Habitat for Humanity is partnering with United Nations Economic Commission Europe (UNECE), the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to produce “Promoting Sustainable Housing Futures for All”, the 2ndHousing Forum Europe and Central Asia on April 22-24, 2013 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
Featured Speakers: Sven Akalaj, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe will open the forum. Raquel Rolnick, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing will be the featured speaker at the networking reception, and Professor David Sanderson, Director, Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Innovative Format: In addition to presentations by experts in the housing for low income households, the forum features ‘The Hub’. Developed in response to the feedback from participants in the First Housing Forum ECA in 2011, ‘The Hub’ is a key program element during which a maximum of 24 (4 x 6 parallel) working sessions on a variety of themes will be delivered by experts with practical, academic and political experience in the housing for low income households and related fields. During these sessions, hosts will elaborate on cutting-edge practices, ideas, technologies and approaches, with the intent of generating fruitful discussions about the future of housing. Each session must relate to one of four thematic tracks:
- Track A: Regulatory Frameworks and Housing
- Track B: Housing Solutions
- Track C: Housing Vulnerabilities
- Track D: Housing and Human Development
Additional information about the thematic concept for the event and submission of proposals to lead a Hub session at the following site www.ecahousingforum.eu .
Registration: Registration is now open at the forum website, www.ecahousingforum.eu  . The forum will provide a strong platform for exchange, mutual learning and exploration between people who are committed to the cause of sustainable housing. It will focus on the four main thematic tracks: regulatory frameworks, housing solutions, housing vulnerabilities and housing and human development.