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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 plenary session of the 71st Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM).
 
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On 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.

IMPROVEMENT OF URBAN ENVIRONMENT PERFORMANCE:
 
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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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L-R: The morning panel of presentors with Alexis Robert, OECD; Hans Christian Karsten, City of Copenhagen, Denmark; Simona Weisleder, IBA_Hamburg, Jomar Lygre Langeland, City of Drammen, Norway; Chair Förster; Kaj Börlund, City Board of Porvoo, Finland; and Oleg Golubchikov, University of Oxford, UK.
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Ruth Etzel, World Health Organization (WHO), alerted the CHLM to WHO's International Workshop on Housing, Health and Climate Change.
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Martti Lujanen, Finland, stressed the importance of vision and taking advantage of cheap tools.
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Enrico Campagnoli, International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), called for green growth in the real estate economy.
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Maria José Festas, Portugal, urged involving citizens in developing policies for climate neutral cities.
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Elena Szolgayova, Slovakia, called for a summary of key messages from the four city case studies.
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PRESENTATIONS:
 
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Lukasz Wyrowski, UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, discussed preparations for the joint seminar on land-use planning around high-risk industrial sites.
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Ariel Ivanier, Secretary to the Working Party on Land Administration, EHLM, briefed CHLM on the October event in Turkey on spatial planning.
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Daniela Grabmüllerová, Czech Republic, reported on a May 2010 workshop in Prague on effective urban planning.
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Wolfgang Amann, reporting as Chair of REM, reviewed their "Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets."
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Peter Creuzer, Agency for Geoinformation, Land Development and Real Estate, Hannover, Germany, stressed the need for integrated cross-sectoral approaches to urban development.
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Damir Pahić, Croatia, UNECE Working Party on Administration (WLPA), spoke about recent and upcoming WLPA workshops.
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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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Hanspeter Oester, AGPS Architecture, detailed the ecological rennovation of the IUCN office.
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Sorcha Edwards, outlined the CECODHAS' "Powerhouse Europe Programme."
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Oleg Dzioubinski, UNECE, Sustainable Energy Division, reported the results of the Steering Committee of the Energy Efficiency 21 project.
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Barbara Galassi, UN-HABITAT, discussed their programmes for Central and Southeastern Europe.
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Marko Vujović, Montenegro, outlined the approach to social housing in Montenegro.
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Donald Haszczyn, Habitat for Humanity International, reported on work to create a Housing Forum for Europe and Central Asia.
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Oleg Golubchikov, University of Oxford, UK, outlined the Action Plan for Energy efficient Housing in the UNECE Region.
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Svetlana Ristić, Serbia, outlined progress in implementing social housing policies in Serbia.
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Anthony Paish, World Fire Statistics Centre, raised the issues of residential sprinkler systems and carbon emissions released by building and residential fires.
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CLOSING PLENARY:
   
         
   
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Chair Wolfgang Förster giving praise to Christina von Schweinichen, UNECE EHLM, during the closing plenary.
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Christina von Schweinichen receiving flowers from Chair Wolfgang Förster and UNECE staff.
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Christina von Schweinichen receiving flowers from Elena Szolgayova, Slovakia on behalf of the Bureau.
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Christina von Schweinichen, thanked the UNECE staff and delegates for their support throughout the years.
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Chair Wolfgang Förster with Christina von Schweinichen gaveled the Session to a close at 5:35 PM.
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Group photo of the 71st Session of the CHLM.
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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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