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Decolonisation Special Committee of the UN, C 24 Monday, 16 June 2014
Decolonisation Special Committee of the UN, C 24 Monday, 16 June 2014
Published: 2014/06/17
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2017 Special Committee 24 address to the United Nations
2017 Special Committee 24 address to the United Nations
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Organization for Culture of Hispanic Origins OCHO
H.E.Dr. Bashar Jaafari on behalf of the Special Committee on Decolonization
H.E.Dr. Bashar Jaafari on behalf of the Special Committee on Decolonization
Published: 2017/10/03
Channel: The Syrian mission To The United Nations
Cocktail Reception for the UN Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24) Caribbean Regional Seminar
Cocktail Reception for the UN Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24) Caribbean Regional Seminar
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: Agency for Public Information SVG
United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation Hearing Regarding Puerto Rico (English)
United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation Hearing Regarding Puerto Rico (English)
Published: 2016/06/27
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HNMUN 2014 - Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL) - Theo Levine
HNMUN 2014 - Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL) - Theo Levine
Published: 2013/11/20
Channel: Harvard NMUN
Guam against Trump and U.S. over North Korea and Colonialism. United Nations, 3 Oct.
Guam against Trump and U.S. over North Korea and Colonialism. United Nations, 3 Oct.
Published: 2017/10/06
Channel: Secundus Silent
On how the U.S. colonialists destroys Guam. United Nations, 3 Oct.
On how the U.S. colonialists destroys Guam. United Nations, 3 Oct.
Published: 2017/10/06
Channel: Secundus Silent
2016 06 20 01 UN Decolonization Committee, Puerto Rico Case MORNING Session
2016 06 20 01 UN Decolonization Committee, Puerto Rico Case MORNING Session
Published: 2016/06/20
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New York Professor on Decolonization of Guam. United Nations, 4 Oct
New York Professor on Decolonization of Guam. United Nations, 4 Oct
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Secundus Silent
Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) - Promo video
Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) - Promo video
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: United Nations
Falkland Islander Sharon Halford
Falkland Islander Sharon Halford's statement to the UN Decolonisation Committee
Published: 2013/06/22
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A UN committee discuss Puerto Rico decolonization
A UN committee discuss Puerto Rico decolonization
Published: 2011/06/20
Channel: TeleSUR English
Falkland Islander Mike Summers
Falkland Islander Mike Summers's statement to the UN Decolonisation Committee
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: Medea's Biggest Fan
2016 06 20 02 UN Decolonization Committee, Puerto Rico Case AFTERNOON Session
2016 06 20 02 UN Decolonization Committee, Puerto Rico Case AFTERNOON Session
Published: 2016/06/21
Channel: elizallenza
Cristina Fernández at the U.N. Decolonisation Committee
Cristina Fernández at the U.N. Decolonisation Committee
Published: 2012/06/14
Channel: TeleSUR English
Meet The Dais - Fourth Committee: Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL)
Meet The Dais - Fourth Committee: Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL)
Published: 2017/11/06
Channel: UPMUNC Video Channel
Bs As - UN Special Committee on Decolonization calls Argentina and UK over Malvinas
Bs As - UN Special Committee on Decolonization calls Argentina and UK over Malvinas
Published: 2012/07/06
Channel: Manoel Giffoni
Interview with Chuck Schmitt, Moderator of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee
Interview with Chuck Schmitt, Moderator of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee
Published: 2012/11/22
Channel: ILMUNC Video Channel
United Nations, Committee on Decolonization. Speech by Favio Ramirez-Caminatti
United Nations, Committee on Decolonization. Speech by Favio Ramirez-Caminatti
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: Favio Ramirez-Caminatti
Severe Weather Outbreak: Pay Attention if You Want to Understand
Severe Weather Outbreak: Pay Attention if You Want to Understand
Published: 2011/05/22
Channel: Attention101
Which Countries Still Have Colonies?
Which Countries Still Have Colonies?
Published: 2015/07/04
Channel: NowThis World
UN C24 SPECIAL - FULL SESSION
