C-24 visiting missions 

Visiting mission to Cape Verde (1975): Secretary-General Aristides Pereira of Partido Africano da Independência de Guiné e Cabo Verde (PAIGC) addressing the crowd [UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata]

Visiting mission to Tokelau (2002): "Lady Naomi", chartered ferry-boat for the visiting mission which usually sails between Samoa and American Samoa [UN Photo/Denise Cook]

Visiting mission to New Caledonia (2014): Mission members meeting with the Economic, Social and Environmental Council [Hermes Penaloza/DPA]

C-24 sends visiting mission to Cape Verde (1975) [UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata]

Since 1965, the Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24) has dispatched a total of 37 visiting and special missions to 23 Non-Self-Governing Territories and participated in 2 visiting missions by the Trusteeship Council. For more details, see the table below.

The very first mission of the C-24 was that to the Cook Islands as mandated by General Assembly resolution 2005 (XIX) of 18 February 1965 by which the General Assembly authorized the Secretary-General to appoint a United Nations representative who would “supervise the elections” to be held in the Cook Islands in April 1965, to “observe the proceedings concerning the Constitution in the newly elected Legislative Assembly and report” to the C-24 and the General Assembly. The United Nations Representative for the Supervision of Elections in the Cook Islands, one-person mission supported by a total of 5 United Nations observers and staff, visited the Cook Islands from 8 April to 21 May 1965.

The most recent visiting mission of the C-24 was to Montserrat (and Antigua and Barbuda) from 17 to 20 December 2019 with the objective to gather first-hand information on the situation in the Territory, focusing on its political, economic, social and environmental development and challenges to achieve sustainable development, particularly the impacts of the volcanic eruptions since 1995. The 2019 visiting mission to Montserrat was composed of representatives of Grenada (Chair), Antigua and Barbuda, Indonesia, and Sierra Leone. 

In 2018, the General Assembly, by its resolution 73/123, reaffirmed that the United Nations visiting missions to the Non-Self-Governing Territories, where applicable, were an effective means of ascertaining the situation of the peoples of the Territories, in accordance with relevant United Nations resolutions on specific Territories, and therefore requested the C-24 to undertake at least one visiting mission a year.

Table: Chronological list of visiting missions to Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories

(Search help: e.g., Type in "1972", then all the visiting missions dispatched in 1972 will appear.)

 
Year
Territory
Administering Power
Mission (report document)
1 1965 Cook Islands New Zealand United Nations Representative for the Supervision of Elections in the Cook Islands (A/5962)

2

1966

Equatorial Guinea

Spain

Sub-Committee on Equatorial Guinea (Fernando Poo and Rio Muni) (A/6300/Rev.1, chapter IX, annex)

3

1967

Aden

United Kingdom

United Nations special mission on Aden (A/6700 (Part II), chapter VI, annex III)

4

1968

Equatorial Guinea

Spain

United Nations mission for the supervision of the Referendum and the Elections in Equatorial Guinea (oral report at the 642nd meeting on 9 October 1968 as reproduced in A/7200/Rev.1, chapter IX, annexes V and VI)

5

1971

New Guinea

Australia

[Trusteeship Council] Visiting mission to the Trust Territory of New Guinea (T/1728)

6

1972

Papua New Guinea

Australia

[Trusteeship Council] United Nations visiting mission to observe the elections to the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly in 1972 (T/1732 (transmitted to the C-24 as A/AC.109/407))

7

1972

Guinea (Bissau)

Portugal

Special mission established by the Special Committee at its 840th meeting on 14 March 1972 (A/8723/Rev.1, vol. III, chapter X, annex I)

8

1972

Niue

New Zealand

Visiting mission to Niue, 1972 (A/8723/Rev.1, vol. IV, chapter XVI, annex I)

9

1974

Niue

New Zealand

Special mission to observe the act of self-determination in Niue (A/9623/Rev.1, vol. V, chapter XXII, annex I)

10

1974

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Australia

Visiting mission (A/9623/Rev.1, vol. IV, chapter XX, annex)

11

1974

Gilbert and Ellice Islands

United Kingdom

United Nations visiting mission to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, 1974 (A/9623/Rev.1, vol. V, chapter XXI, annex I)

