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25th Special Session of the UN General Assembly:
Overall review and appraisal of the implementation
of the Habitat Agenda (6-8 June 2001, New York)

Photo of Apartment buildings in a Housing Development Project in Singapore in 1967Apartment buildings in a Housing Development Project in Singapore in 1967.   UN Photo/ MB

In 2001, five years after the Second UN Conference on Human Settlements was held in Istanbul, a special session of the General Assembly for an Overall Review and Appraisal of the Implementation of the Habitat Agenda, known as Istanbul+5, was held in New York. The special session renewed the commitment of Member States to the principles of adequate shelter for all, and sustainable human settlements development. They did this by adopting, without a vote, a resolution containing a Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium.

The Special Session took place at a time when half of the world’s then 6 billion people were living in cities and the world was facing unprecedented growth of urban population, mainly in the developing world,

Member States welcomed progress made in implementing the outcome of Habitat II -– “the Habitat Agenda” , and pledged to accelerate their efforts to ensure the Agenda’s full and effective implementation. They also resolved to encourage social and economic policies designed to meet the housing needs of families and their individual members, with particular attention to the needs of children; and to promote changes in attitudes, structures, policies and other practices relating to gender in order to eliminate all obstacles to human dignity and equality in family and society.

Key Documents:

Istanbul Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium

Habitat Agenda

Cities in a Globalizing World - Global Report on Human Settlements - (2001)

Sustainable Cities (2012)