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GENERAL ASSEMBLY HIGHLIGHTS

The Second Committee of the UN General Assembly addressed Habitat II from 8 - 16 November 1994. Dr. Wally N'Dow, Secretary-General of Habitat II, said that at the turn of the century, only one in 10 people lived in cities; when it ends, half of the world's population will be urban dwellers. Today the bulk of urban population growth occurs in developing countries.

A draft resolution on the 'United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II)' (A/C.2/49/L.27) was first tabled by the co-sponsors, Algeria, on behalf of the G- 77 and China, and Turkey. After informal consultations by members of the Second Committee, the Vice Chair, Raiko Raichev (Bulgaria) submitted a new draft resolution (A/C.2/49/L.61). This resolution was adopted as orally amended by the Committee on Friday, 9 December 1994. The operative part of the resolution, as contained in L.61, takes note of the reports of the PrepCom on its organizational session and first substantive session and endorses the decisions contained therein. The resolution approves the PrepCom's recommendation that a third substantive session of the PrepCom be held at UN Headquarters early in 1996 to complete the preparatory work for the Conference. The resolution also:

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