Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Venezuela to chair the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation


New York, 10th December 2015.- The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will become the Chair of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation next year for the 2016-2017 period; this body is responsible for examining the application of the Declaration on Decolonisation and making recommendations regarding its application.
Venezuela submitted its candidacy for the chair of this important Committee in September 2015 and received the backing of the members of this subsidiary body and support of the regional groups recognised in the organisation.
On 25th February next year, the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the UN, Ambassador Rafael Ramírez, will take over as Chair of the Committee for a two-year period, replacing the current Chair, Indonesia, which has led the bureau of the committee composed of the Vice-Chairs, the Permanent Representatives of Cuba and Sierra Leone, and the representative of Syria as Rapporteur.
The task of the Special Committee on Decolonisation is to examine the situation of the 17 non-self-governing territories, as well as the situation of Puerto Rico and the Falkland Islands.