Datuk Wira Halimah Binti Mohamed Sadique Ministry Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Malaysia Deputy Minister Malaysia
David Ireland World Habitat Director
Diego Fernández City of Buenos Aires, Argentina Secretary of Social Housing and Urban Integration Argentina
Eduardo Santana Castellon Professor of wildlife ecology and management of natural protected areas Mexico
Lindiwe Sisulu Ministry of Human Settlements, South Africa Minister South Africa
Steve Weir Habitat for Humanity International VP Global Programs United States of America
William Cobbett Cities Alliance Director South Africa
The objective of this session is to discuss the proposals for national and local governments to reposition housing at the centre of planned urbanization by operating a paradigm shift in the way we approach housing issues – from a building-only perspective to a more comprehensive view of housing as more than a roof and four walls.
For this end, the session aims at 1) discussing city experiences in mix-use and inclusionary zoning programmes, 2) better understanding the private sector approach to housing for low-income people, and 3) ensuring the integration of the people’s concerns as well as their human rights.
A fundamental shift is needed in housing policy and practice to achieve SDG11 and implement the New Urban Agenda. First, policies should put people and human rights at the centre aiming to improve access to adequate and affordable housing and improve living conditions in slums to generate cities and neighbourhoods where people live a decent life in dignity and peace. Addressing the housing needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, especially women, youth and those who live in slums, must be a priority in addition to tackling the affordability of housing which is currently aggravating poverty in urban areas worldwide.
Second, for housing to contribute to national socio-economic development, it has to be placed at the centre of national urban policies in consonance with strategies to fight poverty, improve health, education and employment. A housing sector that performs well contributes directly to the economy, job creation, income generation and poverty reduction. But this depends on how well it is integrated into and governed by effective institutions and regulatory frameworks. Having housing placed at the centre of national urban polices will place countries and cities in a better position to generate prosperity and opportunities for people.
Third, for housing to contribute to sustainable urbanization, it has to be at the centre of urban development and planning, orchestrated with the supply of land, infrastructure and finance. Around 25 per cent of cities is dedicated to residential areas. Regulating land markets, innovating finance and adjusting zoning and building codes as well as the design of housing to effectively use energy, land and natural resources are some of the greatest opportunities for cities to grow sustainable and resilient. Linking housing design to urban planning will bring cities closer to the realization of adequate and sustainable housing for all.
Q1: How are you contributing to the paradigm shift to reposition housing at the centre?
Q2: What has been your experience with inclusionary zoning and how have you made it successful?
Q3: What are the key elements that will allow private actors to contribute to pro-poor housing solutions?
Q4: How can we measure the socio-economic impact of housing policies and how can it be maximized?
- Datuk Wira Halimah Binti Mohamed Sadique, Deputy Minister for Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government
- Steve Weir, VP Global Housing Innovation for Habitat for Humanity International
- Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of human settlements for South Africa
- David Ireland, Director of World Habitat
- William Cobbett, Director of Cities Alliance
- Eduardo Santana, Coordinator of the Museum of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guadalajara
- Diego Fernandez, Secretary for Social and Urban Integration for the City of Buenos Aires
2030 Agenda, City Finance, Comprehensive, Housing, Human Rights, Inclusiveness, New Urban Agenda, Regulations, Sustainable Development Goals.