By this decision, contained in resolution 1514 (XV), the United Nations gave fresh impetus to a historic development: the attainment, during the life of the Organization, of sovereign independence by some 50 dependent Territories, including United Nations Trust Territories. Some 40 of them have achieved independence since the Declaration was adopted.
Despite the great progress made against colonialism, however, more than 3 million people are still under alien rule 25 years after the adoption of the Declaration. The United Nations continues its efforts to help achieve self-determination and Independence in the remaining dependent Territories.
The Declaration laid emphasis on the following plan of action for its full implementation: Member States shall do their utmost to promote, in the United Nations and the specialised agencies and other organizations within the United Nations system, effective measures for the full implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, contained in General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960, in all Trust Territories and Non-Self-Governing Territories and other colonial Territories, irrespective of their size, including the adoption by the Security Council of necessary measures against Governments and regimes which engage in any form of repression of colonial peoples which would seriously impede the maintenance of international peace and security. To celebrate the 25 years of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, Pakistan Post Office is issuing one commemorative postage stamp of 60-Paisa denomination on December 14. 1985.