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UN Committed to Finish Colonization by ipinfo2
March 24, 2009, 10:59 am
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The United Nations must step up its decolonization efforts, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said early this month, calling for greater cooperation between the 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories still remaining and their administering countries.
Most remaining colonies are located in the Caribbean and include Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Gibraltar, Montserrat, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Anguilla which are all administered by the United Kingdom; United States Virgin Islands are administered by the United States. The other locations are Western Sahara, American Samoa (United States), Guam (US), New Caledonia (France), Pitcairn (UK) and Tokelau (New Zealand).
At the time of the UN’s establishment in 1945, 750 million people – almost one-third of the global population – lived in non-self-governing territories, compared to fewer than 2 million today.
“The United Nations can look back with a great sense of accomplishment at what has been achieved in the field of decolonization since the Organization’s founding,” Mr. Ban said during an address at the start of this year’s session of the body known as the “Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Granting of the Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.”
He told the body, also known as the Special Committee of 24, to continue its support of the “legitimate aspirations of the people of Non-Self-Governing Territories so they can exercise their right to self-determination.”
But the Secretary-General also stressed the importance of cooperation between administering Powers and the Territories in promoting decolonization.
“Under the [UN] Charter, the administering Powers have a special obligation to bring the territories under their administration to an appropriate level of self-government,” he added.

Sources: United Nations and UN News Centre

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