UN-Habitat will next week organise the first international Expert Group Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to discuss and formulate the new Global Housing Strategy to the year 2025.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. © UN-Habitat/Julius Mwelu
The 21-22 March 2012 event follows the resolution of the 23rd Session of the Governing Council calling for an immediate action to formulate a road map and review the implementation of the Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000 and to formulate a new Global Housing Strategy to the Year 2025, taking into account the challenges of providing adequate and sustainable housing and basic infrastructure and the need to integrate housing policies into broader urban planning strategies and governmental actions, aligning them with other social, cultural, economic and environmental policies.
The event is bringing together the co-authors of the regional assessment reports for Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, North Africa and Greater Arabia, Europe and North America and Oceania.
The experts will present, discuss, and reflect on the regional assessments of the housing sector and the regional analysis of the implementation of the Global Strategy for Shelter to the year 2000. From this, an understanding of the current shifts in housing policy and practice in the world region will be harnessed, in the context of a fast urbanisation, high rates of slum formation, and with respect to the current challenges faced by countries regarding the provision of adequate housing, with special attention to low-income households and vulnerable groups.
The formulation of a global road map will take into account a timeline leading to the Third United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (HABITAT III Conference, 2016) that incorporates the discussions and outcomes leading to the Sixth and Seventh Sessions of the World Urban Forum (WUF 6 to be held in 2012 and WUF 7 to be held in 2014), as well as the proposed regional road maps.
The event will also be an opportunity to draft the outline of the forthcoming global event to present the final regional assessment reports and global review of the housing sector, as well as the roadmap towards the Global Housing Strategy to the year 2025, at the 6th session of the World Urban Forum in Naples, September 2012.