United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories

UN General Assembly
Resolution 66 (I)
UN General Assembly Resolution 66 (1).pdf
United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/66 (I) dated 14 January 1946
Date 14 December 1946
Meeting no. Sixty fourth
Code A/RES/66(1) (Document)
Subject Transmission of information under Article 73e of the Charter [relating to non-self-governing territories]
Result Adopted

Chapter XI of the United Nations Charter refers to a non-self-governing territory (NSGT) as a territory “whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government.” In practice, a NSGT is a territory deemed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to be "non-self-governing". Chapter XI of the UN Charter also includes a "Declaration on Non-Self-Governing Territories" that the interests of the occupants of dependent territories are paramount and requires member states of the United Nations in control of such territories to submit annual information reports concerning the development of those territories. Since 1946, the UNGA has maintained a list of non-self governing territories under member states' control. Since its inception, dozens of territories have been removed from the list, typically when they attained independence or internal self-government, while other territories have been added as new administering countries joined the United Nations or the General Assembly reassessed the status of certain territories.

Since 1961 the list has been maintained by the Special Committee on Decolonization.


Chapter XI of the UN Charter contains a Declaration Concerning Non-Self-Governing Territories.[1] Article 73(e) requires UN member states to report to the United Nations annually on the development of NSGTs under their control. From the initial reports provided by eight member states (Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States), a list was compiled in 1946 listing 72 NSGTs.[2][3] In several instances, administering states were later allowed to remove dependent territories from the list, either unilaterally (as in the case of French overseas territories such as French Polynesia),[4][5] or by a vote of the General Assembly (as in the cases of Puerto Rico, Greenland, the Netherlands Antilles, and Suriname).[citation needed]

Map of territories on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

The list draws its origins from the period of colonialism and the Charter's concept of non-self-governing territories. As an increasing number of formerly colonized countries became UN members, the General Assembly increasingly asserted its authority to place additional territories on the list and repeatedly declared that only the General Assembly had the authority to authorize a territory's being removed from the list upon attainment of any status other than full independence. For example, when Portugal joined the United Nations it contended that it did not control any non-self-governing territory, claiming that areas such as Angola and Mozambique were an integral part of the Portuguese state, but the General Assembly rejected this position. Similarly, Western Sahara was added in 1963 when it was a Spanish colony. Similarly with Namibia, which was seen, due to its former status as a League of Nations mandate territory, as a vestige of German colonial legacy in Africa, until it was removed in 1990 upon its independence. A set of criteria for determining whether a territory is to be considered "non-self-governing" was established in General Assembly Resolution 1541 (XV) of 1960.[6] Also in 1960, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 1514 (XV), promulgating the "Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples", which declared that all remaining non-self-governing territories and trust territories were entitled to self-determination and independence. The following year, the General Assembly established the Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (sometimes referred to as the Special Committee on Decolonization, or the "Committee of 24" because for much of its history the committee was composed of 24 members), which reviews the situation in non-self-governing territories each year and reports to the General Assembly. A revised list in 1963 listed 64 NSGTs.

Resolutions adopted


  • UNGA Resolution 64(I) regarding the Establishment of the Trusteeship Council.[7]
  • UNGA Resolution 66(I) regarding Transmission of information under Article 73 e of the Charter.[8]


  • UNGA Resolution 142(II) regarding Standard form for the guidance of Members in the preparation of information to be transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter.
  • UNGA Resolution 143(II) regarding Supplemental documents relating to information transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter.
  • UNGA Resolution 144(II) regarding Voluntary transmission of information regarding the development of self-governing institutions in the Non-Self-Governing Territories.
  • UNGA Resolution 145(II) regarding Collaboration of the specialized agencies in regard to Article 73 e of the Charter.
  • UNGA Resolution 146(II) regarding Creation of a special committee on information transmitted under Article 73 e of the Charter.








The list remains controversial in some countries for various reasons:


One reason for controversy is that the list includes some dependencies that have democratically chosen to maintain their current status, or have had a referendum in which there were not enough votes for a change of status, or in some cases (such as United States Virgin Islands) simply had an insufficient number of voters participate.

