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The Affordable Metropolis Series - Part 2 - U.N. World Habitat Day 2018

Solutions- A Global Dialogue on Affordable Housing: Policy, Finance, Technology & Sheltering



We welcome you to attend a unique event in conjunction with UN Habitat, FIABCI-USA ( The International Real Estate Federation) and hosted by Bank of America, where a collection of New York's real estate experts will explore how governments, the business sector, citizens, and others respond to the challenges of providing sustainable livelihoods.

Concrete illustrations in the fields of policy-making, housing finance, building and construction technology, and sheltering will help understand how the urban world can get more affordable than it is now.

This same Dialogue will take place on Oct 1st in cities around the world, including Paris, Jakarta, Barcelona, Taiching, and Honolulu in support of U.N. World Habitat Day. Before the month is out, more than 30 cities will have particpated - all in an effort to solidify solutions that can help to achieve more affordable housing around the globe.


Speakers to include:

  • Dr. Branka Branislava Saveljic-Balac, Chair of the UN Committee on Human Settlements
  • John Banks, President of REBNY ( the Real Estate Board of New York)
  • Ron Moelis, CEO and Co-Founder of L+M Development Partners
  • RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner/CEO of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal
  • Mark Roderick, Crowdfunding Attorney - Flaster Greenberg
  • Richard Koss, Cheif Reseach Officer at Recursion Co
  • Bob Donovan, Senior VP of Bank of America Home Loans
  • Lisa Schwert, Associate Principal SHoP Architects
  • Judith Hermanson, President and CEO IHC Global (International Housing Coalition)

With more being added...

AGENDA for the October Meetings

  • Policies (municipal, metropolitan, regional and national) encouraging construction and renovation of affordable housing
  • Finance: public-private partnerships, international financing, crowdfunding, coins, etc.
  • Technologies and materials enabling cheaper and/or faster construction
  • Quick housing and shelters for homeless, transient, migrants, slum populations, natural disaster victims

Is our urban world getting less affordable?

According to a recent study by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, NYU and UN Habitat, the urban world is getting less affordable than ever before.

While housing is a basic human right recognized in many international instruments, ensuring “affordable housing” for all is the cornerstone of SDG11 and the New Urban Agenda specifies that housing is a component “to the right to an adequate standard of living”, current urbanization trends are leaving many ones behind.

At the 2018 session of the High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs held in New York in July 2018, UN member States thus recognized that many cities worldwide face “challenges in providing adequate housing and resilient infrastructures.”

Building mobilization

At the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur in February 2018, The Affordable Metropolis Series was inaugurated by a networking event entitled The Affordable Metropolis: Turning Density into Prosperity. The session gathered well over 100 participants and 12 speakers from over 10 countries exploring how affordability connects with density and prosperity.

Building on the positive feedback from speakers and participants, we will organize a global dialogue on cities and affordability next October 1st 2018 as part of the World Habitat Day.

The Global Dialogue on Affordable Housing: Policy, Finance, Technology and Sheltering will take place simultaneously in Paris, in New York and in Jakarta on October 1st. Subsequently, the Dialogue will continue in a number of other cities worldwide throughout October, designated as Urban October by the UN.

Taking more efficient action

From New York to Paris to Jakarta, although the legal and regulatory contexts are very different, global cities are unable to meet a rising demand for affordable urbanity. Soaring real estate values in premium locations and ever denser and/or higher business cores are fueling a growing urban divide, leaving many behind, while negatively affecting the environment through urban sprawl.

Growingly complex metropolitan governance also call for more coordinated efforts from national, regional, and local governments levels and better dialogue and cooperation between the private and the public sectors, together with the civil society.

The Global Dialogue on Affordable Housing will explore how governments, the business sector, citizens and others respond to the challenges of providing sustainable livelihoods. Concrete illustrations in the fields of policy-making, housing finance, building and construction technology, and sheltering will help understand how the urban world can get more affordable than it is now.

Achieving a new local/global balance and ensuring quality reporting

To reach the largest impact, each organizer will include speakers from government and civil society groups, businesses, associations and coalitions. To date as of July 2018, more than 20 partner organizations have already confirmed their participation.

We are also proud that The Global Dialogue on Affordable Housing has been endorsed by Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Branislava Balac, chair of the UN Committee on Human Settlements, FIABCI World President Assen Makedonov, Genie Birch, co-chair of the General Assembly of Partners (GAP), Mahmoud AlBurai, CEO of the Dubai Real Estate Institute, Bert Smolders, co-chair UN Habitat Private Partners Group and Shelter Program Manager at Arcadis, Michael Nolan, Director of the Global Compact Cities Program, on behalf of their respective organizations.

Following the Paris, New York and Jakarta dialogues and Urban October, we will prepare a report based on the information collected and highlighting the most effective solutions gathered during the meetings.

Our report will be submitted to UN-Habitat, the World Economic Forum Working group on housing, GAP and all our partners. Our recommendations will be shared with all participants on all continents.

We hope that the meetings and following discussions will improve the mindsets on affordable housing and encourage private sector actors to get actively involved to supplement and/or accelerate what local and national governments are doing to address this issue which is on the top of most countries “To-Do” list. The final conclusions will be channeled to the 2019 edition of MIPIM.




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