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A/RES/50/99


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

2 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 95 (b)


              RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

       [on the report of the Second Committee (A/50/617/Add.2)]


              50/99.    Commission on Human Settlements


     The General Assembly,

     Recalling its resolution 32/162 of 19 December 1977, by which it
established the Commission on Human Settlements and its secretariat,
the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), to serve as
the institutional focus for human settlements activities within the
United Nations system,

     Recalling also its resolution 43/181 of 20 December 1988, in
which it designated the Commission on Human Settlements as the United
Nations intergovernmental body responsible for coordinating,
evaluating and monitoring the implementation of the Global Strategy
for Shelter to the Year 2000,  1/

     Recalling further its resolution 47/180 of 22 December 1992, by
which it decided to convene the United Nations Conference on Human
Settlements (Habitat II) from 3 to 14 June 1996 and requested the
Secretary-General to establish an ad hoc secretariat for the
Conference, which should be organizationally part of the Centre,

     Noting with satisfaction the positive role played by the Centre
in the implementation of the Global Strategy and the human settlement
aspects of Agenda 21,  2/

     Aware of the fact that two thirds of the entire increase in world
population currently occurs in urban areas, so that by the year 2000
almost half of the world population will be living in towns and
cities, and noting with concern that high-level urbanization is
straining the capacity of Governments, at both the national and the
local levels, to mobilize the financial, technical and managerial
resources necessary to sustain such human settlements,

     1.   Endorses the report of the Commission on Human Settlements
on the work of its fifteenth session (Nairobi, 25 April-1 May 1995), 3/
including its resolution 15/1 on the implementation of the
Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000,  4/ and the report of
the Commission on the implementation of the Global Strategy;  5/

     2.   Takes note with appreciation of the contribution of the
Commission and of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements
(Habitat) to the preparations at the national, regional and global
levels for the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat
II), to be held at Istanbul, Turkey, from 3 to 14 June 1996;

     3.   Encourages the Centre to submit its contributions to the
preparations for the Conference to the Preparatory Committee for the
Conference at its third session, to be held in New York between 5 and
16 February 1996.

                                             96th plenary meeting
                                                 20 December 1995


                              Notes

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

2/   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 II.

3/   Official Records of the General Assembly, Fiftieth Session,
Supplement No. 8 and corrigenda (A/50/8 and Corr.1 and 2).

4/   Ibid., annex I, sect. A.

5/   Ibid., Supplement No. 8, addendum (A/50/8/Add.1).

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