The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory with a population of 2,500 people and an autonomous government, that is also claimed by Argentina. In March 2013, the Falkland Islands government organised a referendum on the status of the territory. With a 92% turnout, 99.8% of Falkland Islands voters voted to maintain the status quo, with only 3 islanders favouring a change.[11]

Gibraltar is largely a self-governing British territory on the tip of the Iberian Peninsula with a population of about 30,000 people, whose territory is claimed by Spain. It continues to be listed as an NSGT though its residents expressed a preference in two referendums to retain the status quo. In 1967, they were asked whether to retain their current status or to become part of Spain. The status quo was favoured by 12,138 votes to 44. In 2002, a proposal for a joint British–Spanish administration of the territory was voted down by 17,900 votes to 187. (The "no" vote accounted for more than 85% of Gibraltar's entire electorate).[12] The United Nations did not recognise either referendum, with the 1967 referendum being declared in contravention of previous UN resolutions.[13] The Spanish government does not recognize any right of the current Gibraltar inhabitants to self-determination, on the grounds that they are not the original population of the territory, but residents transferred by the colonial power, the United Kingdom.[14]

The territory of Tokelau divides political opinion in New Zealand.[15] In response to attempts at decolonizing Tokelau, New Zealand journalist Michael Field wrote in 2004: "The UN ... is anxious to rid the world of the last remaining vestiges of colonialism by the end of the decade. It has a list of 16 territories around the world, virtually none of which wants to be independent to any degree."[16] Field further notes that Patuki Isaako, who was head of Tokelau's government at the time of a UN seminar on decolonization in 2004, informed the United Nations that his country had no wish to be decolonized, and that Tokelauans had opposed the idea of decolonization ever since the first visit by UN officials in 1976.

In 2006, a UN-supervised referendum on decolonization was held in Tokelau, where 60.07% of voters supported the offer of self-government. However, the terms of the referendum required a two-thirds majority to vote in favor of self-government. A second referendum was held in 2007, in which 64.40% of Tokelauans supported self-government, falling short of the two-thirds majority by 16 votes. This led New Zealand politician and former diplomat John Hayes, on behalf of the National Party, to state that "Tokelau did the right thing to resist pressure from [the New Zealand government] and the United Nations to pursue self-government".[17] In May 2008, the United Nations' Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged colonial powers "to complete the decolonization process in every one of the remaining 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories".[18] This led the New Zealand Herald to comment that the United Nations was "apparently frustrated by two failed attempts to get Tokelau to vote for independence from New Zealand".[19]


A lack of population and landmass is an issue for at least one territory included on the list: the British overseas territory Pitcairn Islands. With a population of around 50 and a total area of 47 km2 (18.1 sq mi), it is too small to be realistically viable as an independent state.[20][failed verification] Four other territories—Tokelau, Montserrat, the Falkland Islands and Saint Helena—are less populous than any UN member state presently.

In addition, some territories are financially dependent on their administering state.

Completely autonomous dependencies

  Currently listed territories
  Formerly listed territories

Another criticism is that a number of the listed territories, such as Bermuda (see Politics of Bermuda), the Falkland Islands[21] and Gibraltar,[22][23][24][25] consider themselves completely autonomous and self-governing, with the "administering power" retaining limited oversight over matters such as defence and diplomacy.[citation needed] In past years, there were ongoing disputes between some administering powers and the Decolonization Committee over whether territories such as pre-independence Brunei and the West Indies Associated States should still be considered "non-self-governing", particularly in instances where the administering country was prepared to grant full independence whenever the territory requested it. These disputes became moot as those territories eventually received full independence.

Removed under other circumstances

Territories that have achieved a status described by the administering countries as internally self-governing – such as Puerto Rico, the Netherlands Antilles, and the Cook Islands – have been removed from the list by vote of the General Assembly,[citation needed] often under pressure of the administering countries.

Some territories that have been annexed and incorporated into the legal framework of the controlling state (such as the overseas regions of France) are considered by the UN to have been decolonized, since they then no longer constitute "non-self-governing" entities; their populations are assumed to have agreed to merge with the former parent state. However, in 1961, the General Assembly voted to end this treatment for the "overseas provinces" of Portugal such as Angola and Mozambique, which were active focus of United Nations attention until they attained independence in the mid-1970s.

