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Declaration on the Granting of Independence
to Colonial Countries and Peoples
50th Anniversary, 14 December 2010


Mr. Simon M. Kapwepwe, at left, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zambia, and Mr. Ralph J. Bunche, Under-Secretary for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations, at the flag raising ceremony outside the General Assembly building, in 1964, when Zambia was admitted to the United Nations.

A special event was held in the General Assembly Hall on 14 December 2010 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

On 29 June 2010, recognizing the crucial role of the Decolonization Declaration to the expansion of the United Nations membership, the UN General Assembly decided to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of resolution 1514 (XV), which contains the landmark document.

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