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The Global Strategy at a glance

The Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000 (GSS) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 43/181 of 23 December 1988, Its principal objectives are:

· To facilitate shelter for all by the year 2000;
· To focus on improving the situation of the disadvantaged and the poor.

The following fundamental principles form the basis of the Strategy:

(a) Enabling policies, in which the full potential and resources of all governmental and non-governmental actors in the field of human settlements are utilized, must be at the heart of national and international efforts;

(b) Shelter and development are mutually supportive and interdependent, and policies must be developed in full recognition of the important links between shelter and economic development;

(c) The concept of sustainable development implies that shelter provision and urban development must be reconcilable with sustainable management of resources and within national economic institutional capacities;

(d) Women - and women’s organizations - fill a crucial role as contributors to the solution of human settlements problems, which should be fully recognized and reflected in equal participation of women in the elaboration of housing policies, programmes and projects, and the specific interests and capabilities of women should be adequately represented at all levels of planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of housing policies, programmes and projects.