Last updated 12 June 1996 --
In its third day of debate on implementation and follow-up of the Habitat Agenda, Working Group II came closer to an agreement on on the role of the UN Centre for Human Settlements and the UN Commission on Human Settlements. Various formulations would have the Commission "follow closely" the UN system's activities in human settlements, "follow up and monitor" or "track the progress of activities." A new paragraph would strengthen the mandate of the Commission and expand it to include implmenenting the Habitat Agenda. The US said the Commission's mandate should be reoriented in the context of UN reform. Delegates debated whether they or other bodies in the UN system could review and change the Commission's mandate.
Details on debate from the Conference's eigth day are in Tuesday's Earth Negotiations Bulletin from Habitat II.
ENB will not be covering most of the Plenary statements. These statements and press releasesare available on the Conference Secretariat's WWW site.
Here is the conference document that is being debated in Istanbul.
The Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) ended in New York during February. Although the spirit of negotiation was good, procedural bottlenecks and the volume of work to be finished produced less than favorable results.
The Earth Negotiations Bulletin prepared a comprehensive summary of the Third Session of the PrepCom, which includes an analysis of the process through PrepCom 3.
In addition, we have posted RealAudio recordings of the final statements If you have any late-breaking news, updates or recent material on Habitat II, send us e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
We published daily issues of the Earth Negotiations Bulletinin French and English from New York. Our daily issues are 2000-word summaries of the official proceedings.
Here is a link to the UN's gopher for press releases on Human Settlements.