate a policy that benefits all parties.

 

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