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A BRIEF HISTORY OF HABITAT II

The Second UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) is meeting on the 20th anniversary of the first Habitat Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The Secretary-General of the Conference is Dr. Wally N’Dow.

The objectives for Habitat II are: (1) in the long term, to arrest the deterioration of global human settlement conditions and ultimately create the conditions for achieving improvements in the living environment of all people on a sustainable basis, with special attention to the needs and contributions of women and vulnerable social groups; and (2) to adopt a general statement of principles and commitments and formulate a related Global Plan of Action capable of guiding national and international efforts through the first two decades of the next century.