United Nations Fourth Committee

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"Special Political and Decolonization Committee" redirects here. For other uses, see Special Committee on Decolonization.

The United Nations Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly (also known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee) is one of six committees of the United Nations (consisting of all UN members). After the dismantling of the trusteeship system resulting from independence being granted to all the trust territories, and the now-limited number of non-self-governing territories, that jurisdiction is insufficient to keep the committee occupied. Consequently, it 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 (Disarmament and Political) was too busy). The Fourth Committee deals with decolonization, Palestinian refugees and human rights, peacekeeping, mine action, outer space, public information, atomic radiation and the University for Peace.[1]


The Fourth Committee has been criticized by some organizations, most notably UN Watch, for focusing too much on Israel and for being biased against Israel.[2]


  1. ^ General Assembly of the United Nations—Special Political and Decolonization Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014.