United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid

Comité spécial contre l'apartheid

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1962, under resolution 1761 (XVII) of the General Assembly of United Nations (UN), as Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid of the Government of South Africa -- Comité spécial sur la politique d'apartheid du Gouvernement de la République d'Afrique du Sud. Enlarged from 11 members in 1963 to 16 members in 1971; then further enlarged to 18 members in 1975 and to 19 members in 1988. Name changed to Special Committee on Apartheid in 1970; listed name adopted in 1974. Disbanded.


Act as the focal point of UN activities aimed at the elimination of apartheid; promote international campaigns against apartheid and support the opponents of apartheid; keep racial policies of the Government of South Africa under review; consider all aspects of South Africa's policies of apartheid and the international repercussions of those policies.

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Organizes international conferences, special sessions and seminars; holds meetings and hearings; sends visiting missions; implements resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council, in particular through promoting sports, cultural, consumer and other boycotts and, with United Nations Centre Against Apartheid (UN/CAA), cooperating with governments, intergovernmental organizations, trade unions, women's organizations, religious leaders, student and youth movements, and anti-apartheid groups in mobilizing public opinion in support of UN resolutions against apartheid.


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Members in 17 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Segregation
    • Racial, Ethnic Groups
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Policy-making
    • Policy

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



Last News Received

6. Aug 1992
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