In Latin America and the Caribbean:
45% of houses are part of the housing deficit (IDB, 2022)
1 in 5 people live in slums (CAF, 2022).
161 million people do not have adequate access to safe drinking water (ECLAC, 2022).
50 million people live on a predominantly dirt floor (HPHI).
175 disasters between 2020 and 2022 (UNDRR).
Let’s urgently tackle the housing crisis
The 5th Forum on Housing, Latin America & the Caribbean, is an event organized by Habitat for Humanity with strategic partners, and convened by the Urban Housing Practitioners Hub (UHPH).
Together with governments, private sector, academia, civil sociedad, community leaders and banking, during the forum we want to review the status of housing in the region, pool knowledge and facilitate comprehensive, innovative and scaled solutions adding to the Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda.
In this fifth edition of the forum, we will focus on housing as a necessary tool to address the current climate and social crisis, intensified by an unprecedented pandemic that exacerbated the housing deficit. The 5th Forum on Housing will be held in Bogota from July 31 to August 2, 2023. Colombia’s Ministry of Housing, City, and Territory, and the Bogota Mayor’s Office are Co-hosting the event. It will be free of charge, with limited space, and requires prior registration.
Trends, challenges, and impacts of climate change on housing and human settlements
Urban inequities, sustainable territories, and local governance
Enabling institutional frameworks for inclusive climate change mitigation and adaptation
Innovation in the housing and settlements sector for inclusive climate change mitigation and adaptation
Public and private financing with an inclusive, sustainable, and resilient approach
Patrick Canagasingham, Chief Operating Officer Habitat for Humanity International
Jose Antonio Marengo Orsini, climatologist at Brazil’s National Center for Natural Disaster Monitoring and Alert
Balakrishnan Rajagopal, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing
Cerin Kizhakkethottam, environmental lawyer in charge of the Sustainable Urbanization for the Next Generation (SURGe) initiative
Paola Siclari, architect and urban planner, responsible for the progress report on the New Urban Agenda at LAC
Ernesto Castro, Vice President in Habitat for Humanity in Latin America and the Caribbean
Elkin Velázquez, regional director of UN-Habitat for Latin America and the Caribbean
Claudia Lopez Hernández, mayor of Bogotá
Catalina Velasco Campuzano, minister of Housing, City and Territory of Colombia