The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, says the UN has to do more to reach the goal of eradicating colonisation.
Speaking at the Carribbean Regional Seminar on Decolonisation, which opened on Tuesday in Nicaragua's capital Managua, Ban Ki-moon noted that since 1945, the number of territories on the decolonisation list had gone from 80 to 17.
The five Pacific countries on the UN Committee of Non Self-Governing Territories are American Samoa, Guam, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Tokelau and Pitcairn Island.
Ban Ki-moon urged all participants at the seminar to find concrete and implementable steps that could help eradicate colonialism before the end of 2020.
In 2011 in Auckland, Ban Ki-moon said in a press conference that the UN will look to inscribe West Papua on the decolonisation list, however he later backtracked on the statement.