(Special Political and Decolonization Committee)

Agenda Item: Conventions of territorial disputes in Asia

Under-Secretary-General: Ammar Faisal (

Academic Assistant: Derya Kantarcıgil

The Special Political and Decolonization Commission (Fourth Committee) deals with a wide range of political issues, including United Nations special peacekeeping missions such as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (URWA), decolonization-related agenda items, consider international cooperation on the peaceful use of outer space, and the use of science and technology. According to the Charter of the United Nations, SPECPOL is mandated to work on solutions to resolve disputes and problems related to the above subject areas.

A territorial dispute occurs when two or more entities, territories, or countries disagree over land ownership. Territorial disputes occur all over the world and take many forms. Asia, the largest continent with a growing population, has several territorial conflicts. It includes the South China Sea Conflict, the escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, and the disputes over Kashmir’s boundaries. To resolve these disputes, SPECPOL is tasked with reviewing the legal framework and discussing the role of UN missions during these conflicts. SPECPOL aims to redesign critical infrastructure to minimize future territorial disputes.

This committee is suitable for beginner and intermediate delegates.