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


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: 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”.

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