UN C24 SPECIAL - FULL SESSION
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: GBC News
Special Political and Decolonization Committee - HMUN 2014
Special Political and Decolonization Committee - HMUN 2014
Published: 2014/01/07
Channel: Press Corps - Harvard Model United Nations
Malpi MUN - Special political & decolonization committee
Malpi MUN - Special political & decolonization committee
Published: 2017/10/25
Channel: Yakub Rai
New Caledonia awaits decolonisation
New Caledonia awaits decolonisation
Published: 2010/05/18
Channel: Al Jazeera English
UN Elects Syria to Leadership Post on Decolonization Committee
UN Elects Syria to Leadership Post on Decolonization Committee
Published: 2016/02/27
Channel: unwatch
Argentina on the UK occupation of the Malvinas [Falklands]. United Nations, 2 Oct
Argentina on the UK occupation of the Malvinas [Falklands]. United Nations, 2 Oct
Published: 2017/10/03
Channel: Secundus Silent
Governor Calvo Addresses United Nations Fourth Committee - October 3, 2017
Governor Calvo Addresses United Nations Fourth Committee - October 3, 2017
Published: 2017/10/10
Channel: Eddie Calvo
Decolonization commission chief will present to UN
Decolonization commission chief will present to UN
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: kuamnews
Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiates UN Special Committee on Decolonisation Meeting.
Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiates UN Special Committee on Decolonisation Meeting.
Published: 2014/05/21
Channel: FijianGovernment
Gibraltar addresses the UN
Gibraltar addresses the UN's Committee of 24
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: gemini48
Statement by Mr. Shaha to the UN General Assembly on decolonization - 1960
Statement by Mr. Shaha to the UN General Assembly on decolonization - 1960
Published: 2013/06/14
Channel: UN Audiovisual Library
WSRW Petition to UN GA Committee for Special Political and Decolonization (IV)
WSRW Petition to UN GA Committee for Special Political and Decolonization (IV)
Published: 2010/10/17
Channel: stoptheplundering
Algeria on Decolonization and Western Sahara. United Nations, 10 Oct.
Algeria on Decolonization and Western Sahara. United Nations, 10 Oct.
Published: 2016/10/12
Channel: Secundus Silent
UN Decolonization Committee on Falkland Islands sovereignty
UN Decolonization Committee on Falkland Islands sovereignty
Published: 2011/06/22
Channel: TeleSUR English
Anthony Mele Testimony to United Nations Decolonization Committee - Puerto Rico 6.15.09
Anthony Mele Testimony to United Nations Decolonization Committee - Puerto Rico 6.15.09
Published: 2009/06/16
Channel: Anthony Mele
Viewpoint -  Decolonisation & the UN - Thursday 18th June 2015
Viewpoint - Decolonisation & the UN - Thursday 18th June 2015
Published: 2015/06/17
Channel: GBC News
Territories NOT YET DECOLONIZED
Territories NOT YET DECOLONIZED
Published: 2016/05/03
Channel: PepinoHistory
"Cordial encounter": Chief Minister meets with Chairman of UN Decolonisation Committee
"Cordial encounter": Chief Minister meets with Chairman of UN Decolonisation Committee
Published: 2015/07/14
Channel: GBC News
4th Special Political & Decolonization - Audrey Taylor
4th Special Political & Decolonization - Audrey Taylor
Published: 2013/12/02
Channel: BerkeleyMUN
"I Am Not Your Enemy" -Governor Eddie Calvo To Decolonization Committee
"I Am Not Your Enemy" -Governor Eddie Calvo To Decolonization Committee
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: pncnews
Statement made by Amb. Rafael Ramirez, Chair of the UN C-24 re Benny Wenda
Statement made by Amb. Rafael Ramirez, Chair of the UN C-24 re Benny Wenda's hoax
Published: 2017/09/28
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Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: Defense Forum Foundation
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Published: 2011/04/15
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The 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly
The 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly
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Published: 2015/10/11
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Westminster Student Presents at United Nations General Assembly
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Published: 2013/10/17
Channel: Westminster College
Joe Bossano Interview Committee of 24
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Published: 2016/06/07
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Current members of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization
  Members in 2009
  Observers in 2009

