United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

2 February 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 95 (c)


      [on the report of the Second Committee (A/50/617/Add.3)]

      50/100.   United Nations Conference on Human Settlements
                (Habitat II)

     The General Assembly,

     Recalling its resolution 47/180 of 22 December 1992, in which it
decided to convene the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements
(Habitat II) from 3 to 14 June 1996, and to establish both a
preparatory committee and an ad hoc secretariat for the Conference,

     Reiterating its gratitude to the Government of Turkey for
offering to act as host to the Conference, which is to be held at

     Noting with satisfaction the progress that has been made so far
in the preparations for the Conference, as outlined in the report of
the Preparatory Committee for the Conference on its second substantive
session  1/ and the report of the Secretary-General on preparations
for the Conference,  2/

     Reaffirming the importance of the principles and concepts set out
in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development  3/ and Agenda 21 4/ 
for the purpose of guiding the implementation of the decisions and
recommendations of the Conference,

     Recalling also its resolution 49/109 of 19 December 1994, in
which, inter alia, it decided that a third substantive session of the
Preparatory Committee would be held at United Nations Headquarters
early in 1996 to complete the preparatory work for the Conference,

     1.   Endorses the report of the Preparatory Committee for the
United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) on its
second substantive session (Nairobi, 24 April-5 May 1995), 1/ which
contains, inter alia, decision II/1 on the financing of the Conference
and its preparatory activities, decision II/3 on the recommendations
of the Preparatory Committee on the organization of work of the
Conference, including the holding of pre-conference consultations on 1
and 2 June 1996, the establishment of committees and other procedural
matters and decision II/4 on the rules of procedure for the
Conference;  5/

     2.   Decides that the third session of the Preparatory Committee
will be held at United Nations Headquarters from 5 to 16 February

     3.   Requests the Secretary-General to make the necessary
provisions, within existing resources, so that the Preparatory
Committee may, if it so decides, establish two working groups to meet
in addition to plenary meetings for the duration of the third session;

     4.   Notes with interest the call by the Secretary-General of the
United Nations to give the Conference the dimensions of a "city
summit", and reaffirms that the Conference should be held at the
highest possible level of participation;

     5.   Expresses its sincere appreciation to those States and
organizations that have made or pledged financial or other
contributions in support of the preparatory activities for the
Conference, and requests the Secretary-General of the Conference to
continue to make every effort to raise the extrabudgetary resources
required for Conference activities and preparations;

     6.   Renews its appeal to all Governments, especially the
Governments of developed countries and other Governments in a position
to do so, as well as to international and regional financial
institutions, to make substantial contributions to the voluntary fund
established by the General Assembly in its resolution 47/180 for the
purpose of financing preparatory activities for the Conference and
supporting developing countries, in particular the least developed
among them, in participating fully and effectively in the Conference
and its preparatory process;

     7.   Encourages all relevant non-governmental organizations that
are interested, especially organizations from developing countries, to
participate in and contribute to the Conference and its preparatory
process on the basis of the procedures adopted at recent United
Nations conferences;

     8.   Invites the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-first session on the implementation of and
follow-up to the outcome of the Conference undertaken by the
organizations and bodies of the United Nations system, including the
role played by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements in that

     9.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
first session under the item "Sustainable development and
international economic cooperation" a sub-item entitled "United
Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II)".

                                             96th plenary meeting
                                                 20 December 1995


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

2/   A/50/519.

3/   See Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment
and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3-14 June 1992 (A/CONF,151/26/Rev.1
(Vol. I and Vol. I/Corr.1, Vol. II, Vol. III and Vol. III/Corr.1))
(United Nations publication, Sales No. E.93.I.8 and corrigenda), vol. I:
Resolutions Adopted by the Conference, resolution 1, annex I.

4/   Ibid., annex II.

5/   As amended in A/C.2/50/9 and Corr.1.


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