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A/RES/40/202


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

17 December 1985

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                                                      A/RES/40/202
                                                      17 December 1985
                                                      119th plenary meeting
 
                               Human settlements
                                      A
                Report of the Commission on Human Settlements
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Recalling its resolutions 3201 (S-VI) and 3202 (S-VI) of 1 May 1974,
containing the Declaration and the Programme of Action on the Establishment of
a New International Economic Order, 3281 (XXIX) of 12 December 1974,
containing the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States, and
3362 (S-VII) of 16 September 1975 on development and international economic
co-operation,
 
     Recalling also its resolutions 32/162 of 19 December 1977 on
institutional arrangements for international co-operation in the field of
human settlements and 34/116 of 14 December 1979 on the strengthening of human
settlements activities,
 
     Conscious of the very substantial gap between the resources available
through voluntary contributions to the United Nations Centre for Human
Settlements (Habitat) and the needs of developing countries requesting
assistance from the Centre,
 
     Having considered the report of the Commission on Human Settlements on
the work of its eighth session,
 
     1.   Takes note of the report of the Commission on Human Settlements on
the work of its eighth session;
 
     2.   Takes note with appreciation of the progress which the Commission
and its secretariat, the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements
(Habitat), have continued to make in providing guidance and assistance to
Governments in their efforts to provide adequate shelter and services to their
people, particularly the poor and disadvantaged;
 
     3.   Calls upon all Governments to accord the requisite priority in their
development and development assistance programmes to human settlements
activities as a proved means of promoting economic and social development, as
well as to the fair distribution of the benefits of such development to all
segments of the population;
 
     4.   Takes note of resolution 8/12 of 8 May 1985 of the Commission on
Human Settlements and, in that context, urges the international community,
including multilateral institutions and agencies, to consider, as appropriate,
more flexible strategies in lending for human settlements projects and
programmes;
 
     5.   Commends those Governments and others that have made voluntary
financial contributions to the United Nations Habitat and Human Settlements
Foundation, particularly those that have done so on a regular basis, and
appeals to those that have not contributed to do so at the earliest
opportunity;
 
     6.   Decides, in accordance with resolution 8/4 of 8 May 1985 of the
Commission on Human Settlements, to designate the first Monday of October of
every year as "World Habitat Day".
                                      B
      Biennial cycle of sessions of the Commission on Human Settlements
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Recalling its resolution 32/162 of 19 December 1977, by which it provided
for the establishment of the Commission on Human Settlements and specified the
duration of the term of office of members of the Commission,
 
     Recalling also its decision 38/429 of 19 December 1983 on the
rationalization of the work of the Second Committee and its resolution
39/170 B of 17 December 1984, in which it required the Commission on Human
Settlements to consider adopting a biennial cycle of sessions,
 
     Noting with satisfaction Commission on Human Settlements resolution 8/1
of 10 May 1985 on a biennial cycle of sessions for the Commission,
 
     Having considered the recommendation of the Commission that the duration
of the term of office of the members of the Commission should be changed from
three to four years in recognition of the change to a biennial cycle of
sessions,
 
     1.   Welcomes the decision of the Commission on Human Settlements that,
beginning in 1987, its sessions will, on an experimental basis, be held only
in odd-numbered years;
 
     2.   Endorses the decision of the Commission on Human Settlements to hold
a special session of shorter duration in 1988 devoted exclusively to ensuring
effective follow-up to the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless
which, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 37/221 of 20 December 1982,
will be observed in 1987;
 
     3.   Decides that, beginning with the terms of office commencing on
1 January 1987, membership in the Commission on Human Settlements will be for
a term of four years instead of three.
 
                                      C
           Co-ordination of human settlements programmes within the
                            United Nations system
 
     Having considered the report of the Secretary-General concerning the
co-ordination of human settlements programmes within the United Nations
system,
 
     Taking note of the view expressed on co-ordination in resolution 8/13 of
8 May 1985 of the Commission on Human Settlements;
 
     Requests the Secretary-General to ensure effective participation of the
United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) in the work of the
Administrative Committee on Co-ordination and its subsidiary machinery
relevant to its mandate, as contained in General Assembly resolution 32/162 of
19 December 1977, taking into account Assembly resolutions 32/197 of
20 December 1977, 35/77 C of 5 December 1980 and 37/223 C of 20 December 1982,
and to keep the matter under review for consideration by the Economic and
Social Council at its second regular session in 1987 on the implementation of
the present resolution, taking into consideration the follow-up of the
cross-organizational programme analysis in human settlements by the Committee
on Programme and Co-ordination.