United Nations

A/50/519


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

13 November 1995

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 95 (c)


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION:
UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS (HABITAT II)

Preparations for the United Nations Conference on Human
Settlements (Habitat II)

Report of the Secretary-General


I.  INTRODUCTION

1.   By its  resolution 47/180  of 22  December 1992,  the General  Assembly
decided to convene a second United  Nations Conference on Human  Settlements
(Habitat  II),  to  be  held  at Istanbul  from  3  to  14  June  1996,  and
established a  preparatory committee, open  to participation  by all  Member
States, to  oversee preparations for the  Conference.   In resolution 49/109
of 19  December 1994,  the General Assembly requested  the Secretary-General
of  the United Nations,  in consultation  with the  Secretary-General of the
Conference,  to  report  to the  Assembly  at its  fiftieth  session on  the
progress  made  in the  preparations  for  the  Conference,  including   the
implementation  of  resolution 49/109.    The  present report  is  submitted
pursuant to that request.

2.   In addition  to a  report on  the progress  of work of  the Preparatory
Committee,  as  requested in  General  Assembly  resolution  49/109,  Member
States  may also  wish  to have  a  summary  account  of activities  by  the
Secretariat,  so  as to  obtain  a  comprehensive  overview  of progress  in
preparing for the Conference. Accordingly, annexed  to the present report is
a summary status report of the activities of  the Secretariat related to the
preparations for the Conference. The present  report should also be reviewed
in conjunction with the  report of the Preparatory  Committee to the General
Assembly at its  fiftieth session, 1/  which contains  a detailed record  of
work  and the decisions  taken by  the Preparatory  Committee at  its second
substantive session, held  at the United Nations  Office at Nairobi from  24
April to 5 May 1995.




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3.  The United  Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) aims to
address pressing human  settlements issues  and problems within the  overall
context of sustainable development and has the following main objectives:

  (a)   In  the  long term,  to arrest  the  deterioration of  global  human
settlements conditions  and ultimately create  the conditions for  achieving
improvements in  the  living environment  of  all  people on  a  sustainable
basis, with special  attention to the needs  and contributions of  women and
vulnerable  social  groups,  whose quality  of  life  and  participation  in
development  have been  hampered by exclusion and  inequality, affecting the
poor in general;

  (b)   To  adopt a  general  statement  of principles  and commitments  and
formulate a related global  plan of action capable  of guiding national  and
international efforts through the first two decades of the next century.

4.  In addition, the General Assembly affirmed that the Conference should:

  (a)     Review  trends   in  human  settlements  policies  and  programmes
undertaken  to implement  the  recommendations adopted  at the  first United
Nations  Conference  on Human  Settlements,  held  at Vancouver,  Canada, in
1976; 2/

  (b)    Conduct a  mid-term  review  of  the implementation  of  the Global
Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000; 3/

  (c)    Review  the implementation  of  Agenda  21 with  respect  to  human
settlements;

  (d)  Review  current global trends in  economic and social  development as
they relate  to human settlements,  and include  recommendations for  future
actions at the national and international levels.


II.  SUMMARY OF PROGRESS OF PREPARATORY ACTIVITIES

A.  Progress made during the inter-sessional period

5.   In  conformity  with the  decisions and  recommendation adopted  by the
Preparatory Committee at its first substantive  session, held at Geneva from
11 to 22 April 1994, the Secretariat accelerated and broadened the scope  of
its work  in  three  main  areas:    (a)  the  preparation  of  reviews  and
substantive documents for the  second substantive session of the Preparatory
Committee;  (b)  the provision  of  guidelines  and  assistance to  national
committees  in  the preparation  of  their  national  reports  and plans  of
action;  and (c)  the  creation  of public  awareness  of the  issues to  be
addressed  by  the  Conference  through  a   wide  array  of  regional   and
international activities.


B.  Second session of the Preparatory Committee

6.  The  Preparatory Committee held  its second substantive  session at  the
United Nations Office  at Nairobi from 24 April to 5 May 1995.   The session
was  attended  by the  representatives  of  122  States,  a delegation  from
Palestine,   13  United   Nations   programmes  and   organizations,   seven
specialized   agencies,   six   intergovernmental  organizations,   68  non-
governmental organizations and  representatives from local authorities.   At
its 1st plenary meeting, the Committee  elected Mr. E. Kouliev  (Azerbaijan)
as Vice-Chairman to replace Mr. Hassan  Aziz Ogly Hassanov (Azerbaijan), who
had been assigned by his Government to other duties, and Mr. H.  L. De Silva
(Sri  Lanka) as Vice-Chairman  to replace  Mr. Stanley  Kalpage (Sri Lanka),
who had been similarly assigned by his Government to other duties.

7.   The Preparatory Committee  took note of  the significant progress  made
since  its  first  session and  focused its  attention  on, inter  alia, the

substantive  and political aspects of the preparatory process, most notably:
(a) the plan of action of the Conference - the document entitled  "Statement
of principles  and commitments  and global  plan of  action"  - designed  to
guide  national  and international  efforts  in  the  field  of shelter  and
sustainable human settlements  development through the first two decades  of
the  next  century  (decision  II/8);  (b)  organizational  aspects  of  the
Conference  and  its rules  of  procedure  (decisions  II/3  and II/4);  (c)
preparations at  the national, regional  and international levels  (decision
II/5); and  (d) criteria  for nominating  and selecting  best practices  for
improving living environments (decision II/7).

8.   Regarding the  statement of  principles and commitments  and the global
plan of action, the  Preparatory Committee established  an informal  working
group to  tackle the  substantive issues  contained in  the draft  document.
This  group, in  turn, established  an informal  drafting group  to reach  a
preliminaryconsensus on thestructure andsubstantive contentof the document.

9.    The  discussions  and  debate  in  the  informal drafting  group  were
intensive and were marked  by wide and  active participation on the part  of
delegations,  reflecting  the  importance  of the  issues  addressed  by the
preparatory  process.  During the  negotiations,  significant  progress  was
achieved, and a consensus  reached, on the main  headings of the document to
contain the statement of  principles and commitments and  the global plan of
action,  as well as  on the  substantive content of its  four chapters:  (a)
Preamble; (b) Goals and principles; (c)  Commitments; and (d) Strategies for
implementation.

