HOUSING AT THE CENTRE: Manila Urban Thinkers Campus by Habitat for Humanity

HOUSING AT THE CENTRE: Manila Urban Thinkers Campus by Habitat for Humanity

During their 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum scheduled to make place in Manila on 25-26 July, the Urban Thinkers Campus will engage participants in a series of urban labs, roundtables and urban thinkers  sessions on the theme “Housing at the Centre”.
 
Aligned to one of the strategic areas of UN-Habitat’s work, ‘Housing at the Centre’ represents a major theme, recognizing the need to shift the focus from simply building houses to a holistic framework for housing development, aligned to sustainable urban planning practices while placing people at the heart of urbanization policies using a human rights approach. Through a partnership with the Housing and Urban Development Council (HUDCC), Habitat for Humanity and its partners will focus on unbundling land and housing issues, socialized housing finance, participatory governance and urban development.
The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a platform that gathers and engages different sectors and stakeholders in seeking solutions to poverty housing issues, and to promote affordable housing as a driver of economic growth. It brings together policy-makers, academics, urban planners, architects, housing sector developers, non-government organizations, donor agencies, researchers, advocates, and international organizations, among others into the discussion on sustainable and affordable housing.
The objective of this campus is to sustain the momentum of the National Housing Summit and to further increase awareness of the housing advocacy, including highlights on collaborative efforts/partnerships' sharing of best practices. The two-day event will be organized with plenary and track sessions that aim to address the framework on The Transformative Commitments for Sustainable Urban Development.
 

 
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Photo credits: Newly built houses in Malawi.  © UN-Habitat