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Forum on Adequate Housing for Latin America and the Caribbean: “Shared solutions for inclusive cities” begins

More than 250 participants from civil organizations, NGOs, government representatives, the private sector, finance companies and academia will share experiences in the provision of adequate housing solutions during the first regional Forum on Adequate Housing for Latin America and the Caribbean. The event seeks solutions that will help decrease the housing deficit.

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (September 24, 2012) – The inaugural event for the Forum on Adequate Housing in Latin America and the Caribbean kicks off at 4 p.m. tomorrow, September 25. Colombian Housing Minister Germán Vargas Lleras, as well as Henry Cisneros, who served as U.S. Secretary of Housing under Bill Clinton, will be present at the event.

The inauguration agenda includes a commemoration of World Habitat Day and the launch of the Best Practices Expo, announcements shared by Habitat for Humanity International’s Torre Nelson and Father Diego Jaramillo, president of the Minuto de Dios Corporation.

The Forum on Adequate Housing in Latin America and the Caribbean, which runs from Tuesday, September 25 through Friday, September 28, is a multisectorial forum focused on practical and innovative solutions to providing vulnerable populations with access to adequate housing in sustainable, inclusive cities. Securing the right to the city for vulnerable populations is the main objective of leading organizers Habitat for Humanity International, UN-Habitat, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Minuto de Dios Corporation.

World-renowned housing leaders and experts, whose public or private positions put them at the forefront of adequate housing projects in their respective countries, will participate in the event.
The Forum will also include the presentation of practical and innovative solutions that have proved effective in other countries of the world. Among the event’s objectives is the positioning of housing issues as a key factor in the construction of 21st century Latin American and Caribbean cities, learning new approaches to housing solutions that aim to decrease the housing deficit and, ultimately, to contribute to UN-Habitat’s 2025 global housing strategy.

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UN-HABITAT is a United Nations agency that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities in order to achieve adequate housing for all. It is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with a regional office for Latin America located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

About International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
IFRC is a humanitarian organization that focuses on promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness and health and community care. It is comprised of 187 societies and a Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

About Corporación El Minuto de Dios
El Minuto de Dios is a non-governmental organization with over 53 years of experience, which carries out its mission by prioritizing the provision of adequate housing for the poor and promoting the comprehensive development of communities in Colombia by raising awareness and mobilizing resources from individual and national sources.

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a global Christian nongovernmental housing organization that brings together people of all races, nationalities and religions to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by building and improving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity first opened its doors in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 1979, and has since helped more than 150,000 low-income families to access adequate housing in the region.