United Nations Council for Namibia

Conseil des Nations Unies pour la Namibie

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19 May 1967, New York NY (USA), by resolution 2248 (S-V) of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), as United Nations Council for South West Africa. Listed name adopted 1968, when, by Assembly resolution 2372 (XXII), South West Africa was renamed Namibia. Functioned as the legal administering Authority for Namibia until Namibia became independent on 21 Mar 1990. Officially dissolved, 11 Sep 1990, by General Assembly resolution 44/243.


Prepare Namibia for independence and emphasize and espouse the responsibility of the United Nations system for Namibia.

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include identification of ways and means by which South Africa can be pressured to withdraw its illegal occupation régime from Namibia. The Council seeks to accomplish this task: through consultations with Governments of Member States of the United Nations; through efforts to ensure compliance of Member States with United Nations resolutions on Namibia and with the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion of 21 June 1971; by exposing the activities of foreign economic interests in Namibia by showing how these activities support the illegal South African presence; by promoting publicity on Namibia; through mobilization of international support for the liberation of Namibia; and through exposure of the illegal presence and repressive policies and practices of the South African régime in Namibia. In addition it assists the Namibian people and supports the struggle of the people of the Territory under the leadership of SWAPO: by raising funds for the administering the United Nations Fund for Namibia and through this by financing education and training programmes, including the United Nations Institute for Namibia (UNIN) (closed down 31 Dec 1990); by providing humanitarian assistance; by directing and co-ordinating the implementation of the Nationhood Programme for Namibia; by provision of travel and identity documents; and by ensuring that Namibians participate fully in the work of the Council and representing Namibian interests in international organizations and conferences.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the United Nations Council for Namibia and through its Committee on the United Nations Fund for Namibia and Standing Committees, the 'Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Namibia': Undertakes fund-raising for assistance programmes; Co-ordinates the implementation of the Nationhood Programme for Namibia and other programmes of assistance; Executes some assistance programmes directly; Liaises with the United Nations Institute for Namibia in Lusaka (Zambia); Provides individual scholarships; Provides social and medical assistance; Supports Namibian representation in international meetings; Issues travel and identity documents; Mobilizes international public support and disseminates information on Namibia; Works for the protection of the natural resources of Namibia; Conducts research activities at the request of the Council for Namibia; Co-operates with the NGOs; Liaises with Member States and SWAPO through offices in New York NY (USA), Gaborone (Botswana), Luanda (Angola) and Lusaka. Instrumental in setting up United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG).


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Subjects *

  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Freedom
    • Freedom

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender Equality



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21. Oct 1991
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