This biennial, three-day event is a leading platform for governments, private sector businesses, thought leaders and civil society to discuss creative solutions to poverty housing and the related issues of sustainable energy, land tenure, climate change and disaster risks, among others. The forum’s agenda will focus on the theme Housing as a foundation for breaking the poverty cycle.
A number of distinguished personalities have already confirmed their participation. They include Vice President Jejomar Binay of the Philippines; former US Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros; Deputy Secretary General Alicia Bala of ASEAN; Secretary Dinky Soliman of the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development; Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering of the Philippine Climate Change Commission; Donovan Storey, Chief of Sustainable Urban Development at UNESCAP; Dr Liu Thai Ker, Chairman, Centre for Liveable Cities; Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi, Secretary General of the Asia-Pacific Union for Housing Finance; Vikram Gandhi, Founder and CEO of VSG Capital Advisors; Hassan Ahmad, Chief Executive, Mercy Relief; Graham Saunders, International Federation of the Red Cross; among other panellists.
Shelter is acknowledged as a basic human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a fundamental catalyst in breaking the cycle of poverty. Living in a decent home means improved health for the family, children doing better at school and increased livelihood opportunities. Yet in Asia Pacific, which is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies, over 500 million people, or about one in eight, still live in slums.
To date, partners for the event include the International Federation of the Red Cross, the Asian Development Bank, the Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council, the Aditya Birla Group, the Philippine Climate Change Commission, Citi, Bayer, Ayala Land, Panasonic, among others.