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Housing and Land Management



The UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management works to promote

  • energy efficient and adequate housing, including for those with special needs and vulnerable population groups
  • compact, inclusive, resilient, smart and sustainable cities
  • transparent and efficient land use, and property registration

This work is based on key United Nations policy documents on housing and urban development, including, Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing and Strategy for Sustainable Housing and Land Management 2014-2020

In focus

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A round-up of the UNECE Ministerial Meeting on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management and the 82nd Committee session (6-8 October 2021)

The Ministerial Meeting and the Committee session had over 400 registered participants from 45 countries. Many more followed the meetings via the UN web TV for which registration was not necessary. 40 Ministers and heads of delegations delivered statements during the Ministerial Meeting.

The Ministerial Meeting launched a report on improving housing affordability in the UNECE region - #Housing2030: Effective policies for affordable housing in the UNECE region - and endorsed a regional action plan for the UNECE region tackling challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, climate and housing emergencies in region, city, neighbourhood and homes - Place and Life in the ECE - A Regional Action Plan 2030.

The Ministerial Meeting also opened an exhibition of sketches by Norman Foster, a world-renowned architect, to illustrate the Regional Action Plan.

A well-attended side event on SDG 11 opened the events. UNECE co-organized the In Focus: SDG 11 event with the Geneva Cities Hub.   

More details on the meetings here

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In the new podcast series, URBAN Matters, Tom Miles, a renowned journalist, will be asking mayors and urban experts on how cities are rising to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they can join forces to share ideas and address city challenges related to the pandemic hit. In 2015, the United Nations Member States set a goal of making cities “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” by 2030 (SDG 11), and many cities are already well down the road of thinking about how to transform themselves, piloting projects that aim to make city life greener and safer and more sustainable and happier.

Learn more about URBAN Matters.

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2022 FoM save the date

2022 Forum of Mayors


The second Forum of Mayors (2022 Forum of Mayors) will be held back-to-back with the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development. The event will provide a platform for Mayors from the UNECE region to exchange information on experiences and best practices on city level policies and practices.

Watch an engaging video on the Forum of Mayors



New videos to watch

  • #Housing2030 - Time to think and do differently > link
  • Gary Strong, Chair of the International Fire Safety Standards Coalition, on international standards on fire safety for buildings  
  • Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of UNECE, talks about SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities 
  • "Too little space for too many people", said Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, Albania, on the occasion of Day of Cities ( 8 April 2019, Geneva) 
  • "My call to action is to make sure that we listen to the people and the communities that those policies are designed for", said Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, on the occasion of Day of Cities (8 April 2019, Geneva) 

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