Tuesday, 21 November 2017

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Our Land, Our Rights

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25.05.2016 – Sam Nujoma’s first President was not sworn in until 1989. There are still 17 remaining territories that are non-self-governed around the world.

In a vast political reshaping of the world, more than 80 former colonies comprising some 750 million people have gained independence since the creation of the United Nations. At present, 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories (NSGTs) across the globe remain to be decolonised, home to nearly 2 million people. Thus, the process of decolonisation is not complete. 

Finishing the job will require a continuing dialogue among the administering Powers, the Special Committee on Decolonisation, and the peoples of the territories, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions on decolonisation.

During the International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of NSGTs (25-31 May) the United Nations urges administering Powers to safeguard and guarantee the inalienable rights of the peoples to their land and resources.

Chapter XI of the UN Charter - the Declaration regarding NSGTs - provides that Member States administering territories, which have not attained self-government recognise "that the interests of the inhabitants of these territories are paramount" and accept as a "sacred trust" the obligation to promote their well-being.

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A boy plays with his homemade wooden toy truck in Malaita, Solomon Islands, one of the world’s remaining 17 non-self-governing territories.

Did you know?

The 17 Non-Self-Governing territories lie withinAfrica, the Atlantic and Caribbean, Europe, and the Pacific and Indian oceans. The UK is the administration Power for ten of those non-self-governed territories, accounting for a total population of 238,840 – whilst three are governed by the U.S, two by France, one by Spain and one by New Zealand.

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UNRIC’s Related links

-          International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
-          Special Committee on Decolonisation 
-          Chapter XI of the UN Charter

Photos

One: 1989 - Swearing-in ceremony of Namibia’s new President Sam Nujoma/ UN Photo
Two: What the UN can do to assist non-self-governing territories
Three: UN Photo/ W. Stone 

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