In a vast political reshaping of the world, more than 80 former colonies comprising some 750 million people have gained independence since the creation of the United Nations. At present, 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories (NSGTs) across the globe remain to be decolonized, home to nearly 2 million people. Thus, the process of decolonization is not complete. Finishing the job will require a continuing dialogue among the administering Powers, the Special Committee on Decolonization, and the peoples of the territories, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions on decolonization.
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- Committee of 24 (Special Committee on Decolonization) 2017 session
- Photo exhibit on decolonization launched at UN Headquarters
- Press statement on behalf of the Special Committee to mark fifty-sixth anniversary of the Declaration on Decolonization
- What the UN Can Do to Assist Non-Self-Governing Territories
- Fourth Committee 71st session
Committee of 24 (Special Committee on Decolonization)
You will note that Puerto Rico is not on the UN's list of colonies, despite being the oldest and the most populated.