10.    Furthermore,  desirous  to review  a  draft document  as  complete as
possible  at  its  third  substantive  session,  the  Preparatory  Committee
decided that the informal drafting group might convene  for a maximum of two
meetings  during the inter-sessional  period to  continue work  on the draft
document.  The Preparatory Committee also  provided further guidance to  the
Secretariat on  harmonizing various portions  of the document already agreed
to.

11.  Regarding the  organizational aspects of the  Conference and its  rules
of procedure, the Committee  reached a consensus on provisions in the  rules
of procedure which would enable representatives  of local authorities to  be
invited to the Conference and to participate, without  the right of vote, in
its deliberations  on questions within  the scope  of their activities.   At
the same time,  the Committee adopted organizational arrangements that  will
allow  partners such  as local  authorities, non-governmental  organizations
and community-based organizations  and the private and professional  sectors
to contribute  to the  work of  the Conference  through committee  hearings,
following  the model  established for  the "World  Hearings on  Development"
convened by the President of the General Assembly in June 1994.

12.  Regarding preparations  at the national level, the Committee took  note
of the substantial progress  achieved since the  first substantive  session,
and  further strengthened  the best  practices initiative  on improving  the
living environment by further refining the  criteria for nomination and  the
format for reporting on best practices.   It also provided further  guidance
to  the Secretariat regarding  the constitution  of an  independent panel to
select  the most deserving  initiatives to  be given  special recognition at
the Conference.

13.  Furthermore, the Preparatory Committee,  in the light of the importance
of the Conference for improving global  human settlements conditions and for
reaching  major sustainable  development  objectives of  the  recently  held
conferences  on  children,  the  environment,  human  rights,  small  island
developing States,  population and social development,  as well  as those of
the Fourth World Conference on  Women, addressed the issue  of financing for
the Conference and its preparatory process.


C.  Progress made since the second substantive session

    of the Preparatory Committee                     

14.  The first  inter-sessional meeting of the  informal drafting group  for
the draft  statement of principles  and commitments and  the global plan  of
action was convened  at the United Nations Office  at Nairobi from 17 to  21
July 1995.  In addition  to the chair and the  core group representing their
respective regions, an additional  33 countries, five  United Nations system
entities and  intergovernmental  organizations,  two associations  of  local
authorities and  five non-governmental organizations  attended the  meeting.
The informal drafting group completed three  parts of chapter IV,  concerned
with  the global plan  of action,  of the document and  decided to convene a
second meeting of the group from 9 to 13 October 1995,  to be held in Paris,
upon the invitation of the Government of France.

15.  The  resulting draft document of  the first inter-sessional meeting  of
the informal  drafting  group  was  circulated to  all  Governments,  United
Nations programmes and organizations, specialized agencies  and a wide range
of organizations  representing key actors of  civil society  and partners in
the Conference's  preparatory process.   The  draft document  was also  made
available  to  the general  public  through  the  Internet.   Comments  were
received from all of the  above-mentioned organizations and institutions and
were distributed  to the informal drafting  group prior to its second inter-
sessional meeting in Paris.  The draft document  to emerge from this  second
inter-sessional meeting will be submitted for  review and negotiation to the
Preparatory Committee at its  third substantive session, to  be held in  New
York in February 1996.

16.   Efforts  were also  intensified  to  mobilize financial  resources  in
support of the preparatory process.   These efforts resulted in, inter alia,
substantial  incash  and in-kind  contributions  and  pledges by  public and
private  sector  foundations.    The  Secretariat  is  further  spearheading
efforts  to develop  sustainable financing strategies,  through partnerships
with the private sector, for the implementation of the plan  of action to be
approved  at the "City  Summit" in  Istanbul.  To support  the above effort,
the United Nations Centre for Human  Settlements (Habitat) has taken part in
the  organization  of a  series  of  regional  and  global consultations  on
financing strategies for housing and sustainable urban development.


III.  DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE

17.   At its  7th  plenary meeting,  on  5  May, the  Preparatory  Committee
adopted  a number of  decisions, the  importance and  implications of which,
for the  Conference and its preparatory  process, are analysed below.  These
decisions appear in the  report of the  Committee on its second  substantive
session. 1/ 


A.  Decisions requiring action by the General Assembly

Decision  II/1.    Financing  of  the  United  Nations  Conference  on Human
Settlements
                (Habitat II) and its preparatory activities                 
   
18.   The Preparatory Committee noted  with appreciation the in-cash and in-
kind support  provided  for the  preparations  for  the Conference  and,  in
particular, the contributions  made so far  to the  two Trust  Funds set  up
pursuant to General Assembly resolution 47/180.   However, it expressed  its
concern  that  the level  of  contributions  to the  Trust  Funds  had  been
insufficient  to  support   the  remaining  preparatory  activities.     The
Preparatory  Committee  therefore called  upon  all  Governments, especially
those of  the developed countries  and others in  a position to  do so,  and
international and  regional financial  institutions, to  increase their  in-
cash and in-kind contributions to the two Trust Funds.   It also called upon
the Secretary-General of the Conference to  explore all feasible avenues for
funding, including the private sector  and public foundations, and requested

the  General Assembly  to allocate within existing  United Nations budgetary
resources  sufficient  funds   to  cover  the  costs  of  general  temporary
assistance,   advisory  services,  secretariat  operations,  communications,
consultants,  information dissemination, and  miscellaneous expenses for the
period October 1995 to July 1996.

Implications

19.  As of  September 1995, two  thirds of  the cash resources required  for
the  preparatory process  of Habitat  II has  been mobilized.   Pursuant  to
Preparatory   Committee   decision  II/1,   the  Secretary-General   of  the
Conference  is   mobilizing  increasing  levels   of  in-cash  and   in-kind
contributions from the private sector and  public foundations.  In addition,
over and above the  cash contributions raised, a  substantial amount of  in-
kind   contributions  from   Governments,  agencies   and  foundations  have
considerably  strengthened  the  preparatory   process,  demonstrating   the
commitment  of  the international  community  to  the  preparatory  process.
However, the remaining  one-third in-cash contribution is still required  to
enable the Secretariat to undertake all the  planned activities, at least at
a  minimal  level,  including  support  to  developing and  least  developed
countries, as well  as countries with economies  in transition, in order  to
enable them to continue  with their broad-based  participatory processes  to
complete  their   national  reports   and  action   plans  and   participate
effectively in the preparatory process and the Conference itself.

