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Key Housing Forum speakers announced

Featured speakers at the second Housing Forum Europe and Central Asia will be Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and David Sanderson, Director, Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University.

Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Sven AlkalajExecutive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Sven Alkalaj, Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), has dealt with political and economic issues at the national, regional, European, and international levels, gaining particular experience in enhancing regional cooperation amongst countries in the Western Balkans as well as the Eastern European and the Commonwealth of Independent States countries.

He served as Foreign Affairs Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2007 to 2012. Earlier in his career, he held the position of Ambassador to the United States of America, the Organization of American States, the Kingdom of Belgium and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Prior to this, Sven Alkalaj worked in the private sector as the Managing Director of a multinational engineering company.

David Sanderson, Director of Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP)

David SandersonDirector of Centre for Development and Emergency Practice

David Sanderson, Director, Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University, has worked in over thirty countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean doing project management, training, research and consultancies in development and emergencies.

After serving as a Research Associate at Oxford Brookes University’s Centre for Development and Emergency Practice, he worked as Project Manager at the Oxford Centre for Disaster Studies, focusing on disaster risk reduction, then for the NGO CARE International UK, first as Senior Technical and Policy Advisor and Head of the Policy Unit, and subsequently for four years as Regional Manager for Southern and West Africa, in CARE’s Regional Management Unit in South Africa.

His professional experience lies in urban poverty, disaster risk reduction and livelihoods. He has undertaken work for the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), European Commission (DiPECHO, EC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank (EDI Section), United Nations (UNDP/UNDESA), Action by Churches Together (ACT), British Council, Christian Aid, Tear Fund and the Mott Foundation.

Dates for the second Housing Forum Europe & Central Asia announced

Four partnering organizations are planning to hold the second Housing Forum Europe & Central Asia in April 2013. This event will continue the discussions on the need for sustainable housing in the region and will attempt to identify priorities for improving housing conditions and changing housing policies. This will a second joint forum organized by partnering institutions: Habitat for Humanity Europe and Central Asia, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. [Read more…]

Putting decent housing on the political agenda in Europe and Central Asia

Four organizations hold the first Housing Forum in the region to explore and share solutions that address the urgent and widespread problem of substandard housing.

Bratislava, Slovakia (March 7, 2011) – Housing development is generally expensive and hard to execute, and the biggest issue for many is its affordability, especially in developing countries or those undergoing economic transition. The recent foreclosure crisis has also challenged a popular house for everyone model. At the same time, access to adequate housing is one of the fundamental human rights which should be recognized, respected and protected. [Read more…]