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Forum on Adequate Housing for Latin America and the Caribbean seeks solutions for housing deficit

More than 250 participants from civil organizations, NGOs, government representatives, the private sector, finance companies and academia share experiences in the provision of adequate housing solutions.

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (Sept. 26, 2012) – The Forum on Adequate Housing in Latin America and the Caribbean is under way this week where participants are in dialogue about how to help decrease the housing deficit throughout the region. Colombian Housing Minister Germán Vargas Lleras and former U.S. Secretary of Housing Henry Cisneros are featured speakers.

The multisectorial event is focusing on practical and innovative solutions for providing vulnerable populations with access to adequate housing that is sustainable and inclusive within urban environments.

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 and, ultimately, to contribute to UN-Habitat’s 2025 global housing strategy.

Leading organizers include Habitat for Humanity International, UN-Habitat, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Minuto de Dios Corporation.

For more information, visit foroviviendaadecuada.com, write to Foro@foroviviendaadecuada.org or call (1) 5874441 or 018000 04 62 23.

About UN-HABITAT
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 more than 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 nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.