Territories have also been removed for other reasons. In 1972, for example, Hong Kong (then administered by the United Kingdom) and Macau (then administered by Portugal) were removed from the list at the request of the People's Republic of China, which had just been recognized as holding China's seat at the United Nations due to the PRC's belief that their status should be resolved by bilateral negotiations.[26]

Change of status

On 2 December 1986, New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France, was reinstated on the list of non-self-governing territories, an action to which France objected. Within France it has had the status of a collectivité sui generis, or a one-of-a-kind community, since 1999. Under the 1998 Nouméa Accord, its Territorial Congress had the right to call for three referendums on independence between 2014 and 2018. The first referendum was held on 4 November 2018, with independence being rejected.

French Polynesia was also reinstated on the list on 17 May 2013, in somewhat contentious circumstances. Having been re-elected President of French Polynesia in 2011 (leader of local government), Oscar Temaru asked for it to be re-inscribed on the list; it had been removed in 1947. (French Polynesia is categorised by France as an overseas country, in recognition of its self-governing status.) During the year 2012, Oscar Temaru engaged in intense lobbying with the micro-states of Oceania, many of which, the Solomon Islands, Nauru and Tuvalu, submitted to the UN General Assembly a draft of a resolution to affirm "the inalienable right of the population of French Polynesia to self-determination and independence".

On 5 May 2013, Temaru's Union for Democracy party lost the legislative election to Gaston Flosse's pro-autonomy but anti-independence Tahoera'a Huiraatira party; obtaining only 11 seats against the party of Gaston Flosse, with 38 seats, and the autonomist party A Ti'a Porinetia with 8 seats.

At this stage, the United Nations General Assembly was due to discuss French Polynesia's re-inscription on the list twelve days later, in accordance with a motion tabled by Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Nauru. On 16 May, the Assembly of French Polynesia, with its new anti-independence majority, adopted a motion asking the United Nations not to restore the country to the list. On 17 May, despite French Polynesia's and France's opposition, the country was restored to the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories. Temaru was present for the vote, on the final day of his mandate as President. The United Nations affirmed "the inalienable right of the people of French Polynesia to self-determination and independence".

A few hours before the UN review of the resolution, during its first meeting, the new Territorial Assembly adopted by 46 votes to 10 a "resolution" expressing the desire of Polynesians to maintain their autonomy within the French Republic. In spite of this resolution adopted by the parties representing 70% of the Polynesian voters, the UN General Assembly inscribed French Polynesia on the list of the territories to be decolonized during its plenary assembly of 17 May 2013. France did not take part in this session while the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom disassociated themselves from this resolution.[27][28]

List not complete

Also controversial are the criteria set down in 1960 to 1961 by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1514 (XV),[29] United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1541 (XV), Principle 12 of the Annex,[30] and United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1654 (XVI)[31] which only focused on colonies of the Western world, namely Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This list of administering states was not expanded afterwards.[32]

Nevertheless, some of the 111 members who joined the UN after 1960 gained independence from countries not covered by Resolution 1541 and were themselves not classified as "Non-Self-Governing Territories" by the UN. Of these that joined the UN between 1960 and 2008, 11 were independent before 1960 and 71 were included on the list (some as a group). Twenty new UN countries resulted from breakup of Second World states: six were part of Yugoslavia, two were part of Czechoslovakia, and 12 were part of the Soviet Union (Ukraine and Belarus already had UN seats before the dissolution of the USSR, whose seat was reused by the Russian Federation without acceding anew). Out of the other nine, seven[which?] (mostly Arab) were colonies or protectorates of the "Western" countries, and one each was a non-self-governing part of Ethiopia (later independent Eritrea) and Pakistan (East Pakistan, later independent Bangladesh). Territories like Tibet (administered by China) and Siberia (or parts thereof; administered by the Soviet Union, later by Russia) have never been on the list. Western New Guinea (also known as West Papua), which was ceded to Indonesia, is also not on the list as well as Sarawak and Sabah, which were handed to Malaya during its territorial expansion through the formation of Malaysia in 1963. In 2018, the government of Vanuatu started seeking international support to have West Papua added to the list in 2019.[33][34]

Current entries

The following 17 territories are currently included on the list.[35]

