Pacific Regional Seminar of the Special Committee on Decolonization

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged participants in the Pacific Regional Seminar to take into consideration recent developments in the region, such as the March 2014 visiting mission of the Special Committee on Decolonization to New Caledonia and other initiatives that made that body more visible and active.

“I trust that political will, applied on a case-by-case basis, can evolve on all sides to make progress on the decolonization of the 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories still under the purview of the Special Committee,” he said in a message to the Seminar.  “Good intentions will have to be translated into credible action to make the Third International Decade a success.” Click here to read the Secretary-General’s message.

Xavier Lasso Mendoza (Ecuador), Chairman of the Special Committee, extended his gratitude to the Government and people of Fiji for their warm traditional opening ceremony and for hosting the Seminar for a record fourth time.

The three-day Seminar, taking place in Nadi, Fiji, from 21 to 23 May, under the theme “Accelerating Action”, provides an opportunity for representatives of the Non-Self-Governing Territories to share their progress and concerns with the Special Committee.  Administering Powers, experts and non-governmental organizations are also expected to convey their views on the decolonization process.  Held in the context of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism, the Seminar offers an opportunity to reflect on the annual Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories, beginning on 25 May.

The first day of the Pacific Regional Seminar generated significant discussion on accelerating Action in Pacific Non-Self-Governing Territories, the Special Committee’s visiting mission to New Caledonia, decolonization in the Pacific and transparency of electoral rolls.  Click here to read the press release.

The second day of the Pacific Regional Seminar saw participants discuss developments and challenges in accelerating the decolonization of Non-Self-Governing Territories, and generated significant debate on the need to accelerate action in Non-Self-Governing Territories of other regions. Click here to read the press release.