United Nations Decolonization Committee Meets

November 12, 2020

The United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee held a meeting earlier this month, where they passed a number of draft resolutions.

The United Nations maintains a list of what they deem to be “Non-Self-Governing Territories”, and Bermuda is included, having been listed since 1946; with all the other British Overseas Territories are listed as well.

Along with Bermuda, the jurisdictions listed are Western Sahara, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, St. Helena, Turks & Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, American Samoa, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Pitcairn, and Tokelau.

The Committee meets every year and did so again this year as part of the General Assembly’s seventy-fifth session.

A statement on the United Nations website said, “The Fourth Committee [Special Political and Decolonization] approved 22 draft resolutions and one draft decision concerning decolonization today, as it completed its work for the main part of the General Assembly’s seventy-fifth session.

The resolutions all passed, most with wide support, with the nations most often voting against the resolutions and/or abstaining including Israel, United States, United Kingdom and France.

Speaking at the meeting the UK representative explained why they abstained, saying they believe the decision is “ultimately up to the territory and the administrating power, not the general assembly.”

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