Territory Administering state Domestic legal status Other claimant(s) Population Area Referendums See also
 American Samoa  United States Unincorporated unorganized territory None 55,519 200 km2 (77 mi2) No official referendum has been held. Politics of American Samoa
 Anguilla United Kingdom Overseas Territory None 14,108 96 km2 (37 mi2) No official referendum has been held. Politics of Anguilla
 Bermuda United Kingdom Overseas Territory None 62,000 57 km2 (22 mi2) A 1995 Bermudian independence referendum was held. 74% of votes cast were against independence. Politics of Bermuda
 British Virgin Islands United Kingdom Overseas Territory None 28,103 153 km2 (59 mi2) No official referendum has been held. Politics of the British Virgin Islands
 Cayman Islands United Kingdom Overseas Territory None 55,500 264 km2 (102 mi2) No official referendum has been held. Foreign relations of the Cayman Islands
 Falkland Islands United Kingdom Disputed  Argentina 2,500 12,173 km2 (4,700 mi2) Two referendums have been held in 1986 and 2013 on whether the Falklands should join Argentina. On both occasions, voters chose overwhelmingly for continued British control. Falkland Islands sovereignty dispute
 French Polynesia[A]  France Overseas country None 271,000 4,000 km2 (1,544 mi2) No official referendum has been held. Politics of French Polynesia
 Gibraltar United Kingdom Disputed  Spain 29,752 6 km2 (2 mi2) There were referendums in 1967 and in 2002, both returning an overwhelming victory for the pro-British side. Status of Gibraltar
 Guam  United States Unincorporated organized territory None 159,358 540 km2 (208 mi2) Three status referendums have been held, one in 1976 and two in 1982 (one in January and the other in September), with all three of them supporting an improved Commonwealth status under U.S. control. Politics of Guam
 Montserrat United Kingdom Overseas Territory None 5,000 103 km2 (40 mi2) No official referendum has been held. Government of Montserrat
 New Caledonia  France Sui generis collectivity None 252,000 18,575 km2 (7,172 mi2) There were referendums in 1987, 2018, 2020, and 2021, all deciding against independance. Politics of New Caledonia
 Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands United Kingdom Overseas Territory None 50 36 km2 (14 mi2) No official referendum has been held. Politics of the Pitcairn Islands
 Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha United Kingdom Overseas Territory None 5,396 310 km2 (120 mi2) No official referendum has been held. Politics of Saint Helena
 Tokelau New Zealand Territory None 1,411 12 km2 (5 mi2) There were two referendums on self-determination in Tokelau in 2006 and 2007, with both coming just shy of the required two-thirds "yes" margin. Politics of Tokelau
 Turks and Caicos Islands United Kingdom Overseas Territory None 31,458 948 km2 (366 mi2) No official referendum has been held. Politics of the Turks and Caicos Islands
Western Sahara[B]  Spain
Disputed  Morocco
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
619,060 266,000 km2 (102,703 mi2) The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara has attempted to organize a referendum since 1991, but none has been held so far. Political status of Western Sahara
 United States Virgin Islands  United States Unincorporated organized territory None 106,405 352 km2 (136 mi2) A 1993 United States Virgin Islands status referendum was held. The status quo was widely preferred among voters, but the result was invalidated because of the low turnout.[38] Politics of the United States Virgin Islands


  1. ^ On 18 May 2013, the United Nations General Assembly voted to place French Polynesia back on the list.[36]
  2. ^ Formerly the Spanish Sahara up to 1976, disputed[37] between Morocco, which controls 80% of the territory and administers it as an integral part of its national territory, and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, which controls and administers the remaining 20% as the "Liberated territories". The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara is the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the territory.

Former entries

The following territories were originally listed by UN General Assembly Resolution 66 (I) of 14 December 1946 as Trust and Non-Self-Governing Territory. The dates show the year of independence or other change in a territory's status which led to their removal from the list,[39] after which information was no longer submitted to the United Nations.[40]

Change in status by administering state

Trust / Territory[40] Change in status[40] Current status Administering state[40] Population Area / km2 Area / mi2 Year removed[40] See also
 Alaska Granted statehood U.S. state  United States 683,478 1,700,130 656,424 1959 Legal status of Alaska
 British Hong Kong Removed from the list on request of China[26] Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (since 1 July 1997):
 Hong Kong
United Kingdom 7,018,636 1,092 422 1972 Politics of Hong Kong
 Cocos (Keeling) Islands Voted to integrate into Australia External territory of Australia  Australia 596 14 5 1984 Shire of Cocos
 Cook Islands Gained self-rule State in free association with New Zealand New Zealand 12,271 237 92 1965 Politics of the Cook Islands
 Dutch Guiana Granted more autonomy  Suriname  Netherlands 475,996 163,270 63,039 1955 Politics of Suriname
 French Guiana Became an overseas department (full integration with the French Republic) Overseas department and region of France  France 209,000 83,534 32,253 1947 Politics of French Guiana
 French Polynesia[a] Became an overseas territory (semi-autonomous collectivity of the French Republic) Overseas country of France:
 French Polynesia

