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Housing and Land Management

UNECE Centre of Excellence in Estonia to support energy efficient reconstruction of multi-apartment buildings in Ukraine

Housing is one of the sectors most affected by the war in Ukraine, with over US$50 billion of damage recorded since the invasion by the Russian Federation. In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, some 3,367 apartment buildings and 1,823 single apartment buildings have been destroyed and damaged, according to the City Council. In the Southern city of Mykolaiv, housing stock accounts for 77% of overall damage, according to a One Works assessment.

UNECE redoubles support to Kharkiv and Mykolaiv reconstruction planning through German-funded USD 5 million project

Overall damage to the housing sector alone following the Russian invasion of Ukraine is estimated at over US$50 billion. In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, some 3367 apartment buildings and 1823 single apartment buildings have been destroyed and damaged, according to the City Council. The city’s infrastructure has also been severely damaged.

UNECE evaluation supports Tbilisi, Georgia, for smart and sustainable development

According to the UNECE Smart Sustainable Cities profile for Tbilisi, presented today in the capital of Georgia, the city has made important efforts in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, capitalizing on the growth opportunities generated by the Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union (EU). The Profile notes, however, the need for strengthened measures in areas including water and waste management, mobility, housing, and governance.  

UNECE recognizes the City Diplomacy Lab at Columbia Global Centers in Paris as a Centre of Excellence

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Columbia Global Centers | Paris (CGC|Paris), one of the ten global centres of Columbia University in New York City, signed a Memorandum of Understanding recognizing the City Diplomacy Lab at CGC|Paris as a UNECE Centre of Excellence in France.  

The Forum of Mayors is officially established at UNECE

Cities are at the forefront of the battle to address some of humanity’s most pressing challenges, from climate change to pandemics and disasters. As our world becomes more urbanized – with approximately 75% of the population of Europe and North America already residing in cities – these issues cannot be tackled by national governments alone. To guarantee that future urban development is well-planned and equitable, local administrations must have the necessary capacity and resources, and be fully included in global efforts to meet the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Milan Triennale hosts a dialogue on the San Marino Declaration

It is critical that construction industry’s general contractors, architects and governments find ways to innovate and incorporate minimum efficient standards and innovations, such as architectural upcycling and recycling, through proper and updated legislative frameworks and rules as well as sustainable public and private finance that clearly consider hydrogeological and environmental risks.

UN study on short-term rental housing highlights need to balance economic benefits with affordability and other challenges

A UNECE study on the sharing economy and its effects on housing markets shows how the massive emergence of temporary rental accommodation through platforms such as AirBnB has changed living habits in cities, and highlights a range of policy and regulatory approaches that can be taken to balance socioeconomic benefits and negative impacts, including on housing affordability.     

UNECE helps Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, with informal settlements and urban resilience

Despite a marked overall improvement over the last ten years of the economic picture in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, urban planning lagged, and the development of basic and social infrastructure did not keep up with population increase, particularly in informal settlements.  According to estimates shared by the city government, between 18 and 25 per cent of the inhabitants live in 54 informal settlements in the outskirts of the city. They lack health care, water, electricity and transport infrastructure.