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Land, property and construction are reckoned to account for around 20 per cent of the gross domestic product of many nations. The relationship between people and the land is complex and differs between nations depending on their history, culture and legal system. Many countries, especially those...
The Habitat II conference in June 1996 was more determined by retrospect and prospect than by the discussions during the several days in Istanbul. The policy outcomes were fashioned by reforms and research in the mid 1980s leading to the 'new urban agenda', the Global Strategy for Shelter, and...
Although economic issues have been featured significantly in the urban literature since Habitat I in 1976, they have usually been related to sector issues or to applications in urban microeconomic analysis. At the mid stage between Habitat I and Habitat II, urban specialists increasingly made...
This paper outlines a framework for assessing the environmental performance of cities in regard to the meeting of sustainable development goals. It also considers how the environmental goals fit with the social, economic and political goals of sustainable development and the kinds of national...
Financing issues received major attention in the discussions of human settlement development policy through the preparatory process for Habitat II and at the Conference itself. This paper presents an overview of the existing knowledge and policy experience in housing finance and urban...
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