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Yearbook of the United Nations 1994

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The Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Based on official UN documents, the Yearbook provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.

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Trusteeship and decolonization

The year 1994 was significant in the history of the United Nations efforts to eliminate colonialism. With the successful plebiscite in Palau for a Compact of Free Association with the United States, the last remaining Trust Territory under the International Trusteeship System achieved independence in October. In December, Palau was admitted to membership in the United Nations. The Trusteeship Council, composed of China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, resumed its sixtieth session on 18 January and held its sixty-first session in New York on 24 and 25 May and on 1 November. With Palau’s attainment of self-determination, the Council effectively completed the work entrusted to it under the United Nations Charter.

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