Major stakeholders engaged in seeking solutions to affordable housing issues and promotes decent housing as a driver of economic growth are gathering in Hong Kong next month for the biennial Asia-Pacific Housing Forum. The Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Mrs. Carrie Lam, will be the keynote speaker at the opening plenary.
Since its first edition in 2010, the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum has consolidated its position as a leading event for the development of partnerships and solutions to the current challenges and advancements in shelter issues across the region, while also focusing on urbanization, resilience and financing for low-income populations. To date, the five forums have brought together over 3,400 practitioners and experts from over 52 countries.
Under the theme ‘Housing at the center’ the 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is in line with current major global initiatives for poverty alleviation and sustainable development, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda, which for the first time address specific objectives for adequate, safe and affordable housing.
The 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum features four tracks, developed after careful analysis into the most pressing global issues concerning access to decent and affordable housing: Technology for affordable housing; Innovative partnerships; Resilience and social development; Sustainable urbanization and housing.
Decent and affordable housing is foundational in helping people achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. More than mobilizing volunteers and building houses, our strategy is to make real impact and inspire action for a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is one among Habitat’s many initiatives that aims at leading the way in growing awareness of housing as a critical foundation for eliminating barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life.
Following the success of the course run in advance of the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum in 2013 and 2015, the course will be offered again in 2017. This special one-and-a-half-day course on housing finance in Asia-Pacific is a special collaboration between the International Housing Finance Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter. Joint certificates from the Wharton School and Habitat for Humanity will be issued to all participants on completion of the course.
For more information or to register for the 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum, please visit aphousingforum.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.