Habitat II

Habitat II, the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements took place from June 3 to 14, 1996 in Istanbul, Turkey, twenty years after the original Habitat Conference held in Vancouver when the world community first adopted an agenda for human settlements development. Habitat II – which came to be known as “The City Summit” – brought together 12,000 people with the aim to increase global and national awareness of the problems and potential of human settlements. Subsequent Habitat Conferences occurred on a 20-year cycle, with the third in Quito in 2016 (Habitat III).