United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee

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The United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee (also known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee or SPECPOL) is one of six main committees of the United Nations General Assembly. Membership is open to all UN members.

When the system of main committees was created, the Fourth Committee was responsible for trusteeship and decolonization-related matters. After the dismantling of the trusteeship system — resulting from independence being granted to all the trust territories and the sharp reduction in the number of non-self-governing territories — the Fourth Committee's workload decreased. Consequently, the Fourth Committee was merged with the Special Political Committee, which had been created as a seventh committee of the whole to deal with certain political issues after the General Assembly found that the First Committee (originally the Political and Security Committee) was too busy.

The Fourth Committee deals with decolonization, Israeli–Palestinian peace process, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, peacekeeping and special political missions, mine action, outer space, public information, atomic radiation, and the University for Peace.[1]


Rafael Darió Ramírez Carreño  Venezuela Chairperson
Yasser Halfouni  Morocco Vice-Chair
Ceren Hande Őzgür  Turkey Vice-Chair
Ahmed Abdelrahman Ahmed Almahmoud  United Arab Emirates Vice-Chair
Angel Angelov  Bulgaria Rapporteur

See also


  1. ^ General Assembly of the United Nations—Special Political and Decolonization Retrieved 2011-08-11.
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