Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples

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UN General Assembly
Resolution 1514 (XV)
Date 14 December 1960
Meeting no. fifteenth
Code A/RES/1514(XV) (Document)
Subject Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.
Result Adopted

The Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples was a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly during its fifteenth session, that affirmed that the resolution also provided for the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples and passionate yearning for freedom in all dependent peoples and the decisive role of such peoples in the attainment of their independence that the peoples of the world ardently desire the end of colonialism in all its manifestations.

The declaration was a milestone in the process of decolonization. Also known as the United Nations Resolution 1514, it was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 14, 1960.[1]

Eighty-nine countries voted in favour, none voted against, and nine abstained: Australia, Belgium, Dominican Republic, France, Portugal, Spain, Union of South Africa, United Kingdom, and United States.[2] Except for the Dominican Republic, the rest of those countries that abstained were major colonial powers.

In 2000, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Resolution 1514, UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 55/146 that declared 2001–2010 the Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism.[3] This follows on from 1990-2000 having been the International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism.[4]

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  1. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session -1 Resolution 1514. A/RES/1514(XV) Retrieved 2014-7-15.
  2. ^ The Self-Determination of Peoples: Community, Nation, and State in an Interdependent World by Wolfgang F Danspeckgruber
  3. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 55 Resolution 146. Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism A/RES/55/146 Retrieved 2014-7-15.
  4. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 43 Resolution 47. International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism A/RES/43/47 22 November 1988. Retrieved 2014-7-15.

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