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Fourth Committee on Decolonization approves program for UN General Assembly 77th session

Saturday, October 1st 2022 - 09:47 UTC
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Fourth Committee Chair Mohamed Al Hassan (Oman) said that 200 requests have been received for hearings relating to decolonization Fourth Committee Chair Mohamed Al Hassan (Oman) said that 200 requests have been received for hearings relating to decolonization

The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization Committee) approved its work program for the seventy-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly, covering topics ranging from the decolonization of the 17 remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories and United Nations peacekeeping operations, to the plight of Palestinian refugees and other Arab territories, among other agenda items.

According to the timetable contained in its organization of work (document A/C.4/77/L.1), the Committee will begin its consideration of decolonization items on Monday 3 October, hearing statements from representatives and petitioners of the Non-Self-Governing Territories from 4 to 10 October followed by the continuation of a joint general debate on the issue.

In that regard, Committee Chair Mohamed Al Hassan (Oman) said that 200 requests have been received for hearings relating to the questions of American Samoa, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands / Malvinas, French Polynesia, Gibraltar, Guam, New Caledonia, Saint Helena, United States Virgin Islands and Western Sahara, under the agenda item “Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples”.

Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Guam have expressed their desire to send representatives to address the Committee under that same agenda item, he added.

On other topics, the Committee will consider the effects of atomic radiation on 17 October; questions relating to information from 19 to 21 October; international cooperation on the peaceful uses of outer space from 26 to 28 October; peacekeeping operations in all their aspects from 1 to 3 November; and special political missions on 4 November.

In other business, the Committee decided to establish a Working Group of the Whole to consider proposals submitted under the agenda item “International cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space”. Acting without a vote, it elected Omran Sharaf (United Arab Emirates) as Chair of that working group.

The Fourth Committee will reconvene at 3 p.m. on Monday, 3 October, to begin its consideration of decolonization agenda items 51 to 55.

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  • Dirk Dikkler

    Another committee meeting to achieve nothing! What a Waste of Money!!

    Oct 01st, 2022 - 11:24 am +2
  • Falklands-Free

    Wonder why they have never listened to the people of the Falkland Islands and their wishes. Of I keep forgetting we are not a colony, we are a subject of sovereignty. Maybe they need to remove us completely from this false committee because we as stated are not a colony but one that Argentina wants to impose on us. They want us to be a colony of Argentina because face facts we are not attached to their land mass. Never have been.

    Oct 01st, 2022 - 12:30 pm +2
  • Judge Jose

    Just look at the countries that sit on the tin pot committee, as DD says an utter and complete waste of time and money,

    Oct 01st, 2022 - 12:34 pm +2
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