second substantive session of the preparatory committee (PrepCom
II) for the Special Session of the General Assembly (UNGASS) for
an overall review and appraisal of the implementation of the Habitat
Agenda took place from 19-23 February 2001, at the United Nations
Center for Human Settlements (UNCHS) in Nairobi, Kenya. Over 500
government delegates from 98 countries, 200 NGO representatives,
30 representatives of local authorities, 26 representatives from
the UN and intergovernmental organizations, and 10 parliamentarians
attended. Left: Chair Garcia-Durán, moments before he gaveled
PrepCom II to a close at 11:30 pm.
During the PrepCom, delegates met in Plenary sessions for general
debate on the draft report on the overall review and appraisal of
implementation and the draft declaration on the cities and other
human settlements in the new millennium and on further actions and
initiatives for the implementation of the Habitat Agenda. The draft
declaration was then forwarded to the Drafting Committee for negotiations.
The Committee of the Whole (COW) dealt with issues of procedure
and organizational matters relating to the June 2001 special session.
At the end of the week, delegates adopted the PrepCom's report,
one resolution and six decisions covering various issues relating
to the special session, including a proposal on how to structure
discussion among the various Habitat Agenda partners, organizational
arrangements for the special session, which include the rules of
procedure, and a 62-paragraph declaration on cities and other human
settlements in the new millennium. Continued in the ENB's summary
- see links, above right.
Macartney, Canadian delegation [left] discussing a draft
proposal with Chair Konukiewitz [center] and an unidentified
French delegate [left] during the extended final session
of the Drafting Committee.
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