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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.

Promoting sustainable housing futures for all

Second Housing Forum for Europe and Central Asia, 22-24 April, 2013

Decent housing should be seen as a fundamental human right.

The Europe and Central Asia region includes diverse economies with varying housing situations, from owner-driven markets to strong social rental models or those in transition. The challenges in the region include natural disasters and adverse climate change, the reduction of poverty and exclusion, an ageing population, ineffective financial regulation and practices, outdated and dilapidated housing stock, poverty and unequal access to water and other essential services and increasing household energy consumption. [Read more…]

Habitat for Humanity to host Housing Forums throughout Latin America and the Caribbean

In recognition of World Habitat Day this Monday, October 3, Habitat for Humanity organizations throughout the region will host Housing Forums to raise awareness regarding the need to reduce housing vulnerability in the face of climate-related disasters, among other issues. [Read more…]