Decision II/2.  Third session of the Preparatory Committee

20.  The Preparatory Committee, bearing  in mind General Assembly resolution
49/109, in  which, inter  alia, the  Assembly approved  a third  preparatory
session, of relatively short duration, in  early 1996, decided to  recommend
that  such third session be  held at United Nations  Headquarters, New York,
for a period of two weeks, in early February 1996.

Implications

21.  A third session  of this duration will allow sufficient time to  enable
the  Preparatory Committee  to finalize negotiations, reach  an agreement on
the  draft statement  of principles and  commitments and the  global plan of
action of the Conference  based on the work  of the informal  drafting group
during the inter-sessional period  and, further, inter  alia, on  priorities
identified by  Member States in the  course of  their respective preparatory
processes, while  taking  fully into  account  the  decisions of  the  major
United Nations conferences  held during 1995:   the World Summit for  Social
Development  and the  Fourth World  Conference  on  Women.   The Preparatory
Committee will also be  expected to reach an  agreement, inter alia,  on the
provisional   agenda  of   the  Conference.    The   Secretariat  is  making
preparations  for the  effective utilization  of the  opportunity created by
the third session of the Preparatory Committee.

Decision II/3.  Recommendations of the Preparatory Committee for the United
                Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) on the
                organization  of  work,  including   the  establishment   of
committees
                and procedural matters

22.  The Preparatory  Committee recommends to  the General Assembly, at  its
current  session, the adoption  of the  organization of  work, including the
establishment  of committees and procedural matters, for  the United Nations
Conference on Human  Settlements (Habitat II) as set  forth in the annex  to
decision II/3.   In recognition  of the fact that no  single group of actors
can effectively  solve the  world's shelter  and human  settlements problems
alone, the  Preparatory Committee further stressed  the need  for Habitat II
to become  a conference  of  partnerships, as  has  been  the case  for  the
preparatory  process at  the national,  regional and  international  levels.
These  partnerships  should  include  a  wide  exchange of  information  and
experiences  between  Member  States   and  representatives  designated   by

international  associations  consisting  of:    local authorities;  relevant
professionals; researchers  and academics;  non-governmental and  community-
based organizations;  youth organizations;  industry, commerce,  finance and
services;  trade  unions;   parliamentarians;  and  media  invited  to   the
Conference.   Also included are all  agencies, programmes and  organizations
of the  United Nations system,  which have been  called upon  to be actively
associated in the preparatory process of the Conference.

23.   In recognition of  the role and  contribution of  local authorities in
improving human settlements conditions and to sustainable human  settlements
development  in  an urbanizing  world,  the  Preparatory  Committee  further
recommends to the General  Assembly that it authorize a special modality for
local  authority   participation,  comparable  to   that  provided  to   the
representatives  of  national   human  rights  institutions  at  the   World
Conference  on Human Rights, held at Vienna from 14 to  25 June 1993, and to
the  representatives  of  selected  scientific  associations  at  the  World
Conference on  Natural Disaster Reduction held  at Yokohama,  Japan, from 23
to 27 May 1994.  Consequently, an additional  rule, rule 61, is added to the
provisional rules of procedure to provide the following:

"Representatives   of    local   authorities,   designated   by   accredited
international  associations  of   local  authorities  in  consultation  with
national associations  of local authorities, invited  to the Conference  may
participate,  without  the  right  to  vote,  in  the  deliberations  of the
Conference, its Main Committees and, as  appropriate, any other committee or
working group,  on questions within  the scope of  their activities.   Every
effort  shall  be made  to  make  the  representation  of local  authorities
balanced in terms of region, size and type of local authorities."

24.  The Preparatory Committee also recommends  to the General Assembly that
the  plenary session consist  of two  segments.  The first  segment, to take
place from 3 to 11 June  1996, will allow for a general exchange of views on
the main themes  of the Conference,  as will  be outlined  in the  annotated
agenda.   The second segment, from 12 to 14 June 1996, will be identified as
the "High-level  Segment"  and  will  provide  the  opportunity  for  "world
leaders  to commit themselves to making cities, towns  and villages in their
countries  healthy,  safe,  just  and sustainable",  as  encouraged  by  the
General Assembly  in paragraph  14 of  resolution 49/109.   Therefore,  this
segment should be  held "at the highest possible level of participation", as
recommended  by  the General  Assembly  in  paragraph  1  of its  resolution
47/180,   and  as   reaffirmed  in   paragraph  5   of  resolution   49/109.
Consequently,  Member  States  are  encouraged  to be  represented  at  this
segment by their heads  of State or heads  of Government, or their highlevel
appointees,  who  could present  specific  commitments  on  behalf of  their
respective Governments.

25.  The Preparatory  Committee further recommends that  Committee 2 of  the
Conference, composed  of the representatives  of Member  States, will ensure
broadbased  participation by  conducting  hearings, similar  to  the  "World
Hearings on Development" convened by the  President of the General  Assembly
in  June  1994. For  these  hearings,  statements  and  commitments will  be
brought to Committee 2 by the representatives  of all the partners mentioned
in  paragraph  22   above,  including  the  organizations,  programmes   and
specialized agencies of the United Nations system.

Implications

26.   The above recommendations give  expression to,  and further reinforce,
the broad-based  participation called  for by  the General  Assembly in  its
resolution  47/180, and reaffirmed by its resolution 49/109.  They also pave
the  way  for  a  conference of  partnerships  and for  broad  commitment to
follow-up action and for the  implementation of the resulting global plan of
action.  These recommendations will effectively  allow for commitments to be
made by  Governments and  local authorities  and all  relevant actors,  thus
mobilizing  and  channelling,   in  an  unprecedented  manner,  the   human,
technical and  financial  resources and  energies  of  civil society.    The

Secretariat,  in  its activities  during the  remainder  of the  preparatory
activities, will work  with the various  partners to  ensure that the  "City
Summit" becomes such a conference of partnerships.

Decision II/4.  Adoption of the rules of procedure for the United Nations
                Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II)

27.   The  Preparatory Committee,  noting  that  the Conference  would  have
before it the provisional rules of procedure, to  be endorsed by the General
Assembly at its fiftieth session, on  the recommendation of the  Preparatory
Committee, and  that those rules would be in accordance with the established
practice  of the United  Nations, including  the most  recent United Nations
conferences, and  would take into account  paragraph 16  of General Assembly
resolution 49/109, adopted  the provisional rules of procedure as  contained
in  the annex to that decision,  and decided to forward them  to the General
Assembly for endorsement.