12

1975

Cape Verde

Portugal

Visiting mission to Cape Verde (A/AC.109/L.1002)

13

1975

Montserrat

United Kingdom

United Nations visiting mission to Montserrat (A/10023/Rev.1, vol. IV, chapter XXVIII, annex)

14

1975

Spanish Sahara

Spain

United Nations visiting mission to Spanish Sahara, 1975 (A/10023/Rev.1, vol. III, chapter XIII, annex)

15

1976

British Virgin Islands

United Kingdom

United Nations visiting mission to the British Virgin Islands, 1976 (A/31/23/Rev.1, vol. IV, chapter XXVIII, annex)

16

1976

Tokelau Islands

New Zealand

United Nations visiting mission to the Tokelau Islands, 1976 (A/31/23/Rev.1, vol. III, chapter XVII, annex)

17

1977

French Somaliland

France

United Nations mission to observe the Referendum and Elections in French Somaliland (Djibouti) (A/32/107; A/32/107/Corr.1; A/32/107/Add.1)

18

1977

Cayman Islands

United Kingdom

United Nations visiting mission to the Cayman Islands, 1977 (A/32/23/Rev.1, vol. IV, chapter XXVI, annex)

19

1977

United States Virgin Islands

United States

Visiting mission (A/32/23/Rev.1, vol. IV, chapter XXVII, annex)

20

1979

Guam

United States

Visiting mission (A/34/23/Rev.1, vol. IV, chapter XXVII, annex)

21

1979

New Hebrides

Anglo-French Condominium

United Nations mission to observe the elections in the New Hebrides (A/34/852)

22

1980

Turk and Caicos Islands

United Kingdom

Visiting mission (A/AC.109/636, A/AC.109/636/Add.1; A/AC.109/636/Add.2, A/AC.109/636/Add.3; A/AC.109/636/Add.2/Corr.1

23

1980

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Australia

Visiting mission (A/AC.109/635)

24

1980

Turk and Caicos Islands

United Kingdom

Visiting mission to observe the general elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands (A/AC.109/664 and A/AC/109/664/Add.1)

25

1981

Tokelau

New Zealand

United Nations visiting mission to Tokelau (A/AC.109/680)

26

1981

American Samoa

United States

Visiting mission (A/AC.109/679; A/AC.109/679/Add.1)

27

1982

Montserrat

United Kingdom

Visiting mission (A/AC.109/722)

28

1984

Anguilla

United Kingdom

Visiting mission (A/AC.109/799)

29

1984

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Australia

Visiting mission to observe an act of self-determination (A/39/494)

30

1986

Tokelau

New Zealand

United Nations visiting mission to Tokelau, 1986 (A/AC.109/877 and A/AC.109/877/Add.1)

31

1989

Namibia

South Africa

Visiting mission of the Special Committee to observe the independence elections in Namibia, 29 October to 17 November 1989 (A/44/23, chapter VIII, annex)

32

1994

Tokelau

New Zealand

United Nations visiting mission to Tokelau, 1994 (A/AC.109/2009)

33

2002

Tokelau

New Zealand

United Nations mission to Tokelau, 2002 (A/AC.109/2002/31)

34

2005

Bermuda

United Kingdom

United Nations special mission to Bermuda, 2005 (A/AC.109/2005/19)

35

2006

Tokelau

New Zealand

United Nations mission to observe a referendum on self-determination of Tokelau, February 2006 (A/AC.109/2006/20)

36

2006

Turk and Caicos Islands

United Kingdom

United Nations special mission to the Turks and Caicos Islands, 2006 (A/AC.109/2006/19)

37

2007

Tokelau

New Zealand

United Nations mission to observe the October 2007 referendum on self-determination of Tokelau (A/AC.109/2007/19)

38

2014

New Caledonia

France

United Nations mission to New Caledonia, 2014 (A/AC.109/2014/20/Rev.1)

39

2018

New Caledonia

France

United Nations visiting mission to New Caledonia, 12-16 and 19 March 2018 (A/AC.109/2018/20)

40 2019 Montserrat United Kingdom

United Nations visiting mission to Montserrat, 17-20 December 2019 (A/AC.109/2020/20)