About the conference

Since the establishment of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sustainable development strategies are becoming more demanding in assisting in wealth distribution and improving living conditions for human being. A sustained community is one of the sustainable development agendas that encourage community involvement and participation in contributing to sustainability. Moreover, with the rapid population growth, especially in urban cities as the proportion of urban dwellers will reach two-thirds of the world population by 2030, this will lead to several problems including the social life changing intensely.

While cities are powerful engines of economic development, the rapid growth of the urban population resulted in enormous challenges. Ageing and drastic increase in the international migration flows in the region brought changes in demand and more pressure on infrastructure and social services. Moreover, increased urban expansion has drastically reduced the land available for other uses. Climate change and natural disasters have caused vast economic and social losses and strengthened the need for cities to be resilient. These and other factors in the context of the post-financial crisis amplify the challenges related to the limited access to affordable, adequate and healthy housing and basic infrastructure for all.

About the UN Charter on Sustainable Housing

In 2014, the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management and member States agreed on the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing. The Charter is a non-legally binding document that aims to support member states as they seek to ensure access to decent, adequate, affordable and healthy housing for all through effective policies and actions at all levels, supported by international cooperation



The conference will discuss the progress of achieving access to affordable and decent housing for all through the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, the New Urban Agenda and the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing by national governments, local authorities and relevant stakeholders. The conference will also include presentation of best practices of the implementation of these initiatives at national, local and international levels.

A special focus of the event will be on the impacts of the “Sharing Economy” – how online platforms for private touristic renting change the housing market in cities.

This is an exciting opportunity to meet with colleagues from Asia and the Pacific whose research examines a broad range of housing issues – physical, economic, social, environmental and political.

The conference will provide a special forum for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of academic institutions, government departments, and private sector organisations.



Within the specific conference sub-themes listed, the conference will cover broad areas of current and emerging  issues which will enable affordability and livability while at the same time accelerating the speed, quality and equity of housing delivery in the country.


• Cities, neighborhoods and livability
• Social housing: its future, financing and management
• Housing market stability
• Innovations in housing finance
• Affordable housing solutions and its planning and policy implications
• Resilience of housing supply chains
• High-rise living and property management
• Ecology and development of housing solutions
• Social issues in housing and homelessness
• Disruptive technologies in housing: impact and applications
• Comfort, health and safety issues in housing
• Housing typologies and usability: efficiency and the cultural dimension
• Prefabricated houses and transportable homes
• Informal responses to current housing problems
• Sustainable home ownership futures
• Housing and non-shelter outcomes