28.  These rules of procedure are in accordance with those adopted by  other
United  Nations conferences, with  the exception  of the  additional rule 61
referred to in paragraph 23 above, under decision II/3.

Implications

29.  The recommendations contained in  decision II/4 are entirely consistent
with  those contained in  decision II/3  and together will pave  the way for
more effective and efficient implementation of the Global Plan of Action  to
emerge from the Conference.  It  also builds upon the trend in recent United
Nations conferences,  and the work of  their various  committees, to involve
key groups  of actors in a  common effort to find  solutions to  some of the
most pressing social,  economic and  environmental challenges  of a  rapidly
changing world.


B.  Other decisions

Decision II/5.  Preparatory activities

  Activities at the national level

30.   The Preparatory Committee  noted with satisfaction  that more than 100
national committees  have been  established, and  also took  note that  many
national  committees  were   preparing  their  national  plans  of   action,
including first-phase five-year  plans identifying their highest priorities.
It  recommended  that  all countries  that  had not  yet  done so  establish
national committees for the Conference and undertake in-country  preparatory
processes as a  matter of priority,  and that  national committees that  had
not already  done  so, enter  into  a  consultative process  (including  the
assessment  of  shelter  and  settlements  conditions,  the  application  of
shelter  and urban indicators  and the  identification of  and learning from
best practices),  involving all key groups  of actors, in  order to reach  a
consensus  on priority issues  and problems  and to  formulate a first-phase
five-year plan of action,  or give an overview  of existing plans of action,
which is  to  be completed  no  later  than 1  December  1995.   It  further
requested  that  all national  committees  submit,  in  a  timely manner,  a
substantial  progress report to  the Secretary-General of the Conference, no
later  than 1 September  1995.   It called  upon all  Member States  to take
advantage of  the assessments  carried out  in the  preparation of  national
reports  on Habitat II by establishing a permanent  capacity at the national
and local levels for the regular  monitoring of human settlements conditions
and trends, and also  called upon all countries  that are  able to do so  to
increase their voluntary contributions for  in-country preparations, through
the secretariat of the Conference.

  Regional objectives and activities

31.  The Preparatory Committee, noting  with satisfaction the cooperation so

far  provided by the  regional commissions  of the United  Nations and other
regional organizations in holding and participating in preparatory  meetings
which  provide opportunities  for  countries  to  share experiences  in  in-
country  preparations and to  identify issues  of common  concern in shelter
and  settlements development,  recommended, inter  alia, that  regional  and
international resources,  including those of the regional commissions of the
United  Nations, other  relevant  regional  intergovernmental organizations,
development  banks  and others,  be made  available  as  far as  possible to
representatives  of   national  committees  for   the  Conference  and   the
Secretary-General of  the Conference to  participate in regional  activities
that will enrich national preparatory processes. 4/

International objectives and activities

32.    The  Preparatory  Committee  took  note  with  satisfaction  that the
SecretaryGeneral of the  Conference had successfully encouraged  Governments
and other groups  of key actors  to participate actively in  the preparatory
process as witnessed by the numerous  activities inscribed in the  "learning
year".  It noted with appreciation the  resources that had been  contributed
to  the   application  of   shelter  and   urban  indicators   and  to   the
identification, nomination and dissemination of best practices, and  further
noted with  satisfaction that  the Secretary-General  had integrated  gender
analysis and  gender-sensitive issues  in the process  of identification  of
best practices.   The Preparatory Committee requested the  Secretary-General
to prepare  feasibility  studies  for  the financing  and  establishment  of
international  support  programmes   proposed  and   initiated  during   the
preparatory process  to  implement the  objectives  of  the Global  Plan  of
Action,  with  particular emphasis  on monitoring  and applying  shelter and
urban indicators, promoting the sharing and  learning of best practices  and
establishing a leadership-training facility.

Implications

33.    This recommendation  translates  the  desire  and  commitment of  the
international community  to  an action-oriented  Global  Plan  of Action  to
result  from the  Conference.   The  Secretariat,  in consultation  with all
major groups, will  undertake and present a  feasibility study on key  tools
and  instruments  that   could  be  effectively   used  for  furthering  the
objectives of the  Conference and the  implementation of its Global  Plan of
Action.  As demonstrated by the  preparatory process, the implementation  of
innovative approaches  for strengthening institutions and  capacity-building
do not  necessarily  require new  institutional arrangements,  but rather  a
reorientation of largely  existing human, technical and financial  resources
within a coherent and internally consistent framework.

Decision II/6.   The State of  Human Settlements  Report, major reviews  and
other
                substantive documentation

34.  The Preparatory  Committee having noted, in its decision II/8, that  it
envisaged a Global Plan of Action that would  take into account, among other
sources, recent research and studies, including  the four major reviews  and
the  1996 edition  of the  Global Report  on Human  Settlements  (the latter
being  the same as the State  of Human Settlements Report called  for by the
Preparatory  Committee at  its first substantive session)  decided that such
documentation should  be synthesized and presented  as a  single document to
the Preparatory Committee at its third  session and, prior to the Conference
at Istanbul, converted into a publication  for popular consumption and  into
a broadcastquality video(s).

Implications

35.   This recommendation  provides the  Secretariat with  clear guidance on
the manner and form in which the Global Report  and the major reviews should
be  presented to  the  Preparatory Committee,  as  well as  to  the  general
public,  in order  to  contribute  effectively  to creating  greater  public

awareness of the issues before the Conference.

Decision II/7.  Criteria for nominating and selecting best practices

36.   The Preparatory  Committee, having  reviewed the  criteria, format and
proposed  methods  for  identifying and  learning  from  best practices  for
improving  the  living  environment,  decided  to  further  strengthen   the
contribution  of the best  practices initiative  to the  preparatory process
by:

  (a)   Encouraging national  committees to  organize national  competitions
and  exhibitions  on  best  practices  to  further  promote  the  sharing of
successful  experiences and the  incorporation of  lessons to  be learned in
their respective national plans of action;

  (b)   Amending  the scope  and depth of  the search for  best practices to
include  such  issues  as  consumption  and   production  patterns  and  the
reduction and/or replacement of the use of non-renewable resources;

  (c)    Calling  on  the  Secretary-General   of  the  Conference  to  make
appropriate  arrangements   for  convening   a  regionally   representative,
independent and  prestigious jury to  review the  best practice  submissions
and  to  provide  special recognition  to  the  most  deserving  initiatives
promoting sustainable  human settlements  development in the form  of awards
to those organizations directly involved in the best practice.

