SPECIAL POLITICAL DECOLONIZATION COMMITTEE
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Topic A: Venezuelan Crisis
Topic B: Reconstruction in Libya

Committee Intro

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 and Reconstruction in Libya with an emphasis on human rights and peacekeeping.

Elena Zhou

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC 35! It is my pleasure to welcome you to a conference that I’m sure will be memorable. Whether you are a new delegate or a veteran of Model UN conferences, my colleagues and I have worked hard to make this conference everything it can be.

My name is Elena Zhou and I am a senior at Penn studying finance, operations, and mathematics. I was born in China, am a Canadian citizen, but call Richmond, Virginia my home - feel free to ask me how this happened! On campus, I’m part of Wharton Council and Penn International Impact Consulting. In our very own International Affairs Association, I travel with our competitive team and served as the Chief of Staff for ILMUNC India, our high school conference in Delhi.

This was an idea I randomly stumbled upon while procrastinating for midterms and I’m really excited to carry it through with the rest of our dais and staffers. As your chair, I want to ensure everyone starts on an equal playing ground and goes into this conference with creativity. I understand that committees of this nature may sometimes be weighed down with technical jargon, but I hope to carry this out as fast-paced as possible! All in all, I’m really looking forward to a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Elena Zhou

Chair, Special Political and Decolonization Committee
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Rachel Liu

Dear Delegates,

I am incredibly excited to welcome you to ILMUNC XXXV! My name is Rachel, and I will be serving as your moderator for SPECPOL. Get ready for a weekend filled with political tension, energizing debate and fun! Your chair Elena and I have worked hard to make sure this committee is one worth looking forward to.

To provide a brief background, I am a member of Penn’s Class of 2020, concentrating in marketing and business analytics at the Wharton School. Born in Taiwan but bred in Hong Kong, I received a British high school education but have an American accent – probably because I watched a lot of Simpsons as a kid. While I have had considerable debate experience back home, I was able to transfer my knowledge and interest of Asian affairs into the MUN platform here in the States ever since I staffed my first UPMUNC Conference. I am now part of the intercollegiate traveling team as a deputy director, having been a part of the circuit for 2 years now. Outside of MUN, I am part of Wharton Asia Exchange and MUSE, Penn’s marketing undergraduate club. In my spare time, I love watching TV shows, (Suits anyone?), Marvel films, exploring Philly restaurants, and hanging out with friends.

I have the utmost belief that being part of this general assembly will stimulate you to not only create innovative solutions to the issues discussed, but also encourage you to see how you can create dynamic speeches and blocs. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you work together to solve the Venezuelan Crisis or reconstruct Libya.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or chair Elena. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Best,

Rachel Liu

Moderator, Special Political and Decolonization Committee
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference