United Nations Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (Special Committee of Twenty Four)
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1961-11-27 New York NY USA
27 Nov 1961, New York NY (USA), by resolution 1654 (XVI) of the General Assembly of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN), following adoption by the General Assembly, 14 Dec 1960, in resolution 1514 (XV), of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, in response to growing concern over the slowness of progress towards independence of many peoples and lands outside the Trusteeship system and still under colonial rule. Also referred to as: Special Committee on Decolonization – Comité spécial de la décolonisation; Special Committee of 24 on Decolonization – Comité spécial des Vingt-Quatre. Comes within the remit of E-XE3378 - United Nations Trusteeship Council.
As the main body in the United Nations dealing with the progress of peoples in dependent territories towards self-determination and independence, monitor the Declaration on Decolonization which states that: "Immediate steps shall be taken, in Trust and Non-Self-Governing Territories or all other Territories which have not yet attained independence, to transfer all powers to the peoples of those Territories, without any conditions or reservations, in accordance with their freely expressed will and desire, without any distinction as to race, creed or colour, in order to enable them to enjoy complete independence and freedom".
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Special Committee meets annually from mid-February to late Jun and includes Chairman and other officers. Representatives of non-self-governing territories may attend. A government which is not member of the Committee may, if it wishes, and with the Committee's consent, be invited to speak before the Committee on any agenda item.
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