Implications

37.   The above actions  further reinforce  the decision of  the Preparatory
Committee  a  its first  substantive session,  in  which  it called  for the
Secretariat to  identify and disseminate  best practices  for improving  the
living  environment.    This initiative  will  contribute  directly  to  the
objectives of  the  Conference.   It  will  also provide  the  international
community with  a wide  and diverse  database on  solutions to  some of  the
world's  most  pressing social,  economic  and  environmental  problems  and
contribute directly to the implementation of  the national and global  plans
of action by providing  new ways and means of sharing and transferring know-
how, expertise and experience.

Decision II/8.  Inter-sessional arrangements for drafting the statement of
                principles and commitments and the global plan of action

38.  The Preparatory Committee, having received the report of Working  Group
II  on  the  consideration of  agenda item  3,  Statement of  principles and
commitments,  and  global  plan  of  action,  which  had  been  discussed in
informal  and formal  sessions, acknowledged  the  work  that had  been done
through that arrangement under  the chairmanship of Mr.  Glynn A. C.  Khonje
(Zambia), and decided to continue with the drafting and review of  documents
during the inter-sessional period in an  open-ended informal group, with the
identical representation  of the  core group, and  requested the  Secretary-
General of  the  Conference to  provide appropriate  assistance during  that
process.   It further  decided that  the inter-sessional  arrangement should
proceed as follows:

  (a)  After the  close of the second  session of the Preparatory Committee,
the drafts of  the preamble of the global  plan of action,  the statement of
principles  and  goals,  and  the  commitments  would  be  forwarded  to the
secretariat of  the Conference, which would  then prepare  a draft document,
consistent with  paragraph 4  of General Assembly  resolution 49/109,  which
would facilitate the work of the informal drafting group referred to above;

  (b)   The  drafting  group  would  then meet  at  a first  inter-sessional
meeting,  not later  than  the end  of  August  1995,  to review  the  draft
prepared by  the secretariat,  taking into  account, inter  alia, the  views
expressed by  Member States  and other  participants, and  produce a  second
draft, which would be forwarded to all States for comments;

  (c)   If deemed  necessary, the  drafting group  would then hold  a second
meeting,  not later  than the  end of  October 1995,  to review  the  second
draft. The final draft  would form part of  the documentation for  the third
session of the Preparatory Committee and  would be circulated to Governments
at least six weeks before that session, in all official languages;

  The product of the process being considered non-negotiated.

Implications

39.  This recommendation is being  implemented by the Secretariat, beginning
with the  organization and holding of  the first  inter-sessional meeting of
the informal  drafting group in  Nairobi from 17 to 21 July  1995.  A second
meeting is scheduled to take place  from 9 to 13 October 1995 in Paris, upon
the invitation  of the Government  of France.   The document  to result from
this process will be  circulated to Governments at  least six weeks prior to
being presented  to  the Preparatory  Committee,  at  its third  substantive
session, for negotiation.
  Decision II/9.  Accreditation of non-governmental organizations

40.  The Preparatory Committee, having received the  report of the Bureau on
its  review  of  the  applications  for  accreditation   submitted  by  non-
governmental organizations, decided to grant accreditation to the  following
categories  of non-governmental  organizations:   (a)  24  organizations  in
consultative   status  with  the   Economic  and   Social  Council;  (b)  17
organizations accredited  to the Commission  on Sustainable Development  and
placed on the Roster; (c) 52  organizations having applied for accreditation
and  having  satisfied  the  required  criteria.    An  additional  118 non-
governmental   organizations  are   in   the  process   of   being   granted
accreditation.

41.  The Preparatory Committee noted that, under the rules of procedure  for
the participation  of non-governmental  organizations adopted  at its  first
meeting, those  non-governmental organizations  in consultative status  with
the  Economic and  Social Council  that  express  their wish  to attend  the
Conference  and  the   meetings  of  its  Preparatory  Committee  shall   be
accredited for participation. The Committee also  took note of the  decision
of the Economic  and Social Council, dated 25  July 1994, which states  that
non-governmental  organizations accredited to  the Commission on Sustainable
Development  should   be  placed   on  the   Roster.  The   non-governmental
organizations now being granted accreditation are  in addition to those non-
governmental organizations that  were granted accreditation in decision  I/3
of the Preparatory Committee.

Implications

42.  The implication,  for the Secretariat, of the above decision is  likely
to be an increasing  number of requests for  substantive and other  forms of
support  from the  Secretariat to  facilitate the  active  participation and
involvement  of  non-governmental organizations  in  in-country  preparatory
processes and for their effective  participation in the third session of the
Preparatory  Committee and in  the Conference  itself.   The Secretariat has
been  taking appropriate steps,  with considerable  success, to  enhance its
links  with the  non-governmental organization  community, in  the  context,
particularly, of  preparations for the  Conference so as to  fulfil the aims
to that effect of General Assembly resolution 49/109.

Notes

  1/     Official  Records  of   the  General  Assembly,  Fiftieth  Session,
Supplement No. 37 (A/50/37).

  2/    See  Report  of  Habitat:     United  Nations  Conference  on  Human
Settlements, Vancouver,  31 May-11  June 1976  (United Nations  publication,
Sales No. E.76.IV.7 and corrigendum).

  3/    Official  Records  of the  General  Assembly,  Forty-third  Session,
Supplement No. 8, addendum (A/43/8/Add.1).

  4/   Attention is  also drawn,  in this  connection,  to the  note by  the
Secretary-General transmitting  the report  of the  regional commissions  on
the  preparations  for  the Conference  at  the  regional level  (A/50/411),
requested by the General Assembly in para. 15 of its resolution 49/109.
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ANNEX

Summary status report on activities of the Secretariat
related to the preparations for the United Nations   
Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II)


                  I.  FOLLOW-UP TO THE SECOND SUBSTANTIVE SESSION
                      OF THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE

1.   Immediately after  the second  substantive session  of the  Preparatory
Committee, activities were undertaken with regard  to three major aspects of
the  preparatory process:   (a)  the  organization  and convening  of inter-
sessional meetings of the informal  drafting group to produce  as complete a
document as possible on the statement of  principles and commitments and the
related global plan of action; (b)  the mobilization of financial  resources
to support the core  activities of the Secretariat and to provide  technical
and financial  support for in-country preparations; and (c) the organization
and mobilization of funding  for convening an independent  jury for the best
practices initiative and  for disseminating the  best practices  world wide.
The interim results of these activities are summarized below.