Overseas state private property of France:
Flag of Clipperton Island.svg Clipperton Island

Overseas collectivity of France:
 Wallis and Futuna
 France 298,256 4,441 1,715 1947 Politics of French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna
 Greenland Incorporated into Denmark as Greenland County (1953). Gained home rule as a Country within the Kingdom of Denmark (1979). Increased autonomy (2009). Autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark[41][42] Denmark 57,564 2,166,086 836,330 1954 Politics of Greenland
 Guadeloupe Became an overseas department (full integration with the French Republic) Overseas department and region of France:

Overseas collectivities of France:
 Saint Barthélemy
Saint Martin
 France 408,000 1,628 629 1947 Politics of Guadeloupe, Saint Barthélemy, and Saint Martin
 Hawaii Granted statehood U.S. state  United States 1,283,388 28,311 10,931 1959 Legal status of Hawaii
 Martinique Became an overseas department (full integration with the French Republic) Overseas department and region of France  France 401,000 1,128 436 1947 Politics of Martinique
 Netherlands Antilles Granted more autonomy Constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:
 Sint Maarten

Special municipalities of the Netherlands:
 Sint Eustatius
 Netherlands 225,369 960 371 1955 Politics of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and the Netherlands Antilles
 New Caledonia[b] Became an overseas territory (semi-autonomous collectivity of the French Republic) Sui generis collectivity of France  France 224,824 19,060 7,359 1947 Politics of New Caledonia
 Niue Gained self-rule State in free association with New Zealand New Zealand 1,444 260 100 1974 Politics of Niue
 Northern Mariana Islands Became a Commonwealth Unincorporated territory of the United States with Commonwealth status  United States 53,883 168 65 1990 Politics of the Northern Mariana Islands
 Panama Canal Zone Removed from the list on request of Panama[citation needed] Part of Colón, Panamá, and Panamá Oeste provinces of Panama  United States 1947 Politics of Panama
Flag of the Government of Portuguese Macau (1976–1999).svg Portuguese Macau Removed from the list on request of China[26] Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (since 20 December 1999):
 Portugal 545,674 28 11 1972 Politics of Macau
 Puerto Rico Became a Commonwealth Unincorporated territory of the United States with Commonwealth status  United States 3,958,128 8,870 3,420 1952 Political status of Puerto Rico
 Réunion Became an overseas department (full integration with the French Republic) Overseas department and region of France  France 793,000 2,512 970 1947 Politics of Réunion
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon Became an overseas territory (semi-autonomous collectivity of the French Republic) Overseas collectivity of France  France 7,044 242 93 1947 Politics of Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Joined another state

Non-self-governing territory[40] State joined[40] Current status Administering state Population Area / km2 Area / mi2 Year removed[40] See also
British Cameroons Northern Cameroons joined Nigeria
Southern Cameroons joined Cameroon
Adamawa and Taraba states of Nigeria, Northwest and Southwest provinces of Cameroon  United Kingdom 1961 Politics of Nigeria
Politics of Cameroon
Spain Ifni Integrated into Morocco Sidi Ifni, Guelmim-Oued Noun, Morocco  Spain 51,517 1,502 580 1969 Politics of Morocco
 Portuguese India Annexed by India The Indian state of Goa and the union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and of Daman and Diu  Portugal 1961 Annexation of Goa
France French India Integrated into India Puducherry union territory and Chandannagar of West Bengal state of India  France 973,829 492 190 1947 Coup d'état of Yanaon, Puducherry Legislative Assembly
 Netherlands New Guinea Integrated into Indonesia as Irian Jaya Papua and West Papua provinces of Indonesia  Netherlands 420,540 162,371 1963 Act of Free Choice
North Borneo Integrated into Malaya to form Malaysia[43] Malaysian state of Sabah and the federal territory of Labuan  United Kingdom 285,000 76,115 29,388 1963 Malaysia Agreement[43]
Portugal São João Batista de Ajuda Integrated into the Republic of Dahomey (now Benin) Ouidah commune, Atlantique department, Benin  Portugal 1961 Politics of Benin
Colony of Sarawak Integrated into Malaya to form Malaysia[43] Malaysian state of Sarawak  United Kingdom 546,385 124,450 48,050 1963 Malaysia Agreement[43]
United Kingdom British Togoland Joined British Gold Coast colony Volta, Northern and Upper East regions of Ghana  United Kingdom 1957 Foreign relations of Ghana


