Secretary-General galvanizes efforts for successful third decade to eradicate colonialism

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

NAR: In a message to the Caribbean Regional Seminar on Decolonization, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed pleasure over the launching of the on Implementation of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism.

The Secretary-General's message was read by Ms. Laura Vaccari of the UN Department of Political Affairs..

TAPE: The international community recently marked the 50th anniversary of the General Assembly's Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples and completed the Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism. While Timor-Leste successfully gained independence during that period, 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories remain to be decolonized. This seminar is intended to explore how the Special Committee can further the objectives of the United Nations. Direct communication among the Special Committee, the elected representatives of the Territories and the administering Powers is essential for progress. I encourage the Special Committee to work towards an action-oriented dialogue at all levels.

NAR: Secretary-General Ban said he was looking forward to working with the members of the Committee and representatives of non-self-governing territories as they to accelerate the process of decolonization where possible. Please accept my best wishes for a productive and successful seminar. The message was delivered by Laura Vaccari of the Department of Political Affairs.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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