A.  Core activities (directly undertaken by the Secretariat)

            1.  Statement of principles and commitments and global plan
                of action

2.    Two inter-sessional  meetings  of  the  informal  drafting group  were
convened  to  continue  work  on  the  draft  statement  of  principles  and
commitments and the global  plan of action.  The informal drafting group met
in Nairobi  from 17  to 21  July 1995.   In  addition to  the core group  of
countries  representing   their  respective  regions   and  the  chair,   an
additional  33   countries,  five   United  Nations   system  entities   and
intergovernmental organizations, two  associations of local  authorities and
five non-governmental  organizations participated  in the  first meeting  of
the informal drafting  group.  The second  session of the  informal drafting
group has been convened to take place in  Paris, from 9 to 13  October 1995,
upon the invitation of the Government of France.


2.  Direct support to in-country preparations

3.  In  conformity with the decisions  adopted by the Preparatory  Committee
at  its first substantive  session and the further  guidance provided at its
second  session,  the  Secretariat  has,  to  date,  provided technical  and
financial  support to national  committees for  Habitat II  in the following
areas:

  (a)  Application of shelter and urban indicators;
  

  (b)  Learning from best practices in improving the living environment;

  (c)  Formulation of a first-stage five-year plan of action.
  To date,  financial  and technical  assistance  has  been provided  to  62
countries (35 in Africa, 11 in Asia and the Pacific, 6 in  Latin America and
the  Caribbean,  4  belonging  to  the  Arab States  and  6  countries  with
economies in transition).


B.  Partnership activities

4.     These  include  activities   undertaken,  in   cooperation  with  the
Secretariat,  by  other  United Nations  system  entities, intergovernmental
organizations  and other  international associations  on issues  and  themes
related to  the  Conference. Their  purpose  is  to enrich  the  preparatory
process and to create  awareness of the themes  and issues of the Conference
and on best  practice initiatives so as to  inform national plans of  action
and the Global Plan of Action of the Conference.  These activities form  the
calendar of events entitled "The Learning Year".   This calendar includes 90
independently funded events taking place between  June 1995 and April  1996,
organized  by, inter  alia, 16  entities of  the United  Nations system,  17
cities  and their  associations of  local authorities,  9  intergovernmental
organizations,  13  non-governmental  organizations,  15  universities   and
similar institutions, 11 professional  associations, 12 national  committees
for Habitat  II, associations  of parliamentarians  and the  private sector.
Some examples  of such  partnership events,  held to  date, and  forthcoming
shortly, are:

  (a)    Habitat  II  Urban  Finance  Conference,  Washington,  D.C.,  10-13
September  1995,  co-sponsored by  the  World  Bank  and  the United  States
Department  of Housing and Urban Development.   Participants included senior
policy makers, city officials and professionals from 30 countries;

  (b)  Global Workshop on Transport  and Communication, Singapore, 3-5  July
1995, sponsored  by  the University  of  Singapore.   Participants  included
senior  policy makers  and professionals  from  23  countries and  10 United
Nations agencies;

  (c)  Interregional  Consultation on Access to  Land and Security of Tenure
for  Africa  and Arab  States,  Abidjan,  24-25  March  1995.   Participants
included senior  policy  makers and  experts  from  14  African and  6  Arab
States;

  (d)  United  Nations University/World Institute for Development  Economics
Research Conference on Human Settlements in Changing Political and  Economic
Processes, Helsinki, 25-27 August 1995;

  (e)    Global Workshop  on  Urban  Governance,  organized  jointly by  the
Government  of Germany  and the  Organisation for  Economic  Cooperation and
Development, Berlin, 24-27 October 1995;

  (f)   The Dubai  International Conference  on Best  Practices in Improving
the Living Environment, Dubai, 19-22 November 1995.  More  than 50 countries
are expected to attend this meeting;

  (g)    The Beijing  Conference  on  Managing  Water  Resources in  Rapidly
Growing Cities, Beijing, 10-16 January 1996.

 5.  An important  feature of the preparatory process is the involvement  of
a large  number of  partners, which include local  authorities, associations
of   parliamentarians,  professionals,  academicians,  non-governmental  and
communitybased organizations and youth groups.   This is reflected not  only
in  the variety of  activities being  undertaken by  these different actors,
but  also in  the  inclusion of  representatives of  these  partners  in the
national delegations to  the second  substantive session of the  Preparatory
Committee.  Eight   international  and   regional   associations  of   local

authorities have formed themselves  into one group,  the Group of 4+,  under
the  "Protocol of  Lisbon", which  sets  out  the framework  for cooperation
among cities  and  local authorities  in  the  preparatory process.    Local
authorities  also  plan  to hold  a  World  Assembly  of  Cities  and  Local
Authorities at Istanbul prior to the Conference.


C.  Regional meetings and consultations a/

6.   During  the course  of 1995,  a  number of  regional   and  subregional
preparatory meetings have been  or will be held at the ministerial level  to
formulate regional  or subregional positions  on the Conference's  statement
of  principles and  commitments  and  the  global  plan  of action.    These
include:

  (a)   Habitat II  preparatory meeting  for Eastern,  Central and  Southern
Africa, Kampala, 26-28 February 1995;

  (b)   Subregional  ministerial meeting  for francophone Central  Africa on
Habitat II, Brazzaville, 10-12 April 1995;

  (c)   Meeting of ministers responsible  for human  settlements in European
transition countries on  Habitat II preparatory activities, Budapest,  13-14
June  1995;  organized  in  cooperation  with the  Economic  Commission  for
Europe;

  (d)  Caribbean  Regional Preparatory Workshop for Habitat II,  Bridgetown,
25-27 September 1995;

  (e)   Third  Arab Preparatory  Conference  for  Habitat II,  Rabat,  25-30
September 1995;

  (f)  Regional Ministerial Meeting for  Africa on Preparations for  Habitat
II, Johannesburg,  16-19 November  1995; organized  jointly by  the Economic
Commission for Africa and the Organization of African Unity;

  (g)  Regional Preparatory  Meeting on Habitat II for Latin America and the
Caribbean,  Santiago,  15-17  November  1995;  organized  by  the   Economic
Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

7.  In addition, the thirteenth session of the Council of  Arab Ministers of
Housing and Reconstruction, to  take place at Cairo  from 12 to  15 November
1995, will have a special session devoted to Habitat II.

