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Housing and Land Management



The UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management works to promote

  • energy efficient and adequate housing, including for those with special needs and vulnerable population groups
  • compact, inclusive, resilient, smart and sustainable cities
  • transparent and efficient land use, and property registration

This work is based on key United Nations policy documents on housing and urban development, including, Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing and Strategy for Sustainable Housing and Land Management 2014-2020. 

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Forum of mayors

 Join us at the 1st Forum of Mayors


UNECE convenes its 2020 Forum of Mayors on City Action for a Resilient Future on 6 October 2020 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and online. The Forum provides an occasion for countries and cities to be side by side to discuss how they can better adapt, prepare and respond to emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as local responses to the effects of climate change and disasters.  The 2020 Forum of Mayors will not only be the first for the United Nations but it is also happening on its 75th anniversary. Join us to be part of this historic event! You may find more information here

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81st session of the Committee


The UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management will hold its 81st session on 6-8 October 2020. The session will be preceded by the forum of Mayors (5 October 2020). Join us at the Palais des Nations or online to discuss the implementation of key international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the New Urban Agenda and the Geneva UN Charter for Sustainable Housing. Details here...

 Voices of Mayors- Day of Cities (8 April 2019, Geneva)



New videos to watch

  • Gary Strong, Chair of the International Fire Safety Standards Coalition, on international standards on fire safety for buildings  
  • Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of UNECE, talks about SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities 
  • "Too little space for too many people", said Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, Albania, on the occasion of Day of Cities ( 8 April 2019, Geneva) 
  • "My call to action is to make sure that we listen to the people and the communities that those policies are designed for", said Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, on the occasion of Day of Cities (8 April 2019, Geneva) 

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