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    NGO Standing Committee at UNESCO. Contribution, Habitat II - City Summit.

    NGO Standing Committee at UNESCO

    Paris, France, NGO Standing Committee at UNESCO, [1996]. [4] p.

    This paper summarizes the contributions and the 15 propositions of the Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Standing Committee at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the Habitat II-City Summit. It also includes the international NGO seminar at UNESCO on "City Dweller, Citizen" held on March 1996. In accordance with its ethical mission, UNESCO has oriented its action for the Habitat II towards the themes of solidarity and of citizenship in the spirit of peace and of conservation of the environment. The Permanent Committee of NGOs accredited to UNESCO, elected by the Conference of the 585 NGOs having official relationships with UNESCO, is deeply involved in the programs and research undertaken by UNESCO.
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    Down to the last drop.


    UNESCO SOURCES. 1996 Nov; (84):1-21.

    The November 1996 issue of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization Source journal covers issues concerning governance, bioethics, environment, and education. In addition to its regular letter to the editor, insights, page and screen, and people were presented wherein it paid tribute to the organizer of Black Art Festival, Mr. Leopold Sedar Senghor. Specifically, in the Governance section, it reports the unusual gathering of politicians and political activists to examine the viability of democracy in Latin America. In Bioethics, it tackles the tough decisions arising with new reproductive technologies while the Environment section presents the agenda for the 21st century to save planet Earth. The Education section reports the outcome of the International Conference on Education held in Geneva, which restores teachers to their rightful places in Education. The global water crisis is the main feature of this paper.
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    Note presented by the Director-General of UNESCO. United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, HABITAT II City Summit, Istanbul, 3-14 June 1996.

    UNESCO. Director-General

    [Paris, France], UNESCO, 1996. 23 p. (SHS-96/WS/4)

    The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General presented this paper at the 1996 UN Conference on Human Settlements held in Istanbul on June 3-14, 1996. Chapter 1 focuses on the diagnosis and prospects of cities in the 21st century, wherein cities are regarded as the focal point of social transformations. Urban revolution is also bringing about a qualitative shift, which can link to the globalization of the economy and technologies, and this in turn, makes far-reaching transformations whose consequences remain to be gauged. Chapter 2 describes the role played by UNESCO in the construction of the city of the 21st century, particularly on two fronts: knowledge and action in the field. Humanizing the city is the ethical message of UNESCO. The major aim is to provide shelter for every citizen, wherein homes are built by recognizing the right of every citizen to adequate housing. Chapter 3 discusses the directions and modalities of action undertaken by UNESCO. UNESCO will make every effort to ensure that the Habitat II Global Plan of Action will be implemented by adopting a partnership approach that involves nongovernmental organizations, cities and local authorities, universities and the world of research. The capacity for contribution, innovation, and action must be supported and enhanced through education, training, information, and communication. UNESCO has already undertaken this crucial mission by getting involved in the training of city technicians and decision-makers, setting up information networks and data banks, and communication activities designed for the media.
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