AD HOC COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH SPECIAL
The meeting was opened by the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee,
H.E. Mr. German Garcia-Duran (Colombia).
D. Election of officers
He Ad Hoc Committee elected, by acclamation, the following:
Vice-Chairmen, H.E. Mr. Seydon Sysall (Senegal), Mr. Manfred
Konukiewitz (Germany), and H.E. Mr. Andrej Olszowka (Poland).
The Ad Hoc Committee also elected Mr. Alireza Esamaeilzadeh
(Islamic Republic of Iran) as Rapporteur.
E. Organization of work
The Ad Hoc Committee approved its organization of work as
proposed by the Chairman.
Review and appraisal of progress made in the implementation
of the Habitat Agenda 
Further actions and initiatives for overcoming obstacles
to the implementation of the Habitat Agenda 
Declaration on cities and other human settlements in the
new millennium 
The Ad Hoc Committee began its general discussion on the
The representative of Chile (on behalf of the Latin American
and Caribbean Group) made a statement.
A Habitat Goodwill Ambassador and a representative of the
United Nations Advisory Committee on Local Authorities made
Statements were made by the representative of the World
Health Organization, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean,
the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social
Commission for Western Asia.
The representatives of the Economic Commission for Europe,
the Economic Commission for Africa, the Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur of
the High Commission for Human Rights on Adequate Housing,
the United Nations Industrial Development Organization,
the International Labour Organization and the World Bank
also made statements.
Statements were made by observers from Forum of Researchers
on Human Settlements (CERFE), the David M. Kennedy Centre,
and International Council of Women.