Resolution: Self-Determination

This is a yearly resolution introduced at the UN General Assembly whose title is similar to: “The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination”

Resolution in brief: Reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State of Palestine.

From 2000 to 2005, under Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin (both Liberal), Canada once abstained and otherwise voted "Yes" on this resolution. In 2006 under Stephen Harper (Conservative), Canada abstained on this resolution for five years, and then voted "No" for five years. In 2015, Justin Trudeau (Liberal) continued to vote "No" on this resolution until 2019, when Canada surprisingly voted "Yes," and continued this vote in 2020.

The 2019 version of this resolution can be found in .pdf here, on the UN website here, or copied below.

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 2019 [on the report of the Third Committee (A/74/398)]

74/139.    The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

        The General Assembly,

        Aware that the development of friendly relations among nations, based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, is among the purposes and principles of the United Nations, as defined in the Charter,

        Recalling, in this regard, its resolution 2625 (XXV) of 24 October 1970, entitled “Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations”,

        Bearing in mind the International Covenants on Human Rights,[1] the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,[2] the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples[3] and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993,[4]

        Recalling the Declaration on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations,[5]

        Recalling also the United Nations Millennium Declaration,[6]

        Recalling further the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,[7] and noting in particular the reply of the Court, including on the right of peoples to self-determination, which is a right erga omnes,[8]

        Recalling the conclusion of the Court, in its advisory opinion of 9 July 2004, that the construction of the wall by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, along with measures previously taken, severely impedes the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,[9]

        Stressing the urgency of achieving without delay an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, based on the relevant resolutions of the United Nations, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative[10] and the Quartet road map to a permanent two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,[11]

        Stressing also the need for respect for and preservation of the territorial unity, contiguity and integrity of all of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and recalling in this regard its resolution 58/292 of 6 May 2004,

        Recalling its resolution 73/158 of 17 December 2018,

        Recalling also its resolution 67/19 of 29 November 2012,

        Affirming the right of all States in the region to live in peace within secure and internationally recognized borders,

  1. Reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State of Palestine;
  2. Urges all States and the specialized agencies and organizations of the United Nations system to continue to support and assist the Palestinian people in the early realization of their right to self-determination.


50th plenary meeting
18 December 2019



        [1] Resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.

        [2] Resolution 217 A (III).

        [3] Resolution 1514 (XV).

        [4] A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. III.

        [5] Resolution 50/6.

        [6] Resolution 55/2.

        [7] See A/ES‑10/273 and A/ES‑10/273/Corr.1.

        [8] Ibid., advisory opinion, para. 88.

        [9] Ibid., para. 122.

      [10] A/56/1026‑S/2002/932, annex II, resolution 14/221.

      [11] S/2003/529, annex.