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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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View of the opening plenary of the Seventy-First Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM).
 
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On 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.

OPENING PLENARY:
 
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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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Serhii Yampolskyi, Secretary to the CHLM
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Christina von Schweinichen, UNECE EHLM
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Herbert Pfeiffer, Housing and Urban Management Advisory Network (HUMAN), reported on HUMAN's recent work.
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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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COUNTRY PROFILES:
 
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Alena Rakava, Belarus, reported on her country's housing profile.
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Azer Khanlarov, Azerbaijan, he said his country's finalized housing profile is to be present in December 2010.
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Natia Jokhadze, Georgia, highlighted progress in implementing recommendations in their 2007 housing profile.
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L-R: Delegates from Ukraine with Ievgen Isaev; Oleksandr Nepomniaschyi; and Svitlana Reva.
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Shamkanov Kumushbeck Kuruchbekovich, Kyrgyzstan, described recent progress in registering property and land rights.
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Wolfgang Amann, Institute for Real Estate Construction and Housing Ltd., reported on the field mission to Kyrgyzstan for its housing profile.
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Abduvali Komilov, Tajikistan, presented the results of the fact- finding mission for its housing profile.
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Elena Szolgayova, Slovakia, reported on her country's experiences in implementing their 1998 housing profile.
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Doris Andoni, Albania, suggested collaboration with the World Bank on housing.
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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
 
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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, European Liaison Committee for Social Housing (CECODHAS), discussed the focus of their upcoming conference on the EU's impact on housing policies.
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Presentation on "Principles and Goals for Affordable, Healthy, and Ecological Housing" was given by Serhii Yampolskyi, Secretary to the CHLM.
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L-R: V. Nikiforova and Liudmila Lilina, Russian Federation
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L-R: Jakob Krupka, UNECE EHLM and Chair Förster in a discussion with Keith Ripley, IISD Reporting Services.
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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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