The Special Committee on Decolonization (its full official title being the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples; also known as the U.N. Special Committee of the 24 on Decolonization, the Committee of 24, or simply, the Decolonization Committee) was created in 1961 by the General Assembly of the United Nations with the purpose of monitoring implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples and to make recommendations on its application.[1] The committee is also a successor to the former Committee on Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories, with which it was merged in 1963. The full official name of the Special Committee is "Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples".

Hoping to speed the progress of decolonization, the General Assembly had adopted in 1960 the Resolution 1514, also known as the "Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples" or simply "Declaration on Decolonization". It stated that all people have a right to self-determination and proclaimed that colonialism should be brought to a speedy and unconditional end.[2]

Subsequently, in 1990, the General Assembly proclaimed 1990–2000 as the International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism and adopted a concrete Plan of Action to further its principles and relevant International Law on that matter. In 2001, the United Nations proceeded to proclaim the Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism.[3] In 2011 - the International Year for People of African Descent[4] - the 2011-2020 Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism[5] was declared.

In the time since the UN was established in 1945 around 750 million people – roughly one in three people – lived non-self-governing territories. This has since reduced to under 2 million people.[6]

As of 2016, several of the territories on the list have rejected independence (or any other change of status) through referendums, such as Gibraltar in 2002[7] and the Falkland Islands in 2013.[8] Likewise in 2013 the elected Assembly of French Polynesia objected to that territory's inclusion on the list.[9] There is also controversy surrounding the viability of several of the listed territories as independent nations, such as Pitcairn, which had a population estimated at just 57 in 2015.[10]

Listed non-self-governing territories[edit]

As of 2016, there are 17 territories listed on the United Nations list of non-self-governing territories:

Territory
Capital Currency Language Administering state Continent Notes
 American Samoa [note 1] Pago Pago United States dollar English  United States Oceania [11][note 2]
 Anguilla The Valley East Caribbean dollar English  United Kingdom Americas [12][13][note 3]
 Bermuda Hamilton Bermudian dollar English United Kingdom United Kingdom Americas [13][14]
 British Virgin Islands Road Town United States dollar [note 4] English United Kingdom United Kingdom Americas [13][15]
 Cayman Islands George Town [note 5] Cayman Islands dollar English United Kingdom United Kingdom Americas [13][16]
 Falkland Islands Stanley Falkland Pound English United Kingdom United Kingdom Americas [13][17] [note 6]
 French Polynesia [note 7] Papeete CFP franc French  France Oceania [18][19]
 Gibraltar Gibraltar Gibraltar pound English United Kingdom United Kingdom Europe
 Guam Hagatña United States dollar English United States United States Oceania
 Montserrat Plymouth East Caribbean dollar English United Kingdom United Kingdom Americas
 New Caledonia Nouméa CFP franc French France France Oceania
 Pitcairn [note 8] Adamstown New Zealand dollar English United Kingdom United Kingdom Oceania [13][20]
 Saint Helena Jamestown Saint Helena pound English United Kingdom United Kingdom Africa [13][21]
 Tokelau Fakaofo New Zealand dollar English  New Zealand Oceania
 Turks and Caicos Islands Cockburn Town United States dollar English United Kingdom United Kingdom Americas
 United States Virgin Islands Charlotte Amalie United States dollar English United States United States Americas
 Western Sahara [note 9] El Aaiún Sahrawi peseta Arabic Disputed Africa [note 10]

Membership[edit]

The 17-member Special Committee was expanded to 24 members in 1962, and the size of its membership has varied since.[22]

As of March 2014, the members are as follows:[23]

 Antigua and Barbuda  Ethiopia  Papua New Guinea  Tanzania
 Bolivia  Fiji  Russian Federation  Venezuela
 Chile  Grenada  Saint Kitts and Nevis
 China  India  Saint Lucia
 Congo  Indonesia  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Côte d'Ivoire  Iran  Sierra Leone
 Cuba  Iraq  Syria
 Dominica  Mali  East Timor
 Ecuador  Nicaragua  Tunisia

The Special Committee also has 14 observers.[24]

Recommendation on Puerto Rico[edit]

The Special Committee on Decolonization refers to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (a territory of the United States) as a nation in its reports, because, internationally, the people of Puerto Rico are often considered to be a Caribbean nation with their own national identity.[25][26][27] Most recently, in a June 2016 report, the Special Committee called for the United States to expedite the process to allow self-determination in Puerto Rico. More specifically, the group called on the United States to expedite a process that would allow the people of Puerto Rico to exercise fully their right to self-determination and independence. ... [and] allow the Puerto Rican people to take decisions in a sovereign manner and to address their urgent economic and social needs, including unemployment, marginalization, insolvency and poverty".[28]

