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Secretary-General António Guterres (on screen and second from right at dais) makes remarks to the Special Committee on Decolonization [UN Photo/Loey Felipe]

Amb. Keisha McGuire, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN, chairs the Special Committee on Decolonization [UN Photo/Loey Felipe]

Caribbean regional seminar, Grenada, 2-4 May 2019 [Kay Aggarao/DPA]

Members of the C-24 at the Caribbean regional seminar held from 2-4 May 2019 in Grenada [Michael Lujan Bevacqua/Guam]

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. For more details, see the About page.

 

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"The UN's decolonization successes across the decades can inspire us today. Let us uphold our duty to assist all the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories in bringing their decolonization process to a successful conclusion, according to their choice."

UN Secretary-General at the
Special Committee on Decolonization
21 February 2019

Secretary-General's message

 

Secretary-General's message to the
Caribbean regional seminar of the
Special Committee on Decolonization
2 May 2019