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Housing and Land Management

UNECE establishes Toronto Centre of Excellence on Youth Homelessness Prevention at York University

Approximately 150 million people are homeless and  more than 1.8 billion people worldwide lack adequate and  affordable housing. While levels of homelessness vary considerably across UNECE countries, finding sustainable solutions to ensure access to housing for all members of society remains a significant challenge.

UNECE-led Partnership to improve energy efficiency of the building supply chain in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia 

A UNECE-led partnership will improve energy efficiency of the global building supply chain and its products to deliver high performance buildings in seven UNECE member States: Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. 

More “joined-up” approaches to measure and monitor sustainability are needed to sharpen policies in UNECE region 

More robust monitoring and measuring systems are required to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a UNECE report on Measuring and Monitoring progress towards SDGs that uses a “nexus” approach to chart a course for more “joined up”

UNECE calls for integrated and sustainable natural resource use through a "nexus" approach

The use of material resources, fuelled by economic and population growth, urbanisation and societal changes, has increased more than ten times since 1900 and is set to double again by 2030. The annual global extraction of materials has increased from 27 to 92 billion tonnes since 1970, while the world's population more than doubled, and global CO2 emissions rose by about 90 per cent.   

UNECE supports countries to address gaps in energy efficiency standards in buildings

Buildings consume over 70 per cent of the electrical power generated and 40 per cent of primary energy and are responsible for 40 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions from related fuel combustion. At the same time, in 2018, out of 4.5 trillion USD spent on building construction and renovation, the total amount spent on energy efficiency in buildings counted for USD 139 billion. During the last five years, the energy efficiency improvement rate slowed down, and the investment trend mirrored that situation.  

UNECE promotes Voluntary Local Reviews as a tool to support recovering better from the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on cities and the wellbeing of communities.  Cities and urban areas are at the frontline in the fight against the COVID-19 public health crisis and its socio-economic consequences. They also hold significant potential for recovering better by adopting safe, sustainable and resilient urban economy planning solutions.