United Nations and Decolonization: Past to Present

This animation video, produced in accordance with the mandate for dissemination of information on decolonization, highlights the UN’s path of decolonization since 1945, especially its commitment in eradicating colonialism towards our common future.


Since the birth of the United Nations, more than 80 former colonies comprising some 750 million people have gained independence. At present, 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories (NSGTs) across the globe remain on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories, home to nearly 2 million people. Thus, the process of decolonization is not complete. 

Completing this mandate will require a continuing dialogue among the administering Powers, the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence of Colonial Countries and Peoples (also known as the "Special Committee on Decolonization" or the "C-24") and the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions on decolonization.

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Latest developments

Women in the Territories: Highlights

In the Spotlight

“Our work will continue as long as there remain Non-Self-Governing Territories on the list under the Committee’s purview.”

C-24 Chair Ambassador Menissa Rambally
at the opening session of the C-24
16 February 2023

Secretary-General's message

“Strengthening ties with the Territories deepens understanding of their needs, builds vital momentum, and opens new opportunities for progress.”

Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča
on behalf of the UN Secretary-General 
at the opening session of the C-24
16 February 2023

Fourth Committee session (October 2022)