UN Committee on Decolonization doubled in 2016 the number of resolutions adopted annually
In this context, Rafael Ramírez, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, addressed this UN body in his capacity as Chairman of the Special Committee on Decolonization in which he explained the progress obtained during his Chairmanship of said committee.
Ramírez stated that the Committee made progress in the dissolution of the so-called omnibus, which covered 11 Non-Self-Governing territories, with the scope of proposing individual resolutions for the detailed review of each case.
“As a result, the C-24 in the 2016 session adopted 22 resolutions in total, nearly doubling the number of resolutions adopted annually by the C-24, compared to 12 resolutions adopted in 2015. The resolutions adopted by the C-24 went through extensive negotiations among the membership. It is worth noting that all were adopted without a vote. 19 of those resolutions are now recommended to the General Assembly, through the 4th Committee, for adoption. I hope the members of the 4th Committee consider positively these recommendations submitted by the C-24” said Ramírez.
Another accomplishment was the holding of the week of decolonization, which had not been held in 20 years. During this week, different activities were held to promote the decolonization process across the world.
“This successful activity included an exhibition on the nature and scope of C-24, with information regarding the Non-Self-Governing territories; a conference with the participation of distinguished academic personalities that shared interesting views on the process of decolonization; a series of interviews with UN media; and a cultural event with performances from artists that represented the traditions of the peoples of members of the Committee and the territories.” explained Ramírez.
At the same time, the Venezuela diplomat presented the activities the Committee of 24 will be holding before concluding the current period, among which there is a meeting with the Administering Powers to review their point of view on the current process of decolonization and the organization for a visit to a Non-Self-Governing territory.
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"