Ecuador to Lead UN Committee on Decolonization

TelesurThe 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.

Non-Self-Governing Territories

TERRITORY
ADMINISTERING POWER AREA
(sq.km.)1
EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONES1 POPULATION1
AFRICA
Western Sahara PDF document 2 266,000 300,653 531,000
ATLANTIC AND CARIBBEAN
Anguilla PDF document United Kingdom 96 92,178 15,500
Bermuda PDF document United Kingdom 57 450,370 62,000
British Virgin Islands PDF document United Kingdom 153 80,117 28,103
Cayman Islands PDF document United Kingdom 264 119,137 55,500
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)3 PDF document United Kingdom 12,173 550,872 2,500
Montserrat PDF document United Kingdom 103 7,582 5,000
St. Helena PDF document United Kingdom 310 1,641,294 5,396
Turks and Caicos Islands PDF document United Kingdom 948 154,068 31,458
United States Virgin Islands PDF document United States 352 33,744 106,405
EUROPE
Gibraltar PDF document United Kingdom 5.8 n/a 29,752
PACIFIC
American Samoa PDF document United States 200 404,391 55,519
French Polynesia PDF document France 4,000 4,767,242 271,000
Guam PDF document United States 540 214,059 159,358
New Caledonia PDF document France 18,575 1,422,543 252,000
Pitcairn PDF document United Kingdom 35.5 800,000 50
Tokelau PDF document New Zealand 12.2 318,990 1,411