A new UNEP handbook on urban planning is intended to help reduce and avoid urban heat islands. Beating the Heat: A Sustainable Cooling Handbook for Cities was launched on November 3rd 2021 at COP26.
#housing2030 - Effective policies for affordable housing in the UNECE region. At least 100 million low and middle-income people in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region are housing cost overburdened; they spend more than 40 per cent of their disposable income on housing. Housing affordability is an important element of the right to adequate housing but is often a challenge for groups of the population facing vulnerabilities.
The ambitions of sustainable, digital, and safer construction offer a unique opportunity to dust off old clichés and stereotypes that are detrimental to the industry's appeal. Construction is the solution industry!
“Timber hybrid constructions are perfect for social housing.” We shouldn’t forget that the concrete industry has been doing very effective marketing for many, many years and has ridiculed timber construction as a cheap type of construction.
Since its foundation, UN-Habitat has worked to promote the realisation of the right to adequate housing, for all as one of the transformative forces that can lead the world to overcome challenges related to poverty, exclusion, and inequality, and positively influence cities to embark on a path to inclusive, planned, and sustainable urbanization.
As an advisor for the European Commission and the Housing Partnership, it was essential to find and devise a solution that would accommodate that diversity and richness rather than hinder it.