The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki- Moon, on Thursday urged the international community to address self-government and find innovative and practical ways to implement the de-colonisation process.
Mr. Ki-Moon made the call in a message to the opening of the 2015 session of the Special Committee on De-colonisation.
The message was delivered by Jens Toyberg-Fradzen, the Interim Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs in New York.
“In this endeavour, we shall be guided by the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter and the relevant General Assembly resolutions,” he said. “As we celebrate this year the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we also mark 70 years in advancing the Organisation’s historic de-colonisation mandate Yet this process is still not complete.”
Mr. Ki-Moon said 2015 marked the 55th anniversary of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, and is the midpoint of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism.
“The success of our efforts continues to depend on the political will of all involved. Throughout the year 2014 the Committee undertook important steps to pursue its work on decolonisation,” he said.
In March, the UN chief said, the Committee dispatched a visiting mission to one of the Non-Self-Governing Territories, namely New Caledonia, adding it was first of such mission since 2007.
Mr. Ki-Moon said the rounds of dialogues initiated in 2013 between the Bureau of the Committee and each of the four administering powers and various other stakeholders were successfully repeated in 2014.
He urged member states to seize the momentum and move the de-colonisation agenda forward. (NAN)