8.  Apart from  the above meetings, a  number of regional  consultations are
ongoing on  issues critical to the  Conference, such as  land management and
financing  of shelter and urban development.  These  are expected to provide
important technical inputs to the plan of action  to be adopted at  Istanbul
as well  as develop innovative  implementation tools  for human  settlements
management and development in the post-Conference period.


D.  Special programmes, projects and awareness-building

9.   These activities  are sponsored or  co-sponsored by public  and private
sector  foundations and  professional  associations.   They are  intended to
mobilize specific  audiences and the public  at large  through the following
types of activities:

  (a)    Establishment  of  three World  Wide  Web  sites  on  the  Internet
containing documentation and information of relevance to the Conference;

  (b)   An  "award of  excellence in  improving  the living  environment" is
being organized  to take  place at  Istanbul at  a special ceremony  to give
special recognition to  the most deserving  practices for improving people's
quality of life;

  (c)   Two  books  are  being published  in  time for  the Conference,  one
entitled  Cities  for  People  and  the  other entitled  Local  Authorities:
Custodians of the Environment;

  (d)  Television specials, including case-studies on "best practices",  are
being aired on global and international television networks, including CNN;

  (e)  An electronic catalogue and database  on best practices for improving
the living environment is currently in preparation for the Conference;

  (f)   A global  trade  fair on  "good ideas  for better  cities" is  being
organized to coincide with the Conference at Istanbul.

10.    The  following  partners'  forums  are  being  organized  by relevant
associations  to take  place  just prior  to  the official  opening  of  the
Conference:

  (a)  A World Assembly of Cities and  Local Authorities is being  organized
by the Group of  4+ of international associations of local authorities.  The
Assembly will  take place  from 31 May to  1 June 1996 at  Istanbul, with an
anticipated participation  of more  than 350 mayors  of large  cities.   The
Assembly is  expected to ratify  the Local Authority Platform  of Action and
Commitments to the Global Plan of Action;

  (b)   A Forum of National  Academies of Sciences  from all  over the world
will take place at Istanbul on  31 May and  1 June 1996, and is expected  to
adopt a statement on the role  of cities in the development  and transfer of
technology;

  (c)  A  Private Sector Forum will take place  at Istanbul, also on 31  May
and 1 June 1996.   This Forum  will gather representatives from the  private
sector from all regions, including representatives from industry,  commerce,
service  and  banking  sectors.   The  Forum  will  conclude with  an  award
ceremony for corporate best practices for improving the living environment;

  (d)  A  Forum of Parliamentarians will take  place at Istanbul, on 31  May
and 1 June  1996, to be convened  by, inter alia, the  Inter-Parliamentarian
Union and the Global Parliamentarians on Habitat;

  (e)   The NGO Global Forum  for Habitat II will commence on 1 June and end
on 13 June  1996.  It  is being  convened by the  ad hoc Habitat II  NGO/CBO
International Facilitating Group.

Other forums  that are in the  process of being  organized include a  labour
unions'  forum, an international  forum for  youth, a  foundations' forum, a
forum of urban professionals and a forum on human solidarity.

11.    Round tables on the  following themes are  being organized by eminent
persons,  media networks and private sector corporations  and foundations to
create global awareness of the issues before the Conference:

  (a)  Economy and employment in the cities of tomorrow;

  (b)  Transport in the cities of tomorrow;

  (c)  Are mega-cities inevitable?

  (d)  Urban-rural linkages of the future;

  (e)  Urban physiology of the twenty-first century;

  (f)  Democracy and citizenship in the city of the twenty-first century;

  (g)  Cities and the information society.

II.  IN-COUNTRY ACTIVITIES FOR HABITAT II

A.  Activities at the country level

12.   As of  September 1995, 133 countries had indicated to the  Secretariat
the  establishment  of  broad-based national  committees, which  are  in the
process of preparing their  respective national plans,  of action involving,
on  an  unprecedented  magnitude  and  scope,   the  public,  private,  NGO,
community,  professional   and  academic  sectors.     The  best   practices
initiative,  designed  to focus  world attention  on practical  solutions to
some of  the most pressing issues  facing an urbanizing world, has generated
great  interest and enthusiasm.   More  than 270  best practice case-studies
have been  submitted by  77 countries;  42 countries  are in the  process of
organizing  national  competitions/exhibitions on  best  practices,  with  a
regional competition currently under  way in Latin America.  It is  expected
that more than 100  countries will submit, in  total, over 500 best practice
case-studies.   Similarly, as of September  1995, 59  countries are involved
in  the indicators programme,  as part  of the  national preparatory process
and for  inclusion  in  national  reports for  Habitat  II.   Of  these,  12
countries have submitted their indicators, 47  countries are in the  process
of  collecting  data  and  another  22   countries  are  expected  to  start
collecting indicators  soon.   It is expected  that more than  100 countries
will be involved in the collection of key indicators.


B.  Briefing missions

13.   Briefing missions on  Habitat II were undertaken in all regions of the
world  and in  more  than 80  countries.   These  missions included  ad  hoc
technical  advisory   missions  in   response  to   specific  requests   for
assistance.


C.  Preparations under way in the host country of the Conference

14.   In  April 1994, the Housing  Development Administration of  Turkey was
designated  as  the  organization  responsible  for  the  coordination   and
implementation  of preparations  for  the Conference.    The  administration
carries out this task  under the auspices of  the President of  the Republic
of Turkey.  In  October 1994, the  Habitat II Project Coordination Unit  was
established.  Initially, US$ 10  million was  allocated by  the host country
for host  country preparations,  exclusive of  approximately US$ 25  million
for preparing  the physical facilities  for the Conference.   In June  1995,
the Istanbul  Organizing Committee,  comprising the  heads  of all  relevant
central and local government branches, was established.

