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United Nations Trust Territory

Not to be confused with United Nations protectorate.
For the United States trust territory, see Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

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 one territory not turned over was South-West Africa, which South Africa insisted remained under the League of Nations Mandate, and which eventually gained independence in 1990 as Namibia. The main objection was that the trust territory guidelines required that the lands be prepared for independence and majority rule.

The concept is distinct from a United Nations protectorate, a temporary government under direct UN administration.

Trust territories (and administering powers)

Former German Schutzgebiete

All these territories previously were League of Nations mandates.

Former German and/or Japanese colonies

These territories were also former League of Nations mandates.

Former Italian possessions

Proposed trust territories

  • Korea: In wartime talks, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed that Korea be placed under an American–Soviet trust administration. The plan was eclipsed after Roosevelt's death on 12 April 1945, although it was expressed in the December Moscow Conference, and caused considerable civil unrest in Korea.[1]



  • The United Nations and Decolonization: Trust Territories that Have Achieved Self-Determination
  • WorldStatesmen- links to each present nation

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