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New Caledonia

Basic Facts

  • Population: 271,407 (2019 census)
  • Land area: 18,575 km²
  • Exclusive economic zone: 1,422,543 km²

Listing as a Non-Self-Governing Territory

New Caledonia was on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories from 1946 to 1947, following the transmission of information on New Caledonia and Dependencies by France under Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations. In 1986, the General Assembly re-inscribed New Caledonia, by considering that “New Caledonia is a Non-Self-Governing Territory within the meaning of the Charter”.

  • See General Assembly resolution 66 (I) of 14 December 1946 and 41/41 of 2 December 1986       

Administering Power


United Nations-related action

The General Assembly adopts on an annual basis a resolution on New Caledonia. Please visit the Documents page for past General Assembly resolutions on New Caledonia from 2008.

United Nations Secretariat annual working papers on New Caledonia issued since 2008 are also available on the Documents page.


Government of New Caledonia

Ministry of Overseas Territories of France


(Last updated: 10 May 2022)