Raquel Rolnik: Adequate housing is not just four walls and a roof

Listen to the speech made by Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, addressing the questions of rethinking the housing policies and recognizing opportunities during the “biggest housing crisis of the last decade”.

Housing Forum Europe & Central Asia 2013 in numbers

ECA Housing Forum in one Prezi

ECA Housing Forum in one Prezi

ECA Housing Forum 2013 was attended by 147 delegates from 71 organizations and covered number of themes, including vulnerable populations (migrants and Roma population), finance, energy efficiency, mental health, social housing, tenure, regulatory frameworks and legal issues, co-benefits of housing, as well as housing and disaster response.

Remind yourselves of ECA Housing Forum 2013 with a Prezi presentation from Anna Lena Schiller. The presentation is also available online.

Speak up! At the Fourth Asia Pacific Housing Forum

SPEAK UP! against poverty housingThe fourth Asia Pacific Housing Forum, which is being organized by Habitat for Humanity International, will be held at the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel from 2-4 October 2013. This biennial, three-day event is a leading platform for governments, private sector businesses, thought leaders and civil society to discuss creative solutions to poverty housing and the inter-related issues of sustainable energy, land tenure, climate change and disaster risks, among others. The forum’s agenda will focus on the theme “Housing as a foundation for breaking the poverty cycle”.  We would appreciate if you could help us forward this invitation to your network. Details on registration are at

Shelter is acknowledged as a basic human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a fundamental catalyst in breaking the cycle of poverty. Living in a decent home means improved health for the family, children doing better at school and increased livelihood opportunities. Yet in Asia Pacific, which is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies, over 500 million people, or about one in eight, still live in slums.

To date, our partners for the event include the International Federation of the Red Cross, the Asian Development Bank, the Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council, the Aditya Birla Group, the Philippine Climate Change Commission, Citi, Bayer, Ayala Land, Panasonic, among others.

We have a number of distinguished personalities who have already confirmed their participation. They include Vice President Jejomar Binay of the Philippines; former US Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros; Deputy Secretary General Alicia Bala of ASEAN; Secretary Dinky Soliman of the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development; Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering of the Philippine Climate Change Commission; Donovan Storey, Chief of Sustainable Urban Development at UNESCAP; Dr. Liu Thai Ker, Chairman, Centre for Livable Cities; Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi, Secretary General of the Asia-Pacific Union for Housing Finance; Vikram Gandhi, Founder and CEO of VSG Capital Advisors; Hassan Ahmad, Chief Executive, Mercy Relief; Graham Saunders, International Federation of the Red Cross; among other distinguished panelists.

In addition to breakout sessions, there’ll be a one-day Housing Finance Course to be run by the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania (Wharton-Habitat for Humanity Housing Finance Course); a one-day workshop on the Eco-Town Framework by the Philippine Climate Change Commission; and demonstration/discussion workshops by the Asian Development Bank on energy efficiency technologies and sustainable energy for all. We look forward to your participation.

To see more information download our information brochure.