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List of Press Releases - 2015-8

UNECE endorses Smart Sustainable Cities Indicators to improve performance of cities (15 December 2015)

Over 73% of the population in the UNECE region lives in cities. By 2050, this figure is estimated to rise up to 85%. Cities are engines of economic growth so development of countries depends on how their cities will develop in the future. At the same time, the expanding cities are vulnerable to ...
UNECE supports Serbia in developing sustainable housing strategy (10 November 2015)

Adequate housing is scarce in Serbia, where most of the multi-apartment buildings are dilapidated. The continuous decline in the quality of housing drives down the value of real estate and increases risks of injuries and health problems. Energy and water infrastructure are obsolete with an average ...
UNECE study on social housing finds that securing financing for the provision of affordable housing is a key challenge in the region (25 September 2015)

Adequate affordable housing is the bedrock upon which to build healthy lives, strong and resilient cities, and thriving national economies. However, since the financial and economic crisis of 2008, countries across the UNECE region have been facing marked increases in the need for social housing ...
The Republic of Moldova must improve housing conditions and increase energy efficiency in the housing sector (08 September 2015)

Improving the quality of the housing stock, making it more disaster resilient, increasing its energy-efficiency and making it more affordable for the population are some of the most pressing housing challenges faced by the Republic of Moldova. These are the main findings of the 2nd UNECE Country ...
UNECE and FAO redouble efforts to address land management challenges (16 April 2015)

With 75 percent of the European population living in cities, more space is needed for expanding urban areas, yet at the same time there is a growing need for agricultural land and for the protection of key ecosystems. Rising competition for land ownership, reduced availability, and declining land ...
UNECE member States endorse Charter on Sustainable Housing (14 April 2015)

Countries in the region are facing enormous challenges in providing adequate housing to all, especially to vulnerable groups such as the young and the elderly. Uncontrolled urbanization has expanded informal settlements, where residents often lack security of tenure, infrastructure, water, ...
UNECE partners with the Government of Armenia to improve sustainable urban development (09 April 2015)

UNECE experts are visiting Armenia this week to conduct the research mission for the second Country Profile on Housing and Land Management of Armenia. The recommendations to be formulated in the Country Profile will form the basis of the country’s national action plan on sustainable housing and ...
Informal settlements remain a challenge in the pan-European region (25 February 2015)

In 2014, there were some 3.5 million informal buildings (i.e. constructed without building permits) in South-Eastern Europe, including approximately 2,500,000 in Greece; 500,000 in Albania; 350,000 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; and 130,000 in Montenegro.  In spite of the ...