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Goals and Principles, Commitments and the Global Plan of Action

We recognize the imperative need to improve the quality of human settlements, which profoundly affects the daily lives and well-being of our peoples. There is a sense of great opportunity and hope that a new world can be built, in which economic development, social development and environmental protection as interdependent and mutually reinforcing components of sustainable development can be realized through solidarity and cooperation within and between countries and through effective partnerships at all levels. International cooperation and universal solidarity, guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and in a spirit of partnership, are crucial to improving the quality of life of the peoples of the world. This can be visualized here.


Landscapes of Human Activities
Jerome Donald Fellmann, Arthur Getis, Judith Getis
Brown &Benchmark Publishers
ISBN: 0-697-29038-7

The fundamental question asked by geographers is "Does it make a difference where things are located?" If for any one thing or group of things the answer is "You bet it does," the geographer's interest is aroused and ge­ographic investigation is appropriate. For example, it matters a great deal that languages of a certain kind are spoken in certain places. But knowledge of the location of a specific language group is not of itself particularly significant. Geographic study of a language requires that we try to answer questions about why and how- the language shows different characteristics in different lo­cations and how the present distribution of its speakers came about. In the course of our study, we would logi­cally discuss such concepts as migration, acculturation, the diffusion of innovation, the effect of physical barri­ers on communication, and the relationship of lan­guage to other aspects of culture. As geographers, we are interested in how things arc interrelated in differ­ent regions and give evidence of the existence of "spa­tial systems". This can be visualized here.