In one of the most recent referendums on the political status of Puerto Rico held in 2012, only 5.49% of Puerto Ricans voted for independence, while 61.16% voted for statehood and 33.34% preferred free association. Another referendum was held in 2017 with over 97% voting in favor of statehood over independence, though historically low voter turn-out (23%) has called into question the validity of the poll. Much of the low turn-out has been attributed to a boycott led by the pro-status-quo PPD party.[29]

Officers and bureau members[edit]

The Chair of the Special Committee for 2016 is Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) . The two Vice Chairs are Rodolfo Reyes Rodriguez (Cuba) and Vandi Chidi Minah (Sierra Leone). The Rapporteur is Bashar Ja'afari of Syria. The Bureau of the Committee comprises these officers.[30]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also known in the form conventional as Territory of American Samoa.
  2. ^ Dependency status: unincorporated and unorganized territory of the US; administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior.
  3. ^ Overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
  4. ^ The economy is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.
  5. ^ Also known as on Grand Cayman.
  6. ^ The Falkland Islands include the two main islands of East and West Falkland and about 200 small islands.
  7. ^ Also known as Overseas Lands of French Polynesia.
  8. ^ Also known as Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno Islands.
  9. ^ Territory under de facto Moroccan control. Claimed by SADR.
  10. ^ The legal status the territory and the issue of sovereignty unresolved; territory contested by Morocco and Polisario Front (Popular Front for the Liberation of the Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro), which in February 1976 formally proclaimed a government-in-exile, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), based out of refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, led by President Mohamed Abdelaziz.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation – Official Website". United Nations. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  2. ^ "History of U.N. Decolonisation Committee – Official U.N. Website". United Nations. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Historical Documents of the U.N. Decolonisation Committee – Official U.N. Website and Document Archive". United Nations. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  4. ^ http://www.un.org/en/events/iypad2011/
  5. ^ http://www.un.org/en/decolonization/thirdinternatldecade.shtml
  6. ^ "The United Nations and Decolonization > History". United Nations. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  7. ^ Daly, Emma (2002-11-08). "Gibraltar Rejects Power-Sharing Between Britain and Spain". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  8. ^ Defence correspondent, Caroline Wyatt; News, BBC. "Falklands referendum: Voters choose to remain UK territory". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  9. ^ "Tahiti assembly votes against UN decolonisation bid", Radio New Zealand International, 17 May 2013
  10. ^ "Pitcairn: Islands & Settlement - Population Statistics in Maps and Charts". www.citypopulation.de. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  11. ^ American Samoa at the CIA World Factbook Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  12. ^ Anguilla at the CIA World Factbook Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g British Overseas Territories
  14. ^ Bermuda at the CIA World Factbook Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  15. ^ British Virgin Islands at the CIA World Factbook Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  16. ^ Cayman Islands at the CIA World Factbook Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  17. ^ Falkland Islands at the CIA World Factbook Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  18. ^ French Polynesia at the CIA World Factbook Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  19. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 68 Resolution 93. A/RES/68/93 Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  20. ^ Pitcairn at the CIA World Factbook Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  21. ^ Saint Helena at the CIA World Factbook Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  22. ^ "United Nations". Unhchr.ch. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  23. ^ "Special Committee on Decolonization Opens Session, with Deputy Secretary-General Urging Progress on Pending Issues". United Nations. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  24. ^ [1]
  25. ^ United Nations. General Assembly. Special Committee on the Situation With Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (1971). Report of the Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples. 23. United Nations Publications. pp. 10–11. ISBN 978-92-1-810211-9. 
  26. ^ XIV Ministerial Conference of the Movement of Non-Aligned Nations. Durban, South Africa, 2004. See pages 14–15.
  27. ^ United Nations. General Assembly. Special Committee on the Situation With Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (1971). Report of the Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples. 23. United Nations Publications. pp. 10–11. ISBN 978-92-1-810211-9. 
  28. ^ "Special Committee on Decolonization Approves Text Calling upon United States Government to Expedite Self-Determination Process for Puerto Rico". United Nations. UN. June 20, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  29. ^ "PDP to boycott status referendum". 20 April 2017. 
  30. ^ https://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2014/gacol3259.doc.htm; http://www.un.org/Depts/dpi/decolonization/special_committee_bureau.htm

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