UN support for the Non Self Governing Territories

6 Aug

United Nations Press Office 26.7.2012

Touching on issues ranging from drug control to the challenges faced by indigenous youth, to post-earthquake recovery in Haiti and the critical role of the family, the Economic and Social Council today adopted 18 texts forwarded by its subsidiary bodies, as well as four independently submitted resolutions, while deciding to recommend five additional texts to the General Assembly for final adoption.

By a related draft resolution, adopted by a vote of 32 in favour to none against, with 18 abstentions, the Council urged various United Nations agencies and departments, as well as other international institutions, to issue their support to the world’s 16 remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories.

Under its agenda item related to the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, the Council was expected to act on a draft resolution on “Support to Non-Self-Governing Territories by the specialized agencies and international institutions associated with the United Nations” (document E/2012/L.22).

By a vote of 32 in favour to none against, with 18 abstentions, the Council adopted the resolution.  By its terms, the Council recommended that all States intensify their efforts within the United Nations specialized agencies and organizations to ensure the full implementation of the Declaration.  The specialized agencies were requested to review conditions in each Non-Self-Governing Territory so that they could take measures to speed economic and social progress.

The resolution also urged those United Nations agencies and organizations that had not yet done so to provide assistance to the Territories as soon as possible.

For their part, the administering Powers were requested to facilitate the participation of appointed and elected representatives of those Territories in relevant meetings of the United Nations specialized agencies and organizations.

Argentina’s delegate said the text must be implemented in line with the decisions and resolutions of the General Assembly and the Special Committee on Decolonization.  

Argentina reserved its position on the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) work with the 16 non-autonomous territories relating to the protection of the coastal environment, subject to additional information Argentina had requested from the FAO.

The representative of the United States noted that the resolution was virtually identical to those considered by the Council in recent years.  She had abstained in the vote, despite agreeing in principle that United Nations agencies, funds and programmes could provide support to Territories, so long as administering Powers allowed it.  The administering Power was to decide the participation of Territories in the United Nations.  The United States Federal Government had the sole responsibility for United States foreign relations.  She was concerned that the language of the text infringed on internal constitutional arrangements and thus could not support the resolution.



17 Responses to “UN support for the Non Self Governing Territories”

  1. Pablo Balonga August 7, 2012 at 2:27 am #

    this Council declaration is absolute bureaucratic nonsense , it would be simpler and easier to initiate the actions to effectively turn in a short term those territories into totally free independent countries putting and end to all colonialism.

    • lordton1955 August 7, 2012 at 6:30 am #

      What they want to be is a decision for the islanders. No-one else!

      • Pablo Balonga August 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

        islanders wishes can not go against UN decolonization resolutions, they can only be free proud falklanders in an independent Falkland Islands Republic Moreover that is the best way to peace

      • lordton1955 August 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

        Independence is only one of 4 options available to them that would be recognised by the UN.

  2. Justin August 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Nonsense. The islanders have 3 options:

    1. Independence
    2. Integration
    3. Free Association

    They are not going against any UN resolutions whatsoever.

    • Pablo Balonga August 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      options 2 and 3 are not so they are available under geographical conditions not given in this case TOO FAR from UK and also from ANY south am country

    • lordton1955 August 7, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

      1970- October 24th, UN Resolution 2625 (XXV) states;
      ” … By virtue of the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, all peoples have the right freely to determine, without external interference, their political status and to pursue their economic, social and cultural development, and every State has the duty to respect this right in accordance with the provisions of the Charter….
      Every State has the duty to promote, through joint and separate action, realization of the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, (through the) 1
      establishment of a sovereign and independent State,
      free association, or
      integration with an independent State, or
      the emergence into any other political status freely determined by a people constitute modes of implementing the right of self-determination by that people…
      Every State has the duty to refrain from any forcible action which deprives peoples referred to above in the elaboration of the present principle of their right to self-determination and freedom and independence. In their actions against, and resistance to, such forcible action in pursuit of the exercise of their right to self-determination, such peoples are entitled to seek and to receive support in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter…
      The territory of a colony or other Non-Self-Governing Territory has, under the Charter, a status separate and distinct from the territory of the State administering it; and such separate and distinct status under the Charter shall exist until the people of the colony or Non-Self-Governing Territory have exercised their right of self-determination in accordance with the Charter, and particularly its purposes and principles…”

