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The program for the 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum has been drafted with careful research and extensive consultation with sector experts. The Housing Forum’s topics and sessions have been developed after careful analysis into the most pressing global issues concerning access to decent and affordable housing.

Technology for affordable housing

Cutting-edge technologies that have been, or could be, used to increase access to decent and affordable housing will be showcased in this track. Focusing on innovation, the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum will bring experts and entrepreneurs together to present the latest technologies that can bring social good, ranging from construction materials to satellite mapping methodologies and web applications.

Related plenary or breakout session titles:

  • Can technology solve the housing crisis in Asia-Pacific?
  • Using technology to map land use and address housing needs
  • What’s new? Impact of latest technology on affordable housing
  • Tried and tested innovations for affordable housing in Asia-Pacific
  • Bringing design into the construction of sustainable communities

Innovative partnerships

This track will highlight the potential of multi-level partnerships in achieving goals related to poverty alleviation and the provision of affordable housing in the Asia-Pacific region. Initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals create a shared commitment among different actors to collaborate in addressing and solving different aspects of poverty and advance local and national housing policies that are more inclusive and long-term. Moving beyond aid, organizations must work collectively to facilitate and seek opportunities for social development.

Related plenary or breakout session titles:

  • Development partnerships – sharing risks and rewards
  • Channeling the power of youth through volunteering
  • Housing finance from a microfinance perspective
  • Can impact investment bring development and profit?
  • How should governments and non-governmental organizations work together to achieve resilient communities?

Resilience and social development

Demonstrating how housing is key to fostering city resilience will be the focus of this track. Resilience, as defined by the capacity of areas to respond to crises (natural or man-made), has a close correlation with housing. It invites housing practitioners to focus on how decent and affordable housing can lift entire communities out of poverty, protecting people from natural disasters and generating livelihoods.

Related plenary or breakout session titles:

  • Is grassroots governance the solution for resilient communities?
  • The cost of failure: mitigating risks through housing design and planning
  • Housing policy challenges in ensuring gender equality
  • What tenure formalization strategies bring greater benefits for low-income populations?
  • Finding a place: ensuring decent shelter in an era of displacements

Sustainable urbanization and housing

One year on from Habitat III, the United Nations’ Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, and two years after the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, this track will focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and other initiatives that focus on housing as a central element for proper urban development. Sessions will concentrate on urban housing policies and the role of housing as a way to lift people out of poverty.

Related plenary or breakout session titles:

  • Housing as a catalyst for economic growth: a value chain approach
  • What does ideal housing policy for an urban context look like?
  • Can SGD 11 bring real changes to the way urbanization unfolds?
  • Should slum upgrading be a priority for Asia-Pacific?
  • Water and sanitation as an integral component or urban planning
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