General Assembly - consideration of decolonization agenda items

The General Assembly considers the Fourth Committee's report, 18 December 1972 [UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata]

Since 1946, the General Assembly has been considering agenda items related to decolonization and adopted a series of resolutions, including resolution 1514 (XV) which is the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (1960 Declaration on Decolonization).

In recent years, the General Assembly convenes a meeting early December to take up reports of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), one of its Main Committees to which the General Assembly allocates relevant agenda items related to decolonization, and takes action on draft resolutions and decisions on decolonization recommended by that Committee. Some resolutions and decisions concerning decolonization-related agenda items may be taken without going through the Fourth Committee.

For more details about agenda items related to decolonization and consideration by the Fourth Committee of those items, see the Fourth Committee page.


For details of meetings of the General Assembly on agenda items related to decolonization since the 63rd session/2008, please select the relevant section/year from the drop-down list below.

Infographic: Life cycle of resolutions and decisions on decolonization

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