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[New York, New York], UNFPA, 1996 Jun 3. 76 p.This document reports the interest of the United Nation's Population Fund (UNFPA) in the Habitat II conference and, in particular, in the plan of action that will be decided upon in Istanbul. The Fund's primary objective is to increase awareness that the demographic future is not inevitable, that previous UN conferences have set out guideposts for reaching a more favorable outcome by addressing the basic social needs of individuals and families. In order to bring population-settlement linkages to the fore, UNFPA has actively involved itself in preparatory activities for Habitat II. The list of UNFPA activities includes participation in the Habitat Preparatory Committee and the intersessional Informal Drafting Group. UNFPA has rendered support to the general work of the conference secretariat by financing one senior post on a temporary basis. To move these linkages, UNFPA also sponsored various preparatory meetings, both globally and regionally. The Symposium on International Migration and Urbanization in Developing Countries concerned: Implications for Habitat II held by UNFPA to proposed recommendations addressing issues on urban population growth and policies; vulnerable groups; sustainable land use; poverty reduction and employment creation; environmentally sustainable and healthy human settlement; improving urban economies; and balanced development in rural settlements. Aside from that, UNFPA also co-sponsored, along with the UN Center for Human Settlements (Habitat), another symposium entitled From Cairo to Istanbul: International Symposium on Human Settlements to draft recommendations on the linkages with the environment and implications of aging population.
In: Proceedings of the Expert Group Meeting on Innovative Techniques for Population Censuses and Large-Scale Demographic Surveys, The Hague, 22-26 April 1996, [compiled by] Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute [NIDI], United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA]. The Hague, Netherlands, NIDI, 1996. 203-13.Decennial censuses are a major source of information needed for effective development planning and the monitoring of population, socioeconomic, and environmental trends. However, census data are typically processed slowly and published after considerable delay. The data are then disseminated inefficiently, barely reaching the various target groups of users. The author discusses the use of census data and mapping that data. PopMap is an integrated software for geographical information, graphics, and maps databases. A UNFPA-funded project designed and developed the software in collaboration with the Viet Nam Institute of Information Technology. The software can help developing countries establish geographical databases. The following experiences with PopMap application development are described: Zimbabwe census geographical database, Uganda 1991 census atlas, Madagascar 1993 census atlas, and the Indonesian geographical database for support of the family planning program. Technical issues and how developing countries can access PopMap are also discussed.