The United Nation Special Committee on Decolonization or C-24, reelected Ecuador to head up the entity devoted to the issue of decolonization.
The South American country will be represented by its ambassador to the UN, Xavier Lasso. Cuba, Sierra Leone and Indonesia will share the vice-chair role.
According to official figures, 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories (NSGTs) – home to nearly 2 million people – across the globe remain colonized.
The Special Committee, established at the height of the anti-colonial struggle in 1961, is known formally as the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, and is mandated to monitor implementation of the declaration on decolonization.
The body’s membership is comprised of 29 nations including Antigua & Barbuda, Bolivia, Chile, China; Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Nicaragua, Russian Federation, Syria, East Timor, Tanzania; and Venezuela.
|EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONES1||POPULATION1|
|ATLANTIC AND CARIBBEAN|
|British Virgin Islands||United Kingdom||153||80,117||28,103|
|Cayman Islands||United Kingdom||264||119,137||55,500|
|Falkland Islands (Malvinas)3||United Kingdom||12,173||550,872||2,500|
|St. Helena||United Kingdom||310||1,641,294||5,396|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||United Kingdom||948||154,068||31,458|
|United States Virgin Islands||United States||352||33,744||106,405|
|American Samoa||United States||200||404,391||55,519|