News from the second Housing Forum Europe & Central Asia

Location announced:  Organizers of “Promoting Sustainable Housing Futures for All”, the 2nd Housing Forum Europe and Central Asia, are pleased to announce  to announce that the forum will be held at the Palais des Nations, home of the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland on April 22–24, 2013. This magnificent building is an outstanding testimony to twentieth century architecture, overlooking Lake Geneva, with a splendid view of the Alps and, on a clear day, the Mont Blanc.

the Palais des Nations in Geneva

Between 1929 and 1936 this palace served as headquarters for the League of Nations.

Featured Speakers:  The Forum’s Opening Session speaker is Sven Akalaj , Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Raquel Rolnick, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing will present at the networking reception, and  Professor David Sanderson, Director,  Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Innovative Format: In addition to presentations by experts in the housing field, the forum features ‘The Hub’. Developed in response to the feedback from participants in the First Housing Forum ECA in 2011, ‘The Hub’ is a key program element during which a maximum of 24 (4 x 6 parallel) working sessions on a variety of themes will be delivered by experts with practical, academic and political experience in the housing and related fields. During these sessions, hosts will elaborate on cutting-edge practices, ideas, technologies and approaches, with the intent of generating fruitful discussions about the future of housing. Each session must relate to one of four thematic tracks:

–          Track A: Regulatory Frameworks and Housing

–          Track B: Housing Solutions

–          Track C: Housing Vulnerabilities

–          Track D: Housing and Human Development

You can find more information about the thematic concept for the event and submission of proposals to lead a Hub session at the following

Registration: Registration is now open at the forum website, .   The forum will provide a strong platform for exchange, mutual learning and exploration between people who are committed to the cause of sustainable housing. It will focus on the four main thematic tracks: regulatory frameworks, housing solutions, housing vulnerabilities and housing and human development.

The forum will bring together representatives of government, the private sector, civil and social organizations, as well as international organizations and institutions to create a common vision for affordable and sustainable housing in the region.

Visit the forum website, to stay informed with the latest updates and to register.

If you are interested in contributing to this project or would like to receive more information please contact Jane Shapiro at

By Jane Shapiro
Program Manager
2nd Housing Forum ECA

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