Non-self-governing territory[40] Sub-unit
(Independent as)[40] Administering state Population Area / km2 Area / mi2 Year removed[40] See also
Aden Colony Aden Protectorate  South Yemen  United Kingdom 285,192 111,013 1967 Yemeni unification in 1990
France French Algeria  Algeria  France 1962
 Portuguese Angola Angola Angola  Portugal 1,246,700 481,354 1975 Including the enclave of Cabinda
 British Leeward Islands Antigua  Antigua and Barbuda  United Kingdom 1981
 Bahamas  The Bahamas  United Kingdom 13,878 5,358 1973
 Barbados  Barbados  United Kingdom 431 167 1966
Basutoland  Lesotho  United Kingdom 30,355 12,727 1966
 Bechuanaland Protectorate  Botswana  United Kingdom 1966
 Brunei  Brunei Darussalam  United Kingdom 5,765 2,220 1984
France French Cameroun  Cameroon  France 1960 Trust Territory
 Portuguese Cape Verde  Cape Verde  Portugal 4,033 1,557 1975
 Belgian Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo Léopoldville  Belgium 16,610,000[44] 2,344,858 905,355 1960
Cyprus British Cyprus  Cyprus  United Kingdom 9,251 3,572 1960
 Dutch East Indies  Indonesia (excluding Western New Guinea)  Netherlands 1950
Indonesia East Timor  East Timor  Indonesia 688,711 15,007 5,794 2002 Politics of East Timor
Portugal Portuguese Timor  Indonesia  Portugal 15,007 5,794 2002 Indonesian occupation of East Timor
 French Equatorial Africa France French Congo  Republic of the Congo  France 1960
 French Equatorial Africa France French Gabon  Gabon  France 1960
 French Equatorial Africa France Ubangi Shari  Central African Republic  France 1960
 French Equatorial Africa France French Chad  Chad  France 1960
Fiji Fiji Islands  Fiji  United Kingdom 1970
Flag of The Gambia (1889–1965).svg Gambia Colony and Protectorate  The Gambia  United Kingdom 10,380 4,007 1965
 Gilbert and Ellice Islands  Kiribati  United Kingdom 1979
 Gilbert and Ellice Islands  Tuvalu  United Kingdom 1978
 Gold Coast  Ghana  United Kingdom 1957
 British Guiana  Guyana  United Kingdom 1966

