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List of Press Releases - 2014-13

UNECE promotes smart urban solutions for a better future  (20 November 2014)

What is the future of our cities? How can we meet our citizens’ needs? How can we help to improve the urban environment and make efficient use of our cities’ resources? With the rapid increase of urbanization, today, 50 percent of the world’s population live in cities, and, by 2050, this ...
UNECE study shows that housing is the least affordable human right (09 October 2014)

“Access to decent and affordable housing is a fundamental human need and right. However, housing is the least affordable human right.” This is the main finding of the study Models, challenges and trends in social housing in the UNECE region, presented at the 75th session of the UNECE Committee ...
UNECE delegates agree on a Charter on Sustainable Housing (07 October 2014)

The countries of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) face challenges in the housing sector that directly impact their citizens’ quality of life and the environment. Desiring to assist them, the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management agreed on the text of a Charter on ...
UNECE encourages us all to live in Greener and Smarter Homes on World Habitat Day (07 October 2014)

Every year on World Habitat Day, we are encouraged to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and how we can improve them. We are also called upon to remember that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape their future. For this year’s World Habitat Day on 8 October the UNECE ...
The UNECE Region and Global Urban Development Priorities  (17 September 2014)

 “As we work to formulate the post-2015 development agenda, the role of urbanization in supporting sustainable development is becoming increasingly important. The United Nations should continue to promote equitable urban development in our human settlements, villages, towns, cities and ...
Albania launches work on a national roadmap for an energy-efficient residential sector with UNECE support  (07 July 2014)

The need for an energy-efficient housing sector is stronger than ever. In the UNECE region, buildings are responsible for approximately one third of total final energy consumption. Three quarters of this energy consumption is by the residential sector. Improving the energy performance of ...
UNECE finalizes research mission in Uzbekistan to prepare country profile on housing and land management (19 June 2014)

Due to rapid population growth, Uzbekistan faces challenges in the provision of housing and infrastructure. With about half of Uzbekistan’s population living in rural areas, the development and the improvement of rural living standards is particularly important. In order to address the situation, ...
UNECE and international agencies to reinforce cooperation on land management to better protect property rights and improve people’s lives (22 May 2014)

Sound land administration and land management support many goals of the United Nations, including secure tenure for peoples’ homes, environmental protection, disaster risk mitigation, conflict prevention and economic development. In the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ...
21st Century Housing Challenges to be addressed through a Charter on Sustainable Housing (07 May 2014)

There are many challenges facing housing in the 21st Century in the UNECE region. The continuing economic crisis and high unemployment levels have limited access to affordable and healthy housing. The housing sector is responsible for some 40% of energy consumption and CO2 emissions also has an ...
Information systems for smart cities and better lives (05 May 2014)

The major challenge for the governments today is how to provide people with a decent quality of life, while at the same time managing the pressures coming from overpopulation, rapid demographic growth, urbanization and climate change. Nowadays, half of the world’s inhabitants live in cities and ...
UNECE Working Party on Land Administration is global model for supporting regional land governance (24 March 2014)

Activities of the UNECE Working Party on Land Administration were presented on 24 March at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, which has as its 2014 theme, “Integrating Land Governance into the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact”. The ...
Social housing back on countries’ political agendas in the UNECE region (04 February 2014)

Social housing in Europe is back on the political agenda of UNECE member States. The social housing sector in the majority of European Union member states has been shrinking since the 1980s.[1] More than thirty years of deregulation and privatisation of the social housing stock in Western Europe ...
Governments in the Middle East learning from UNECE experiences of land and property administration (06 January 2014)

A fully functioning and well regulated real estate market is essential to ensure sustainable housing and promote economic growth. It can accelerate economic recovery in the short term, as well as sustainable development and greener economies in the long term. Promoting the sector is a driving force ...

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