Council of Presidents call for the use of Special Mechanisms for Decolonisation

30 Nov

In its Final Communique of the 2012 Session; the Council of Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly (CPGA) called for the use of special mechanisms, including the appointment of an Independent Expert or Special Rapporteur, to accelerate the pace of decolonization for the sixteen remaining non self-governing territories worldwide.

The concern for the lack of movement in the decolonization process in the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism was discussed by the presidents at their two day session on the 7th and 8th of November.

The Chairman of the CPGA opened the meeting; “This (decolonisation) is of special interest because it is one of those issues which has remained on the UN agenda without resolution, and which has effectively resulted in a stalemate; which could not be in the interest of the people of the territories themselves.” He went on to add that it is; “increasingly clear that the UN system is in need of an innovative means to address the self-determination process of the remaining 16 non self-governing territories, as well as the several sovereignty disputes among them.”

After assessing the difficulties in implementing the United Nations unfinished agenda of  decolonisation, the Council of Presidents issued this Final Communique:

1. The CPGA recognizes the historic role of the General Assembly in the self-determination process of dependent territories, and that the successful decolonization of over eighty territories since World War II was in large measure as a result of the political, material and other support provided by the United Nations;

2. The CPGA further recognises that sixteen dependencies remain on the United Nations list on non self-governing territories under Chapter XI of the Charter, but only two have successfully decolonized since the 1990s resulting in the process being effectively stalled; and concerned that the countries which administer the majority of the remaining territories have withdrawn their cooperation from the Special Committee on Decolonization resulting in little progress being made in the implementation of the United Nation decolonization mandate contained in the Charter, General Assembly resolutions and human rights instruments;

3. The CPGA therefore endorses the use of innovative means to give effect to the United Nations decolonization process including the use of special mechanisms such as an Independent Expert/Special Rapporteur, expert groups or other relevant modalities to examine the political situation in each of the remaining territories, and to advise the President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General of suitable means to implement the decolonization mandate in these territories.


3 Responses to “Council of Presidents call for the use of Special Mechanisms for Decolonisation”

  1. S. Coffed McCake December 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    I’m not sure which planet these ‘presidents’ live on, but apparently it’s not planet earth. When the head of the decolonisation committee himself refuses to go to the territories in order to examine the political situation, and instead resorts to partisan statements demanding that they all be depopulated and fed to the nearest totalitarian regime, what do they expect?

    What assistance to this nonsense is going to be provided by Independent Expert or Special Rapporteur? Seriously, the fact that this stuff gets communicated outside of the UN bends the mind.

    • Clematys December 5, 2012 at 4:58 am #

      You have to go back in time and ask what on Earth had the imperialists had in mind when they decided to invade other people’s lands.

      • lordton1955 December 5, 2012 at 5:43 am #

        What do you think the Spanish would reply ??

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