 Portuguese Guinea  Guinea-Bissau  Portugal 36,125 13,948 1974
 Spanish Guinea  Equatorial Guinea  Spain 28,051 10,828 1968
 British Honduras  Belize  United Kingdom 145,000[45] 22,966 8,867 1981
 French Indochina Cambodia Cambodia  France 1953
 French Indochina  Kingdom of Laos  France 1949
 French Indochina North Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam  France 1945 Vietnamese unification in 1976
 French Indochina South Vietnam State of Vietnam  France 1949 Vietnamese unification in 1976
Jamaica Colony of Jamaica  Jamaica  United Kingdom 11,100 4,444 1962
Kenya Colony of Kenya  Kenya  United Kingdom 1963 Formed by the unification of the Colony of Kenya and the Kenya Protectorate
 British Leeward Islands  Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla  St. Kitts and Nevis  United Kingdom 1983 Separated from Anguilla, which is still a non-self-governing territory
France French Madagascar  Comoros  France 1975
France French Madagascar  Madagascar  France 1960
 Malayan Union  Federation of Malaya  United Kingdom 132,364 51,106 1957 Later became Malaysia
Malta Colony of Malta  Malta  United Kingdom 316 121 1964
Mauritius British Mauritius  Mauritius  United Kingdom 2,040 787 1968
Morocco French protectorate of Morocco  Morocco  France 1956
 Portuguese Mozambique  Mozambique  Portugal 7,300,000[46] 784,955 303,073 1975
Civil Ensign of Australia.svg Trust Territory of Nauru  Nauru  Australia 21 8 1968
 New Hebrides  Vanuatu United KingdomFrance Anglo-French Condominium 100,000[47] 12,189 4,706 1980
Nigeria British Nigeria  Nigeria  United Kingdom 1960
 Northern Rhodesia  Zambia  United Kingdom 3,545,200[48] 752,618 290,587 1964
 Nyasaland  Malawi  United Kingdom 752,618 290,587 1964
 Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands  Marshall Islands  United States 68,000 180 70 1990 Independent states in free association with the United States
 Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands  Federated States of Micronesia  United States 111,000 702 271 1990 Independent states in free association with the United States
 Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands  Palau  United States 20,956 459 177 1994 Independent states in free association with the United States
Flag of Papua New Guinea 1970.svg Territory of Papua and New Guinea  Papua New Guinea  Australia 1975
Belgium Ruanda-Urundi  Burundi  Belgium 1962
Belgium Ruanda-Urundi  Rwanda  Belgium 1962
Portugal Portuguese São Tomé and Príncipe  São Tomé and Príncipe  Portugal 1,001 372 1975
 Seychelles  Seychelles  United Kingdom 451 174 1976
Flag of Sierra Leone 1916-1961.gif Sierra Leone Colony and Protectorate  Sierra Leone  United Kingdom 71,740 27,699 1961
Singapore Singapore  Federation of Malaya  United Kingdom 4,608,167 693 268 1963 Singapore first became a state of Malaysia in 1963, before becoming independent in 1965.
Solomon Islands British Solomon Islands  Solomon Islands  United Kingdom 28,896 11,157 1978
 British Somaliland Somalia State of Somaliland  United Kingdom 1960 Joined the Trust Territory of Somalia within a week to form Somalia
 French Somaliland  Djibouti  France 200,000[49] 23,200 8,958 1977
Trust Territory of Somaliland  Somalia  Italy 1960 Joined the State of Somaliland to form Somalia
South Africa South West Africa  Namibia  South Africa 2,088,669 825,418 318,696 1990 Foreign relations of Namibia
 Southern Rhodesia  Zimbabwe  United Kingdom 6,930,000[50] 390,580 150,804 1980
 Swaziland  Swaziland  United Kingdom 17,364 6,704 1968
Flag of Tanganyika (1923–1961).svg Tanganyika  Tanganyika  United Kingdom 1963 Trust Territory. Later joined with the People's Republic of Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, now Tanzania
Togo French Togoland  Togo  France 1960 Trust Territory
 Trinidad and Tobago  Trinidad and Tobago  United Kingdom 5,128 1,978 1962
French Tunisia  Tunisia  France 163,610 63,170 1956
Uganda Uganda Protectorate  Uganda  United Kingdom 1962
 French West Africa  French Sudan  Ivory Coast  France 1960
 French West Africa  French Sudan  Mali  France 1960
 French West Africa  French Sudan  Mauritania  France 1960
 French West Africa France French Guinea  Guinea  France 1958
 French West Africa France French Dahomey  Dahomey  France 1960
 French West Africa France Colony of Niger  Niger  France 1960
 French West Africa France Colony of Niger  Senegal  France 1960
 French West Africa France Colony of Niger  Upper Volta  France 1960
Flag of the Samoa Trust Territory.svg Western Samoa Trust Territory  Western Samoa  New Zealand 1962
 British Windward Islands  Dominica  United Kingdom 1978
 British Windward Islands  Grenada  United Kingdom 1974
 British Windward Islands  St. Lucia  United Kingdom 1979
 British Windward Islands  St. Vincent and the Grenadines  United Kingdom 1979
 Sultanate of Zanzibar  Kenya  United Kingdom 1963 The Dominion of Kenya was formed by the unification of the Colony of Kenya and the Protectorate of Kenya; the protectorate, a ten-mile-wide (16 km) coastal strip (Mwambao), had been under Zanzibari sovereignty and administered by the UK[51]
 Sultanate of Zanzibar  Zanzibar  United Kingdom 2,643 1,020 1963 The British protectorate over the Sultanate of Zanzibar was terminated in 1963 and the state was admitted to the UN; in 1964, the sultan was deposed and the People's Republic of Zanzibar was proclaimed; later that year, it joined with the Republic of Tanganyika to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, now Tanzania

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  45. ^ 1980 estimate, see: British Honduras#Demographics
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  47. ^ 1976 estimate
  48. ^ 1963 estimate, see: Northern Rhodesia#Demographics
  49. ^ 1963 estimate
  50. ^ 1978 estimate
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