Available languages:
60th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples
17 Dec 2020 -  On December 14, 2020, the world celebrates 60 years of the UN Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, also known as the Declaration on Decolonisation, adopted through the historic UN General Assembly Resolution 1514 (XV).

This monumental document gave a powerful impetus to the colonial territories’ movement for independence, proclaimed the necessity of bringing colonialism to a speedy and unconditional end, and ultimately changed the world. Its implementation has freed some 750 million people, or one-third of the world’s population at the time, from colonial occupation, drastically changed the political map of the world and resulted in the establishment of over 80 new states in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania.

However, although the majority of colonial territories have become independent, the decolonisation process is not over yet. The United Nations is about to enter into the Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism because there remain 17 non-self-governing territories with a population of 1.6 million people, who have not yet realised their inalienable right to self-determination.

The purpose of the meeting is to give an opportunity to concerned Member States to express support to the UN decolonisation efforts and to provide further support for – determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter.


Welcoming remarks:
- Mr. Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations;
- Mr. Dmitry Polyanskiy, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Russian Federation to the United Nations;
- Mr. Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the United Nations.