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UN member state admissions, 1945-2018

Source: United Nations,


This document traces the chronology of the 193 current member states’ admission to the United Nations. From the 1960s, the new entrants largely reflected the independence of most African states (decolonization) but also the situation in Central Asia (collapse of the USSR) and the Balkans (the break-up of Yugoslavia).

The “non-members” remain: on the one hand the observers (Vatican, Palestine), and on the other those territories whose status is still ill-defined (Western Sahara, Taiwan, Kosovo).


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