The United Nations has assumed the duty, under Chapters XII and XIII of the Charter, of establishing a system of international trusteeship, the basic objectives of which are set forth in Article 76 of the Charter as follows:

"(a) to further international peace and security;

(b) to promote the political, economic, social and educational advancement of the inhabitants of the trust territories, and their progressive development towards self-government or independence as may be appropriate to the particular circumstances of each territory and its peoples and the freely expressed wishes of the peoples concerned, and as may be provided by the terms of each trusteeship agreement;

(c) to encourage respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion, and to encourage recognition of the inter-dependence of the peoples of the world; and

(d) to ensure equal treatment in social, economic, and commercial matters for all Members of the United Nations and their nationals, and also equal treatment for the latter in the administration of justice, without prejudice to the attainment of the foregoing objectives and subject to the provisions of Article 80".

Any delay in putting into effect the system of international trusteeship prevents the implementation of the principles of the trusteeship system, as declared in the Charter, and deprives the populations of such territories as may be brought under the trusteeship system of the opportunity of enjoying the advantages arising from the implementation of these principles.

Under Article 77 of the Charter there are three categories of territories to which the trusteeship system applies, two of which are

for the time being uncertain (namely those referred to in (b) and (c) of Article 77). Immediate action can be taken only in respect of territories under mandate (namely those referred to in (a) of Article 77).

Article 80 of the Charter provides that here shall be no delay or postponement of the negotiation and conclusion of agreements for placing mandated and other territories under the trusteeship system as provided for in Article 77.

The trusteeship system of the Charter cannot immediately be brought into being without the close cooperation of the Members of the United Nations now administering the territories under mandates.

Chapters XI, XII, and XIII of the Charter recognize the problem of the non-self-governing peoples as of vital concern to the peace and general welfare of the world community.


The Fourth Committee recommends that the general assembly adopt the following resolution.

The United Nations meeting in their First General Assembly are keenly aware of the problems and aspirations of the inhabitants of the non-self-governing territories who are not directly represented here. The General Assembly recalls with satisfaction the profound concern of the Charter for them.

By Chapter XI the Members of the Organization which have or assume responsibilities for the administration of non-self-governing territories accept, as a sacred trust, various obligations, including the obligation to develop self-government and to assist the inhabitants in the progressive development of their free political institutions. By Chapters XII and XIII provision is made for the establishment of an international trusteeship system for the purpose, among others, of promoting the progressive development towards self-government or independence of the peoples of trust territories.

/recognize the principle that the interests of the inhabitants of these territories are paramount. They



With respect to the International Trusteeship System (Chapters XII and XIII): The General Assembly regrets that it cannot, at this First Part of its First Session, establish the Trusteeship Council. This is not because of any lack of desire to do so, but because, before a Trusteeship Council can be established, trusteeship agreements musty be concluded.

The General Assembly notes with satisfaction the expressed intention of certain Members to proceed forthwith to negotiate agreements for placing under the trusteeship system territories which are administered under League of Nations mandate.

The General Assembly of the United Nations calls on the states administering territories under League of Nations mandate to undertake all practical steps, in concert with the other states directly concerned, for the implementation of Article 79 of the Charter (which provides for the conclusion of agreements on the terms of trusteeship for each territory to be placed under the trusteeship system), in order to submit these agreements for approval preferably not later than during the Second Part of the First Session of the General Assembly.

With respect to the Declaration regarding non-self-governing territories (Chapter XI): The General Assembly [insert A] [insert B]

The General Assembly expresses the hope that the progressive realization of the objectives of Chapter XI, XII, and XIII will make possible the attainment of the legitimate aspirations of non-self-governing peoples.

(words underlined are new and constitute suggested changes.)

In conclusion