75 AGNU: Statement by Cuba at the Session of the Committee on Decolonization. Item: Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations. New York, 14 June 2021.

Madam Chair,

Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations establishes that Member States which have or assume responsibilities for the administration of territories whose peoples have not yet attained a full measure of self-government, must transmit regularly to the Secretary-General information on the economic and social conditions in the territories for which they are respectively responsible.

Such information is an extremely necessary tool for the Committee and the Decolonization Unit of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs to make a careful, balanced and exhaustive assessment of the particular status and situation of each of the seventeen Non-Self-Governing Territories. This will also contribute positively to making decisions that are more in line with the particular situation of each territory.

In this regard, we would like to reiterate our concern that in the report submitted by the Secretary-General A/    it is evident that not all administering Powers fulfill their obligations under the provisions of the Charter of this Organization.

Likewise, my delegation underscores the call made by the General Assembly in repeated resolutions, the latest being resolution A/RES/74/113, entitled "Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples", whereby the administering Powers of each Territory on the agenda of the Special Committee are urged to cooperate fully in its work and to participate formally in its sessions and seminars.

Madam Chair,

We are entering the Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism. Its adoption reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to the process of decolonization. Our common endeavors require constructive engagement, sustained efforts and political will by all in order to end the scourge of colonialism.

Thank you.