This initiative is in support of paragraph 134 of the Rio+20 outcome document, the Future We Want
Adopted by the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management following broad consultations (ECE/HBP/173, annex 2).
Description/achievement of initiative
The main objective is to support member States' efforts to achieve sustainable housing and land management. This is guided by the vision that by 2020, the ECE region continues to be in the forefront of promoting sustainable housing and land management. Green, inclusive, compact and resilient cities are a priority in national policies and in regional cooperation. Investment in the housing sector is encouraged by transparent and efficient land use, property registration and a sound financial system. The housing sector offers a range of options, including for those with special needs and other vulnerable population groups.
To assist member States in achieving these targets, the Committee will implement this Strategy based upon an Action Plan that will be developed to cover the period from 2014 to 2020 and the activities to be included in the programme of work. The Committee will build on its own strengths by:
• Providing member States with country-specific policy guidance and recommendations on challenges related to housing and land management in the ECE region.
• Issuing in-depth assessments and flagship reports, including a series of Country Profiles on the housing and land administration sectors.
• Providing a platform for dialogue between Governments to facilitate the exchange of experience and the sharing of good practices by creating regional networks of experts, organizing workshops, and managing study trips.
• Harmonising methodologies and definitions in the area of housing and land management at the regional and international level and supporting the development of common terms, language definitions and standards.
Cooperating with relevant United Nations programmes, agencies and bodies and other stakeholders to ensure consistency and complementarity and allow collaboration on housing and land-related issues.
Increase efficient use of urban land and improve land administration and management
Support private investment in the housing sector, efficient management of the housing stock and well-functioning housing and land markets
Improve access to housing and utility services
Reduce energy use in the housing sector and the impact of the residential sector on the environment