UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS Vancouver, 31 MAY -11 JUNE 1976 SUBMITTED BY: ASHLEY MULLER
“Mankind must not be daunted by the scale of the task ahead. There is needfor awareness of and responsibility for increased activity of the nationalGovernments and international community , aimed at mobilization of economicresources, institutional changes and international solidarity.” - of the Declarationof Principles, resulting from the Vancouver Conference. The premise of this conference was to strive to create policy which would effectively reduce the destruction of human dignity and necessary environmental resources as the worldʼs population was projected to nearly double in size over the course of the next 25 years thereby creating an overpopulation crisis. VANCOUVER, 1976 IMAGE CREDIT: HTTP://VANCOUVER.CA/CTYCLERK/ARCHIVES/ABOUT/ANN1997.HTM
Population Growth “ Are there any feasible strategies and implementable means, of bringing population growth to an end without government coercion, war or epidemic?”
REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE FOLLOWING STATES TOOK PART IN THE CONFERENCE:AFGHANISTAN, ALGERIA, ANGOLA, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, BAHAMAS, BAHRAIN, BANGLADESH, BARBADOS, BELGIUM, BENIN, BHUTAN, BOLIVIA, BOTSWANA, BRAZIL,BULGARIA, BURMA, BURUNDI, BYELORUSSIAN SSR, CANADA, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CHAD, CHILE, COLUMBIA, CONGO, COSTA RICA, CUBA, CYPRUS, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, DEMOCRATIC YEMEN, DENMARK, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EGYPT, EL SALVADOR, FIJI, FINLAND, FRANCE, GABON, GAMBIA, GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, GERMANY (FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF), GHANA, GREECE, GRENADA, GUATEMALA, GUINEA-BISSAU,GUYANA, HAITI, HOLY SEE, HONDURAS, HUNGARY, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRAN, IRAQ, IRELAND, ISRAEL, ITALY, IVORY COAST, JAMAICA, JAPAN, JORDAN, KENYA, KUWAIT, LESOTHO, LIBERIA, LIBYAN ARABIC REPUBLIC, LUXEMBOURG, MADAGASCAR, MALAYSIA, MALI,MAURITANIA, MAURITIUS, MEXICO, MONACO, MONGOLIA, MOROCCO, MOZAMBIQUE, NEPAL, NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND, NICARAGUA, NIGER, NIGERIA, NORWAY, OMAN, PAKISTAN, PANAMA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, PARAGUAY, PERU, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, PORTUGAL, QATAR, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, ROMANIA, RWANDA, SAUDI ARABIA, SENEGAL, SIERRA LEONE, SINGAPORE, SOMALIA, SPAIN, SRI LANKA, SUDAN, SWAZILAND, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC, THAILAND, TOGO, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, TUNISIA, TURKEY, UGANDA, UKRAINIAN SSR, UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND, UNITED REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON, UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA, UNITED STATES OFAMERICA, UPPER VOLTA, URUGUAY, VENEZUELA, YEMEN, YUGOSLAVIA, ZAIRE AND ZAMBIA.
The International Labor Organization, the food and agriculture organizationof the united nations, the united nations educational, scientiﬁc and culturalorganization, the world health organization, the international bank forreconstruction and development and the world meteorological organization.3
“THERE IS A NEW WORLD IN THEMAKING. NO NATION CAN AFFORD ANY LONGER TO ISOLATE ITSELF IN SELF CONTEMPLATION, CLASPING TO ITS BREAST ITS POSSESSIONS IN DENIAL TOOTHERS ... WE HAVE ENTERED THE ERA OF A COMMUNITY OF INTEREST...” - PIERRE ELLIOT TRUDEAU, VANCOUVER 1976
1976: One third of the entire urbanpopulation of the developing world livesin slums and squatter settlements. NAIROBI SLUMS CALCUTTA, INDIA
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RAILWAYS SQUATTER SETTLEMENT
The Vancouver Declarationimproving the quality of life through more equitable distribution of development beneﬁts, planning and regulating land use, protecting the environment, integrating women and youth, and rehabilitating people displaced by natural and man-made catastrophes.