04 May 2017

U.N. Decolonisation Seminar to focus on Caribbean territories


The Special Committee on Decolonization decided today to hold its Caribbean Regional Seminar in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, from 16 to 18 May.
Approving a set of guidelines and rules of procedure (document A/AC.109/2017/19), the 29-member body — known formally as 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 agreed on the agenda and other organizational issues related to the biennial Caribbean Regional Seminar on the implementation of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism.
The Special Committee decided on the theme “The future for decolonization in the Non-Self-Governing Territories:  what are the prospects?” and that its delegation to the Seminar would be made up of 10 Special Committee members from the four regional groups:  the Group of African States, the Group of Asia-Pacific States, the Group of Eastern European States and the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States.
Special Committee Chair Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño (Venezuela) noted that experts and representatives of Non-Self-Governing Territories and non-governmental organizations would be invited to the Seminar.
Inga Rhonda King (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) expressed hope that the Seminar would advance progress on decolonization challenges.  As a small island State, her country and others in the region had benefitted from the United Nations self-determination process, she said, appreciating the Special Committee members for accepting Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ offer to host the event.