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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The 2023 regional seminar is scheduled to take place in Indonesia on 24-26 May.
The Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24) held its 2023 opening session on 16 February 2023.
The General Assembly adopted 21 resolutions and one decision on 12 December 2022.
The Fourth Committee adopted a total of 21 resolutions and one decision on decolonization during the General Assembly’s 77th session.
The C-24 concluded its 2022 session and adopted 22 draft resolutions without a vote.
The 2022 Pacific Regional Seminar was held in Saint Lucia from 11-13 May 2022.
The Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (2021-2030) was declared by the General Assembly.
Women in the Territories: Highlights
- Aumua Amata is the first woman delegate from American Samoa to the US House of Representatives (2015-present).
- For the first time in French Polynesia, in 2020, women's average pay equaled that of men.
- Thanks to the request of the Fatupaepae (women's community group) in Tokelau, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines were provided in 2022.
- In 2021, the first Olympic gold medal was won for Bermuda by Flora Duffy in the women's triathlon.
In the Spotlight
“Our work will continue as long as there remain Non-Self-Governing Territories on the list under the Committee’s purview.”
16 February 2023
“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