Conference Tracks

The vast challenges and longstanding issues of affordable housing can’t be resolved in a few days but we aim to stimulate conversation, challenge conventional thinking and encourage innovative ideas.

Under the theme of ‘Building Forward Better for Inclusive Housing’ each thematic track captures critical trends in the sector with key topics being covered in the plenaries and breakout sessions throughout the Forum.

Impact to the max

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Through impact investing and market-based solutions, businesses are creating new opportunities for innovative partnerships to bring affordable housing solutions to scale. Firms are progressively pursuing the triple bottom line: positive social impact, positive environmental contributions, and good financial performance. This track focuses on how companies and other stakeholders can contribute to a more sustainable future.

Promoting inclusion amidst rapid urbanization

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Improving inclusive access to adequate and affordable housing is fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the goals of the New Urban Agenda. Cities in Asia and the Pacific are home to half of the world’s urban population, with about 28 percent living in slums lacking access to basic services, secure land, and adequate shelter. This track focuses on global housing and development challenges in urban and rural contexts, and the appropriate local strategies and interventions.

Fostering resilient cities and communities

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Half of the Asia-Pacific population is now urban, living in a region that is most affected by natural disasters. Amid increasing threats from climate change, there is greater impetus for collaboration and coordination among stakeholders for sustainable development. Examine the issues and explore ways in which safe, secure housing can help communities mitigate disaster risks and build long-term resilience.

Responsive housing technologies

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The track will cover some of the latest technologies that can benefit families in need of adequate, affordable housing. As technologies become more prevalent in people’s lives, how can such advancement serve the shelter needs of the most vulnerable and add value to housing policies?
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