      • Pablo Balonga August 8, 2012 at 3:01 am #

        Ridiculous is to pretend that a paragraph on self determination erases all the decolonisation program (I shall not loose time citing)
        Ridiculous to sustain by such a paragraph that i.e. self determination is a free ticket for Albania to “integrate” with China or UK with USA or … pick any and clear your mind.
        What part of “colonialism is dead” you dont understand? The XIXth century is over, if you like it go to buy a time-machine.

      • lordton1955 August 8, 2012 at 4:39 am #

        Ridiculous ?? It’s in the UN Charter and confirmed by UNGA Resolutions. Hardy ridiculous.

        Colonialism is indeed dead. There are no colonies any more. There are a few remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories however. Fully protected by the UN with the right to determine their own future WHEN and IF they wish to do so.

        That’s not in the past. That’s today!

        And if the Falkland Islanders wish to integrate with China? Well, that’s up to them:-)

      • Pablo Balonga August 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

        Try to read properly or avoid replying please lordton1955.
        I said “ridiculous” not the paragraph but to isolate 1 paragraph from the whole as you did. Accepted global concepts like selfdetermination and decolonisation are neither opposite nor independent.
        “Non self gov terr” is an euphemism for colony since it is more than obvious that someone, else than the inhabitants, rules them. Then try also to be serious. This colonial situation has been called to an end long time ago 50/60’s.
        Moreover the enumeration in “your” paragraph are not absolute alternatives but a general mention limited to those that applies in terms of other UN and contour conditions.
        Finally your reference to integration with China show that you think that anyone can self determinate at will without considering the impact on the other people of the world (in such case, balance). It shows indeed that you are not worried about peace and growth in the region but just want to maintain the English colonies and its gone XIXth century position.

      • lordton1955 August 8, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

        I have stated the UN’s position. Unfetterred, without condition. If the people of the Falklands wished association with China there is nothing to stop it happening. Turks & Cacos have seriously considered associating themselves with Canada.

        I have no desire to maintain a NSGT in the face of opposition from its people. Where the people wish to stay – I support their decision whole heartedly.

  3. Justin August 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Colonialism is dead?

    So pray why does Argentina wish to impose a colonial situation on the Falkland Islands, by demanding integration with an alien culture that hates and despises them?

    I suggest you look at examples such as the case of St Miquelon, which is a French island a few miles off the coast of Canada. I don’t don’t see the Canucks demanding they should be integrated as they’re close to Canada.

  4. Justin August 9, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Snr Balonga,

    You state that the UK is governing the Falklands. You’re wrong. They have devolved Government, via the democratically elected Falkland Islands Government. They have their own constitution, written by themselves with advice from the FCO on legal matters, This has been the situation for some time. Due to the fact they have a belligerent neighbour who launched an unprovoked military invasion in 1982 and continues to be bellicose and intransigent they still rely on the UK for defence and being a micronation for foreign relations.

    To all intents and purpose they were decolonised a very long time ago. That they remain listed as a NSG is frankly bullshit, by a corrupt UN committee dominated by less than democractic nations and friends of Argentina. They should be delisted, that they haven’t is down to political BS and power plays by various Governments.. The C24 manifestly fails in its so-called primary mission of representing the people of NSG.

    BTW is it nor arrogant in the extreme to speak for a people as to what is best for them, with no recourse to what their actual wishes are. Try listening to them for a change instead of lecturing them aas to what is good for them,

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