Habitat for Humanity International to Participate in UN Habitat II Conference
May 16, 1996 - Representatives from many nations will gather in Istanbul, Turkey from June 3-14 to address worldwide human settlement issues at the UN Habitat II Conference. Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) will send a delegation to Istanbul which will include the President and Founder of HFHI, Millard Fuller. Fuller will speak and participate in several sessions including the Plenary and the Human Solidarity Forum.
Habitat for Humanity will have a significant presence at the Habitat II Conference. Fuller will share Habitat for Humanity International's experience in working to eliminate substandard housing. Habitat for Humanity delegates will also address human settlement issues and seek to gain insight about housing from the experience of participants from many nations.
"We view this gathering as a most important one because it is going to spotlight the enormous problem of inadequate and sub-standard housing in the world today and, hopefully will put forward some positive ideas on how to alleviate the problem," said Fuller. "Furthermore, national strategies, including the housing strategy of the United States, are characterized by a scaling down of the public-sector role in housing production. This means that now, as never before, non-governmental organizations have a vital role to play in providing the housing that is needed for a growing world population."
According to Fuller, "Habitat for Humanity has always had a policy of collaborating with other agencies to enhance our work of building and renovating houses for families in need. We look forward to further collaboration with the United Nations Habitat programs and with other kindred agencies in the United States and elsewhere around the world. The Habitat II Conference provides a great opportunity to bring people and organizations together- -government and non-government -- to face the challenge of housing the world's people in need."
In early 1996, HFHI received a National Excellence Award for City Summit for its "innovative" approach to providing affordable housing. HFHI is currently being considered for a "Best Practices" Award internationally. The organization's work will be showcased at the UN Habitat II conference.
Habitat for Humanity is now in its 20th year. Since it was founded in 1976, the nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry has built nearly 45,000 homes worldwide. There are now more than 1,200 affiliates located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and more than 200 international affiliates coordinating 800 building programs in nearly 50 nations. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to help build houses with families in need.