Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Special Political and Decolonization Committee at ILMUNC XXXVI! My name is Bradley Smith, and it is my distinct pleasure to be your chair for what is sure to be four crazy days of spirited debate, clause writing, merging drama, and new friendships. The secretariat and staff have been working tirelessly to make this iteration of ILMUNC the best yet, so I hope that you are as excited for the weekend of January 30th as I am.

To tell you a little about myself, I am a senior at Penn, studying Finance and Management. I was born in Huntington Beach, California. 2020 will mark my 9th and final year as a Model UN delegate, advisor, and chair. ILMUNC XXVI will be my 47th Model UN conference since I joined the activity as a high school freshman back in 2012. Outside of my obsession with all things MUN, I love photography, videography, spending time with my boyfriend, going to SoulCyle, and dancing to K-Pop (with Mahak).

This year, the secretariat and the dais have worked together to select compelling topics for your consideration as the committee’s agenda. Topic A is the international cooperation for the peaceful uses of outer space. Delegates must address a broad range of legal and political issues related to the modern-day territorial and scientific aspects of outer space, and I look forward to hearing your well-researched and creative solutions. Topic B addresses the pressing issue of the continued and escalating conflict of the Palestinian Refugee Crisis. Any resolution passed on this topic will have broader implications for determining the role of governments and international bodies in conflicts of displacement. In addition to reading the background guide, I highly encourage you to conduct your own supplemental research to build novel yet still feasible solutions on a foundation of historical precedent. 

If you have any questions or concerns before conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Under-Secretary General, Sameer Khan, or to Mahak and myself. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you in October! 


Bradley Smith

Chair of SPECPOL
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference


Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Special Political and Decolonization Committee at the 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference. My name is Mahak Sethi, and I am so excited to be serving as your Moderator.

I am currently a junior in the Wharton School of Business, planning to concentrate in Operations, Information, and Decisions and Management. Academically, I also take great interest in political science, art history, and Korean. I love participating on Penn’s Model United Nations Team, Intercol, and have had previous experience moderating for ILMUNC and chairing for UPMUNC, Penn’s conference for college students.  I also had the pleasure of serving as Chief of Staff for ILMUNC-India. Outside of MUN, I love listening to music, watching reruns of “How I Met Your Mother” and “Parks and Rec”, and drinking boba with friends.

I am thrilled to be moderating a committee that deals with such a wide array of political issues. Our first topic, International cooperation for the peaceful uses of outer space, interprets SPECPOL’s powers in a unique way. With the growing number of actors in space, it is essential that a comprehensive solution is employed in order to prevent its militarization.

This committee frequently deals with issues surrounding the Middle East, and this time is no exception with Topic B handling relief for Palestinian refugees. This is a sensitive topic and deals with the broader Israel-Palestine conflict. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East reports through SPECPOL to the General Assembly and supports more than 5 million refugees. The UNRWA has been criticized for perpetuating the status quo and not coming up with a long-term solution to this problem. I hope you find this background guide to be informative. I look forward to seeing how you all address these issues!


Moiz Ali Jehangir

Moderator of UNESCO
The 36th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference