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A BRIEF HISTORY OF HABITAT II

The Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) was held in Istanbul, Turkey on the 20th anniversary of the first Habitat Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The Secretary- General of Habitat II was Wally N’Dow. The objectives for Habitat II were: (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; 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.