Trust Territory
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Trust Territory

Palau District Police greet the UN Visiting Mission to the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (1973)

United Nations trust territories were the successors of the remaining League of Nations mandates and came into being when the League of Nations ceased to exist in 1946. All of the trust territories were administered through the United Nations Trusteeship Council. The concept is distinct from a territory temporarily and directly governed by the United Nations.

The one territory not turned over was South-West Africa, which South Africa insisted remained under the League of Nations Mandate. South Africa's apartheid regime refused to commit to preparing the territory for independence and majority rule, as required by the trust territory guidelines, among other objections. South-West Africa eventually gained independence in 1990 as Namibia.

Trust territories (and administering powers)

UN trust territories by trustee
Modern successor states of UN trust territories
  Modern states composed solely of former trust territories
  Modern states composed partially of former trust territories

Former German Schutzgebiete

All these territories previously were League of Nations mandates.

Former German and Japanese colonies

Arrival of UN Visiting Mission in Majuro, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (1978). The sign reads "Please release us from the bondage of your trusteeship agreement."

These territories were also former League of Nations mandates.

Former Italian possessions

Proposed trust territories


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