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Housing and Land Management

UNECE and partners renew commitment to Kharkiv reconstruction at Ukraine Recovery Conference, calling for greater support    

Kharkiv, the second most populous city in Ukraine situated just 30 km from the Russian border, is among the urban areas most affected by the war and the target of renewed shelling over the last weeks.  

In Kyiv, UNECE Executive Secretary reaffirms support for reconstruction of Ukraine

Ahead of the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin on 11 – 12 June 2024, UNECE Executive Secretary Tatiana Molcean visited Kyiv from 4 to 6 June to discuss UNECE support for the country’s reconstruction and recovery with Ukrainian government officials, the United Nations Country Team, the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, and other international partners.    

International architecture competition launched to upgrade damaged housing units in Kharkiv

As part of the new Masterplan Concept being developed for Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second most populous city, the Norman Foster Foundation along with the Kharkiv City Council, the UNECE UN4UkrainianCities Initiative, Arup, the Kharkivproject Institute and Buildner are launching an international competition to upgrade housing and residential neighbourhoods in the city. 

UNECE’s city profile of Podgorica, Montenegro, to support smart urban development

In recent years, Montenegro and its capital city, Podgorica, have been committed to accelerate sustainable and smart urban development through a variety of ambitious national and regional and local measures, such as digitalization of public services, modernization of public transport, and to increase environmental protection.  

UNECE helps Ukraine draft law to address housing challenges and develops municipal investment tracker for greater transparency in reconstruction projects

A joint assessment by the Government of Ukraine, the World Bank Group, the European Commission and the UN released in March 2023 estimated the cost of reconstruction and recovery at USD 411 billion. As the destruction of the war continues, UNECE is stepping up its support in preparation for recovery and reconstruction in Ukraine’s urban areas. 

Housing affordability: a key challenge  

UNECE Forum of Mayors fosters city-to-city learning for regeneration and resilience, facilitating an inclusive multilateralism

Leaders from over 40 cities worldwide have reaffirmed the value of sharing experience, knowhow and partnerships as part of an inclusive multilateral process at the Third UNECE Forum of Mayors.  

City representatives shared their experiences in finding urban regeneration solutions that meet the needs and aspirations of their citizens, strengthen resilience to disasters and respond to climate change, supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda. 

3rd Forum of Mayors to gather 50 city leaders at UNECE in push for networked and inclusive multilateralism

The 3rd Forum of Mayors will bring together some 50 city leaders from around the world at the United Nations in Geneva on 2-3 October to share practical experiences of urban regeneration, and to help harness cities’ unique role in addressing some of the key challenges of our time.  

UNECE mission to Ukraine helps prepare for urban rebuilding efforts under UN4UkrainianCities project

The war in Ukraine has left nearly 1.5 million homes destroyed, with a staggering $411 billion needed for reconstruction and recovery. A recent Human Impact Assessment (HIA) reveals that 65% of households have seen a decline in income since February 2022.

The future of sustainable building is wood

The building industry currently accounts for 39% of global energy-related CO2 emissions, 11% of which result from manufacturing building materials and products such as steel, cement, and glass. And yet, to date, emission reduction efforts have not really focused on decarbonizing the construction sector but the two other sectors responsible for the most emissions, electric power and transportation.