Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL)
Chairs: Laetitia Park & Jiwon Son
Topic A: Illicit Pharmaceutical Trade and the Fake Drug Crisis
Every year, illicit drugs and pharmaceutical goods find their way into the hands of over 250 million individuals. Inconsistent policies, insufficient checks on small parcels, and a lack of information on shipments in free trade zones let criminals traffic billions of dollars worth of illicit pharmaceutical goods each year. Although being a prevalent global concern for the last three decades, the international community is yet to agree on a solution to such a pressing issue. Delegates should consider the positions of their countries and present solutions that tackle the matter of illicit pharmaceutical and drug trade, ensuring safe and legitimate international commerce.
Topic B: Forced Relocation of Indigenous People in Southeast Asia
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has, in the past, reprimanded South East Asian member states for abstaining from participating in international human rights debates. Land disputes, specifically the debate of collective land ownership, is currently structured to be in the government’s favor, as indigenous rights have not been fully embraced by South East Asian countries. The Special Political & Decolonization Committee has not developed an international legal framework holding countries accountable for the discrimination of indigenous people and their rights in land possession. Delegates should carefully consider the position of their countries in relation to the Southeast Asian region and propose regulations that can ultimately benefit land ownership policies of all member states.