2nd Meeting (PM)
Colonial Behaviour, Thinking still ‘Rampant’ Despite ‘Historic Successes’, ‘Untiring Efforts’ of United Nations, Meeting Told
While the United Nations decolonization process had achieved “historic successes”, colonial thinking and behaviour were still “rampant”, with 17 lands remaining on the Organization’s United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) heard today, as it opened its annual debate on the issue.
“It is due to the untiring efforts of the United Nations […] that the vast majority of the world’s population today is no longer under colonial rule,” Committee Chair Brian Bowler, said, adding that decolonization had been one of the most defining issues of the latter part of the twentieth century and the early part of the twenty-first.
In particular, those successes were due to the “unstinting” efforts of the Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (also known as the Special Committee on Decolonization), founded in 1961, he said. It had carried out its mandate in a number of ways, including by sending visiting missions to Non-Self-Governing Territories on its list and the hearing of petitioners. “We are all aware that our task is not yet complete,” he said. “We must continue our common endeavour in the spirit of cooperation among all parties involved to complete the decolonization process.”
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