Colonialism has no place in the modern world

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

It is time for a new kind of fully inclusive dialogue about decolonization, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks at the opening session of the Special Committee on Decolonization.

He said the international community is more convinced than ever that colonialism has no place in the modern world.

Noting that "the eradication of colonialism, in keeping with the principles of the Charter and the relevant United Nations resolutions, is our common endeavour", Secretary-General Ban explained that this requires the constructive involvement of all concerned – the Special Committee, the administering Powers and the Non-Self-Governing Territories – working on a case-by-case-basis.

But he stressed that the Special Committee should be at the forefront in identifying possibilities for change and in promoting priorities in the decolonization process for the benefit of all.

“As the intergovernmental body exclusively devoted to decolonization, the Special Committee is expected to devise fresh and creative approaches to mobilize the political will to advance its agenda. As we know, the world is in a great transition. Many old structures are breaking down. New arrangements are taking shape. In the area of decolonization, 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories require our attention.”

Duration:  33″

Secretary-General Ban noted that "as we look ahead, the narrative cannot again be portrayed as "decolonization deferred," adding that "We no longer have the luxury of indulging in rhetoric rituals. Concrete action and tangible results are essential".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:  1’35″

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