Sumoud, 27 August 2020 – Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres, has confirmed that the question of Western Sahara will remain on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly as an issue of decolonization.
The UN Secretary-General highlighted in a report on the assessment of a decade of the United Nations decolonization efforts in the world – a copy of which was obtained by the Sumoud website – that the issue of Western Sahara was also receiving attention from the Security Council, which has placed it on its agenda since 1975.
The Secretary-General’s report stated that the end of the Third Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism was an important opportunity to assess progress made in the mission of eliminating colonialism, which remains one of the priorities of the United Nations, and to proceed with the plan of decolonization, inline with the principles of the Charter and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.
Mr. Guterres stressed that it was necessary that all parties concerned be proactively and consistently involved: the administering power; the peoples of the colonial territories, and other stakeholders in the efforts to eliminate colonialism in the world.
Mr. Guterres emphasized that fulfilling the obligations to enable the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories to exercise their right to self-determination, requires more refinement of the processes for conducting action-oriented dialogues and the identification of specific steps that can be implemented in order to generate more momentum for the implementation of the decolonization mandate.
The General Secretariat will continue to assist the international community in carrying out its work in a creative and dynamic spirit, in accordance with the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, until concrete progress is made in the implementation of the decolonization plan, asserted Mr. Guterres.