By virtue of it being inspired by the Fourth Committee of the United Nations’ General Assembly, the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (SPECPOL), the Political Committee is the only BRAMUN committee to simulate what is arguably the most relevant and widely-known body of the United Nations. Throughout SPECPOL’s history, it has led the decolonisation of most of the world, entering the 21st century in which very few territories are recognised as non-self-governing (as of 2019, there are 17 such territories) despite, at the time of the United Nations’ foundation, there being over 100 such territories. Today, the committee also focuses on a number of diverse issues stemming from its reporting bodies, which include the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, and several others. The conference’s Political Committee, however, has the added benefit of not being a direct simulation of the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee and therefore has the flexibility to discuss anything within the massive range of topics discussed by the General Assembly. As such, it can deal with some truly generation-defining issues.
In BRAMUN, the Political Committee will discuss reform to the United Nations Security Council and the legality of extraction of materials from outer space. The dais of the Political Committee is excited to see the debate that will stem from the controversial issues discussed. To be successful in this committee, delegates must be prepared to provide real meaningful proposals and to defend them through high-quality public speaking.
Proposing reform to the United Nations Security Council
The legality of extraction of materials from outer space
Maria Carolina Light
Maria Luísa Montenegro