GOOD GOVERNANCE AND REGULATION TO SUPPORT AFFORDABILITY IN HOUSING
#Housing2030 digital conference | 24th February 2021
Long-term housing strategy and fit for purpose policies, leadership at all levels, capable implementation, reinforcement of performance, ensuring inclusiveness and accountable, responsive citizens are the main ingredients of good housing systems. They need to be adapted to local needs, Julie Lawson - the lead writer of the Housing 2030 report and the joint initiative of Housing Europe, UN-Habitat and UNECE, Housing 2030 - stressed at the initiative's third conference 'Good governance and regulation to support affordability in housing'. The event took place on 24th February and was part of the two-day UNECE Regional Online Workshop "Housing governance to support housing affordability".
"The Commission urges Member States to put in their recovery plans a particular focus on enhancing the availability of social and affordable housing, for example, via construction and renovation", the Director of the European Commission's DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Katarina Ivanković Knežević stated and added that the set up of the Housing 2030 initiative and its work in building capacity and displaying best practice is very timely, not only to raise awareness but also support the development of new approaches to housing.
As a tradition, the last panel showcased front runners from the sector, including Housing Europe's Portuguese member, Gebalis, the National Housing Federation of England, German cooperatives, the city of Bratislava and Newcastle City Council. We invite you to listen to them and we also offer you to tune in for the latest Housing 2030 podcasts about governance.
Housing 2030 event
24th February 2021
#Housing2030 Workshop session Two “What are the buildings blocks of a system of governance and regulation that serves to promote affordability in housing”
Moderator: Ms. Elena Szolgayova, #Housing2030 Co-Chair
Representatives of national and local governments, social and affordable housing providers and policy experts will share their experiences with housing policies.
Ms. Catherine Ryder, National Housing Federation of England, UK
Mr. Guido Schwarzendahl, Bauverein Halle - Cooperative Housing Association, Germany
Mr. Neil Munslow, Newcastle City Council, UK
Mr. Pedro Pinto de Jesus, GEBALIS Public Housing Company, Lisbon, Portugal
Ms. Lucia Štasselová, Deputy Mayor of Bratislava, Slovakia
UNECE Regional Online Workshop "Housing governance to support housing affordability"
23th February (Day 1)
Overview of key international initiatives on affordable housing in Europe
Panel discussion on “Governance for affordable, adequate and healthy housing for all”
24th February (Day 2)
Subregional workshop on “Governance of the housing sector: Focus on South-East Europe”
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY EUROPEAN COMMISSION EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT FRANS TIMMERMANS
#Housing2030 digital conference | 10 November 2020
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENVIRONMENTAL & HEALTH IMPACTS ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
#Housing2030 digital conference | 10 November 2020
Climate change is the key issue facing us all. At the same time, millions of people in the UNECE region suffer from energy poverty, while households and the construction industry remain significant sources of CO2 emissions. Thus, housing goes right to the heart of the climate question.
This online conference, part of the #Housing2030 initiative led by Housing Europe, the UNECE and UN-Habitat, was presented in partnership with the City of Glasgow. It aimed to highlight effective and innovative policies to improve the climate and energy performance of our homes in a way that does not put an unsustainable financial burden on low- and middle-income households.
Positive policy solutions to improve housing affordability in the UNECE region
Presentation by Dr Julie Lawson, Lead Writer & Content Coordinator of Housing 2030
“How can we make the necessary environmental sustainability and liveability upgrades to housing stocks without increasing costs for low- and moderate-income households?”
Björn Mallants, VVH – The Association of Flemish Housing Companies
Anu Sarnet, EKYL – The Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations
Andoni Hidalgo, Opengela – Basque one-stop-shop for neighbourhood level renovation
Peter Gergely, Slovakian Ministry of Transport & Construction
Monica Scatasta, Council of Europe Development Bank
Conclusions from the day
TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE HOMES AND NEIGHBOURHOODS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION
A #Housing2030 initiative webinar | 17 September 2020
Malta, like other Euro-American societies has experienced drastic demographic, political and economic transformations due to the pull of progress brought about by an economic boom. Such changes, which are largely experienced at a household level, cannot be ignored by the state. Hence, the Ministry for Social Accommodation sought to address these social shifts by developing and implementing its first-ever national housing system. The Ministry has made clear that it is putting the home at the centre of Maltese society - a vision which is rethinking and re-evaluating contemporary housing from a holistic perspective. This system is taking a people-centred approach to housing as it invests in adequate housing in order to ensure security, belonging, prosperity and wellbeing in Malta.
This online workshop was organised by the Ministry for Social Accommodation, Malta in cooperation with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Housing Europe, UN-Habitat and Union for the Mediterranean within the initiative “#Housing2030 - Improving Housing Affordability in the UNECE region.
ACCESS AND AVAILABILITY OF LAND FOR HOUSING PROVISION
A #Housing2030 initiative webinar
This has been the first online workshop, organized on May 20th within the initiative “#Housing2030 - Improving Housing Affordability in the UNECE region” implemented by Housing Europe, UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management and UN Habitat. #Housing2030 is a joint international initiative making the case that it's time to Think (and do!) differently when it comes to housing affordability. This first event was dedicated to the first #Housing2030 work pillar, namely Land.