15.    The  Conference, the  associated  forums  and  most  of  the parallel
activities will be  held in  the so-called  "Conference Valley",  containing
such facilities as a  congress centre, a concert hall, a cultural centre, an
open-air  amphitheatre,  a   convention  hall  and  the  meeting  hall   and
classrooms of  the Taskisla  Building of the Istanbul  Technical University.
This site has been  chosen because of its  central location and proximity to
most of  the major hotels.   The premises were  inspected during the  United
Nations planning mission  to Istanbul in  April 1995  and found  to be  more
than  suitable.    Closed-circuit  television  coverage  of  the  events  is
scheduled  to  take  place  to  allow  participants  to  remain  informed of
activities elsewhere in  the Valley.   A channel  of the  Turkish Radio  and
Television  Authority will be  allocated to  UNTV, whose  broadcasts will be
piped into all major hotels.

16.  A  self-financing international  trade fair is  being organized by  the
host  country in  conjunction with  Habitat II  on the  theme of innovative,
low-cost,  appropriate  and environmentally  sound  products,  services  and
technologies  in the  field  of  human settlements.    As the  result of  an
international bidding  process, CNR International  Fair Organizations,  Inc.
was awarded  the contract for organizing,  marketing and  managing the fair.

The fair  will  be  held  at the  World  Trade  Centre, Istanbul,  where  an
exhibition area  of approximately 30,000 m2  indoors and  50,000 m2 outdoors
is available, 15 per  cent of which will be  allocated free of charge to the
Habitat secretariat for the use of firms from the developing countries.

17.   In addition to  the exhibition  on best practices, to  be organized by
the Habitat  II secretariat, the Economic  and Social  History Foundation of
Turkey  was commissioned to  organize two exhibitions:   "The  World City of
Istanbul" and "Housing and Settlements in Anatolia", both  to be held at the
Ottoman Mint. Other  cultural events are also  being planned.  A  consortium
was designated  as the  advertising agency  for the  Conference and  various
promotional materials have already been produced.

18.    Following  consultations  with  the  non-governmental   organizations
present at  the second substantive session  of the  Preparatory Committee, a
professional secretariat  was established and  a host committee,  comprising
about 20 Turkish non-governmental organizations, was set up.  At the end  of
September 1995, a joint  workshop of the host  committee and the  Habitat II
International  Facilitating Group  was held  at Istanbul to  discuss various
issues related to Habitat II, as  well as the details of the NGO Forum to be
organized during the Conference.


III.  INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS

19.   Since  the beginning of  1995, the Secretariat  has embarked on  a new
series of  regular publications that focus  on the  issues confronting human
settlements, which will  be addressed at the Habitat II Conference, and that
report key activities in the  preparatory process.  The  publications are as
follows:

  (a)  Six issues of the journal/newsletter Countdown to Istanbul are  being
issued in 1995, with  an additional three or  four issues planned  for 1996.
This regular  publication focuses  on key  issues, as  well as national  and
regional preparatory  activities for the Conference.   It  provides a source
of  feedback from  the  various actors  in  the  national  context on  their
policies.   In addition, it  gives voice to  a wide range  of actors in  the
human  settlements sector,  including youth,  women and  shelter groups, and
associations  of  community-based organizations,  as  well  as  to  academic
research and host country preparations;

  (b)  Habitat  Debate, the new  journal of  the United  Nations Centre  for
Human Settlements (Habitat) on the substantive  programmes of the Centre, is
of direct  relevance to raising  awareness and for debate  on new directions
in human settlements action.  Its  contributors are primarily academics  and
practitioners in  the field.  Habitat  Debate also  provides another channel
for  reporting directly  on meetings  organized specifically  to address the
thematic issues of Habitat II.

Both of the  above publications  are issued in  English, French and  Spanish
and  are being  distributed to  a  growing mailing  list, which,  in October
1995,  counted 15,000.   Like other  information materials  and all official
documents,  they are  also available  on three  web sites  on  the Internet.
They  are  further  being  distributed  at  all  major  meetings  and global
conferences.

20.  Since the first substantive  session of the Preparatory  Committee, the
Secretariat  has  formalized  its  joint  information  activities  with  the
Department of Public Information.   A new brochure has been prepared in  all
official  languages of  the United Nations  and is being  issued to national
committees and  other  partners of  the  Habitat  process, together  with  a
poster and an information kit of "backgrounders".
  21.  A second  promotional video on  the goals of the Conference  has been
prepared, and  is being disseminated in English and French,  with Arabic and
Spanish versions to  follow shortly.  The  promotional video is targeted  at
national  and   international  broadcast  networks   as  well  as   national

committees and all other  partners in the preparatory  process.  A 60-second
public  service  announcement  in  English,  French  and  Spanish  is  being
prepared  for distribution to  broadcast outlets  world wide  by the  end of
1995.  Further documentaries are being  produced by an international network
for release in the last quarter  of 1995 and in 1996.  In addition, a number
of regional  and national networks are producing and broadcasting programmes
conveying the messages of Habitat  II.  In collaboration with the Department
of Public Information, a range of television  and radio programmes have been
produced in 1995 and more are planned for 1996.

22.   The Secretariat was successful  in projecting a  high profile for  the
Conference at the two  United Nations conferences held  in 1995 -  the World
Summit for Social Development and the  Fourth World Conference on  Women -by
reaching  out to  all actors,  through  press  briefings and  workshops, and
through  distributing  information materials.    Similarly,  at  the  second
session of  the Preparatory Committee, some  30 press  conferences were held
to give voice  to the many partners involved in the Conference's preparatory
process.  They were followed  by more than 30 press releases in English  and
French.  A number  of press and public  relations agencies have been engaged
to support  public awareness activities at the global level,  during the two
United Nations conferences mentioned above and at the second session of  the
Preparatory Committee, as well as during the interim periods.

23.  As part  of the mobilization strategy for  Habitat II, a series of some
70 international and regional  conferences, workshops and seminars have been
organized.   Each  of these  meetings  helped to  further awareness  of  the
Conference  and served  as a  vehicle for the  diffusion of  information and
awareness-building materials.


Notes

  a/   Attention is  also drawn,  in this  connection, to  the  note by  the
Secretary-General transmitting  the report  of the  regional commissions  on
the  preparations  for the  Conference  at  the  regional level  (A/50/411),
requested by the General Assembly in para. 15 of its resolution 49/109.


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