Late Breaking News on Habitat II

Last updated 5 June 1996 --

Delegates spent the morning determining officers for working groups that will negotiate the Habitat Agenda
After a full morning of informal consultations, Habitat II delegates Tuesday selected officers for the working groups of Committee I. Both groups met in the afternoon and began negotiations on the Habitat Agenda, the main document of the Conference. The right to adequate housing, the level of NGO participation and parental rights again generated considerable debate as delegates launched substantive negotiations. The G-77/China said agreement on other sections of the Habitat Agenda would depend ultimately on the satisfactory resolution of text on international cooperation and follow-up.

In the corridors, participants pondered the possible role of the UN Centre for Human Settlements in Conference implementation and followup, while Conference leaders are planning strategy to complete negotiations on difficult issues.

Glynn Khonje of Zambia was elected Chair of Working Group II, the decisions of which could be key to other negotiations
Details on debate from Habitat II's second day are in Wednesday's Earth Negotiations Bulletin's from Habitat II.

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We will continue our live coverage of Habitat II through 19 June. We have recorded RealAudio interviews and daily issues in English and French of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. More pictures and sound coming soon. Stay tuned!!

ENB will not be covering most of the Plenary statements. These statements and press releases from the Conference are available on the Conference Secretariat's WWW site.

Here is the conference document that will be 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 has prepared a comprehensive summary of the Third Session of the PrepCom, which includes an analysis of the process to date.

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

We published daily issues of the Earth Negotiations Bulletinin French and English from here in 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.