On the first
day of the PrepCom, the issue of a World Charter on Local Self-Government
that persisted throughout the Habitat II process resurfaced during the
general debate. While some participants would like the proposed charter
to be discussed more formally later this week, others say its proponents
are very few, and that in light of the large opposition to such a charter
expressed at the CHS meeting last week, many seem to prefer sweeping the
issue under the carpet. However, some think that with the high presence
of mayors at the PrepCom the subject is likely to be revived and that
even if the issue is not resolved at this session, it is likely to be
raised again at the UNGASS.
Above right: at the UN compound at
Gigiri, buildings are not separated by closed corridors, instead they
are linked by open breezeways.