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Seventy-First Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management

20-21 September 2010 | Geneva, Switzerland
 
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Chair Wolfgang Förster with Christina von Schweinichen gaveled the Session to a close at 5:35 PM.
 
UNECE

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) met in Geneva for the second day of its 71st session. On improving urban environmental performance, CHLM: approved the outline of the study on climate neutral cities; heard case studies on municipal efforts to cut carbon emissions; and heard a report on a May 2010 workshop on effective urban planning.

Regarding land registration and markets, the Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA) reported on its recent and upcoming workshops, while the Real Estate Market Advisory Group (REM) reviewed its “Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets.”

On housing modernization and management, CHLM adopted the Action Plan for Energy-efficient Housing and heard reports from European Liaison Committee for Social Housing (CECODHAS) on their ‘Powerhouse Europe’ programme, UN-HABITAT on its programmes for Central and Southeastern Europe, and Serbia on progress in implementing social housing policies.

Regarding building and construction safety, Azerbaijan reported on preparations for the International Forum on Natural Disasters and Building and Construction Safety in Baku in November.

As for cross-sectoral activities, the Secretariat outlined preparations for the November seminar on land-use planning around hazardous industrial sites, Habitat for Humanity reported on the creation of a Housing Forum for Europe and Central Asia, and UNECE’s Sustainable Energy Division reported on the meeting of the Steering Committee of the Energy Efficiency 21 Project.

The CHLM also elected the Bureau for its 72nd session. Prior to closing the 71st session, Chair Wolfgang Förster expressed CHLM’s gratitude to the retiring Christina von Schweinichen for her many years of service to the Committee.

The Chair gaveled the Session to a close at 5:35 PM.

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Hans Christian Karsten, City of Copenhagen, Denmark, presented his city's vision tackling climate change in urban areas.
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Alexis Robert, OECD, emphasized the need for coordination between national and local policy makers.
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Oleg Golubchikov, University of Oxford, UK, presented the outline of the report on carbon neutral cities.
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Jomar Lygre Langeland, City of Drammen, Norway, reported on his city's ongoing efforts to green urban development.
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Simona Weisleder, IBA_Hamburg, reported on their work on "Renewable Willhelmsburg."
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Kaj Bärlund, City Board of Porvoo, Finland, discussed his small city's efforts to cut carbon emissions.
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Video presentation of "Climate Neutral Cities" that was recently shown at COP 15 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Copenhagen Denmark.
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Group photo of the 71st Session of the CHLM.
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View of the opening plenary of the Seventy-First Session of the UNECE committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM).
 
UNECE

Monday, 20 September 2010

The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) met in Geneva in its 71st session. The meeting discussed the work of the CHLM Bureau and the Housing and Urban Management Advisory Network (HUMAN) since the CHLM's 70th session in September 2009. In its review of the implementation of the programme of work for 2010-2011, the CHLM discussed the status of country housing profiles for Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, a joint UNECE/UNDP/UN-HABITAT housing policy brief project that followed the UNECE profile methodology, and reports from Georgia and Slovakia on how their housing profiles influenced housing policy in their countries.

The work programme discussion on affordable, healthy and ecological housing (AHEH), opened with a keynote presentation by Professor Franz Radermacher, Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing, Germany, on the global context. The UNECE Secretariat outlined the background paper requested by the CHLM Bureau on the need, rationale and main principles and goals to guide any work toward a proposed policy framework convention on AHEH in the UNECE Region. The CHLM decided to proceed with creating a working group to analyze the pros and cons of a possible convention, outline options for scope, objectives and core elements, and propose future steps, with the working group to report to the 72nd session of the CHLM.

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Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) Chair Wolfgang Förster, Austria, discussed the the three meetings of the CHLM Bureau.
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Marco Keiner, UNECE, Environment, Housing and Land Management (EHLM), outlined key topics facing the Committee.
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Ariel Ivanier, Secretary to the Working Party of Land Administration (WPLA), EHLM, reported on WPLA's work since the 70th session of the CHLM.
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L-R: The dais of the opening plenary with Serhii Yampolskyi, Secretary to the CHLM; Christina von Schweinichen, UNECE EHLM; Chair Wolfgang Förster; and Marco Keiner, UNECE EHLM.
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Franz Josef Radermacher, Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing, Germany, presented on the context for initiatives on affordable, healthy and ecological housing.
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E. Galama-Rommerts, International Council of Women (ICW), stressed the roles of women in sustainable development.
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Sorcha Edwards, CECODHAS, discussed the focus of their upcoming conference on the EU's impact on housing policies.
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L-R: Shamkanov Kumushbeck Kuruchbekovich, Kyrgyzstan in a conversation with Christina von Schweinichen, UNECE EHLM
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Related Links
Meeting resources
*Provisional Agenda for the 71st Session of the Committee (English, French, Russian)
*Draft Committee programme of work for 2010-2011 (English, French, Russian)
*Report “Climate Neutral Cities: How to Make UNECE Cities Less Carbon Intensive and More Resilient to Climatic Challenges” (available in English only)
*Draft Action Plan for Energy-efficiency Housing in the UNECE Region (English, French, Russian)
*Summary report on workshops organized by the Committee (English, French, Russian)
*Principles and Goals for Affordable, Healthy and Ecological Housing (English, French, Russian)
*Annual Progress Report and Programme of Work of HUMAN (available in English only)
*Joint Seminar on Land-use Planning Around High-risk Industrial Sites (English)

General resources
*Sustainable Urban Development Network (SUD-Net)
*UN-HABITAT/UNEP Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP)
*UN-HABITAT’s Cities in Climate Change Initiative
*World Cities Summit
*UN-HABITAT web site

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Seventieth Session of the UNECE’s Committee on Housing and Land Management, 23-25 September 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
*IISD RS coverage of the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia: “Managing the transition to resource-efficient and low-carbon industries”, 9-11 September 2009, Manila, Philippines
*IISD RS coverage of the Third Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF3), 19-23 June 2006, Vancouver, Canada
*IISD RS article on WUF5
*IISD RS listservers and other information services
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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