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Asia-Pacific Housing Forum 6

The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a sector conference that gathers under one roof major stakeholders engaged in seeking solutions to poverty housing issues and promoting affordable housing as a driver of economic growth. In 2017, with the theme of ‘Housing at the Center’, the sixth iteration of the Housing Forum seeks to find practical and scalable solutions to ensure that more people have a decent place to live. Organized by global non-profit housing organization Habitat for Humanity, the event program has been developed with strategic support from Cities Alliance, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and UN-Habitat. Four preliminary events will be held in Cambodia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, building to the main regional event in Hong Kong, which is expected to attract more than 300 delegates from across the world.

Since it was first held in 2007, the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum has brought together more than 3,400 participants from over 52 countries. Building on the success of previous Housing Forums, the event in 2017 will showcase current challenges and advancements in addressing shelter issues from across the Asia-Pacific region, while also focusing on urbanization, resilience and financing for low-income populations.

The 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum introduces a new track, ‘Technology for affordable housing’, focusing on how technology can and is being used to increase access to decent and affordable housing, land tenure, and sustainable and reliable construction materials. As innovation becomes a key driver in academia, and the private and public sector, the Forum will bring together small and large organizations with great and scalable ideas, fostering new partnerships and progressing opportunities to transform the housing landscape in the region.

The last ten years: addressing urbanization’s challenges

In the last 10 years, housing dynamics and associated policies have shifted significantly: the beginning of the new century saw the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals, the first global initiative of the United Nations to drive specific development targets in all member countries.

In the last decade we have seen recorded, for the first time, more people living in cities than in rural areas, an alarming challenge for the Asia-Pacific region where cities house 63 percent of the world’s poor. The mass movement of people to urban areas is a reality that must be addressed by government, the private sector and civil society if we expect to lift people out of poverty in a sustainable manner. Social inequalities, combined with air pollution and unhealthy living conditions, are tremendous challenges for urban planners and policy makers. The vulnerability of Asian cities to natural disasters is also a major component of concern for government leaders and urban managers. These issues provide a complex set of variables that can significantly impact urban planning and growth.

The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, with specific areas addressing sustainable urbanization and livelihoods, and 2016’s Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, adopting the New Urban Agenda, reflect global recognition of housing, and particularly urbanization, as critical issues to be addressed.

The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is as a valuable platform for stakeholders working across different fields to come together and put the new global directions into action to create affordable housing and inclusive cities.

Asia-Pacific Housing Forum 6 objectives

  • Build a sector-wide platform for sharing innovative technologies and practices.
  • Promote scalable, affordable, housing solutions in Asia-Pacific.
  • Strengthen regional partnerships within, and across, sectors.
  • Showcase successful projects and provide support to motivated individuals and organizations to improve housing conditions, so more people have a decent and affordable place to call home.
 
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