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UNECE Conference on City Living

12 - 13 September 2019
Glasgow United Kingdom

Glasgow, UK

The UNECE Conference on City Living was organized by the city of Glasgow and the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management in partnership with the Academy of Urbanism and the Geneva UN Charter Centre both at the Glasgow School of Arts and the Glasgow City-Region Partnership.

The Conference discussed progress in achieving access to affordable and decent housing for all in the UNECE region through:

  • the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing
  • best practices for the implementation of the above agreements at local, national and international levels, and
  • Glasgow's role in the UK as a best practice of community and managed housing.

Conference website

Conference flyer


Housing and Living: the Context

The Geneva Charter and a UN Perspective
Daniela Grabmüllerová, Vice-Chair, UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management

Demographic Demands on Housing
Franchea Kelly, Chief Executive, Blackwood Housing Association

Housing: A Metropolitan Market
Joyce White OBE, Chief Executive of West Dunbartonshire Council and Chair of Glasgow City Region Housing Portfolio

Glasgow: Britain’s Housing Incubator
Patrick Flynn, Head of Housing Services, Glasgow City Council

City Living

Keynote welcome
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader, Glasgow City Council

Shaping Futures: Changing the Housing Story
Professor Duncan Maclennan, Public Policy, University of Glasgow

Housing in the USA and UK: Reflections on Boston and Glasgow
Professor Jim Stockard, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

Designing the Liveable City: Aarhus
Stephen Willacy, City Architect, Aarhus, Denmark

Glasgow: the Lived City

The Art of Living
Katie Duffy, Senior Projects and Programmes Manager – Arts and Music, Glasgow Life

Sustainable Living
Giorgia Tzar, International Passive House Association

The Living Environment
Max Hislop, Manager, Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership

Healthy Living
Etive Currie, Co-Designer of the Place Standard Tool, Glasgow City Council

Launch of the Glasgow Place Commission
Professor Brian Evans

The Edible City
Pam Warhurst CBE, Incredible Edible

Living in the Neighbourhood I Helped Design
Lisa Scott, Resident and Member of the Design Team for the Commonwealth Village

Building the Urbanism Network in Scotland
Tony Reddy, Incoming Chair, The Academy of Urbanism

Resolving and Moving Forward the Glasgow Declaration
Dr Elena Szolgayová, Chair, UNECE Committee on Housing & Land Management

A New International Partner
Anuela Ristani, Deputy Mayor, International Affairs, Tirana, Albania

Closing Keynote Address
Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Scottish Government


For inquiries, please contact:

Geneva: Gulnara Roll, Secretary to the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management, at

Glasgow: Jas Atwal, Conference Curator, at