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ONLINE workshop "Formalizing the Informal to Protect Residents in Informal Settlements"

17 June 2020

WebEx, 14:30-17:00 CET

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries requested their citizen to ‘stay at home’ to stay safe. Not for everyone home is actually a safe place. Housing conditions and density of informal settlements often do not allow residents to follow basic hygienic measures or to keep the minimum social distance to reduce spreading the virus.

This UNECE online workshop looks at the situation of informal settlements in the pan-European region. It includes recommendations for protecting residents in informal settlements during the pandemic. UNECE Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA) will launch its ‘Guidelines for the Formalizing of Informal Constructions”. Case studies from the region will illustrate how such a formalization process can be implemented.

The Guidelines may be of particular interest to countries preparing for post-COVID. Benefits from formalizing informal settlements could contribute to economic recovery by integrating them into land markets, with clear ownership titles and registration. Security of tenure, right to ownership of land and property provides access to credit and environmental, planning, construction, and utility-provision improvements can be initiated to a standard where people can live in adequate and healthy homes.

The Guidelines were developed jointly by UNECE and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG).

You may download or read the publication online here.

The workshop will take place online via WebEx. To participate, please register through the following link http://indico.un.org/e/informal.settlements

The deadline for registration is 15 June 2020.

When registering you may also ask already some questions to be answered by speakers during the session.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Maike Salize at housing-landmanagement@un.org