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Housing Europe Leaders Summit

RE-FRAMING HOUSING TOGETHER | 5th & 6th October 2021 | Geneva Cities Hub

Geneva , 5 October 2021Save the date

The challenges and problems are clear to our sector. However, ensuring policymakers and the public share our views and approaches require a strong and clear re-framing of the social and affordable housing sector, supported by strong evidence, at the heart of the new paradigm needed to building back better for people and the planet.

Investors are increasingly applying green and social taxonomy factors to their financing conditions. The race for space ensuing from the global pandemic will result in changing investment patterns and demand in the housing sector. Navigating the impact of this radically changing operating environment while grappling with our decarbonisation mission and growing demand for new supply requires joined-up thinking across the sector.

The time has come to meet again in person with peers from the sector. For this reason, Housing Europe is organising the 3rd Housing Europe Leaders Summit to bring together leaders from the public, cooperative and social housing sector to take stock of the new reality facing the sector.

The Summit will take place in Geneva on the eve of the launch of the joint Housing Europe, UNECE HLM, UN-Habitat Housing2030 study on October, 6th at the Intergovernmental Conference at the Palais des Nations.

5th October | 13:00 - 18:00 CET 

10:30 - 13:00
Board of directors meeting

13:00 - 14:00
Standing lunch

14:00 - 14:15
Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Bent Madsen, President of Housing Europe
  • UNECE
  • Swiss Housing Cooperatives

14:15 - 14:45
Tour de Table

14:45 - 15:45

  • New social, environment, economic risks
  • Lisette van Doorn, CEO, Urban Land Institute FitchRatings
  • Reactions & discussion

The Urban Land Institute have identified emerging patterns in real estate resulting from the uncertainties resulting from COVID-19. Coupled with the findings of Housing Europe’s Observatory State of Housing report, this study can help to identify the key risks facing the sector.

15:45 - 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:45

  • New coping strategies to face risks
  • Ian Wright- Director, Disruptive Innovators Network
  • Reactions & discussion

The Disruptive Innovators Network has identified those organisations that are coming out well from this crisis and making sense of what comes next from within but also outside the housing sector. By analysing what is making their success possible, we can figure out what can be learned from their approaches.

16:45 - 17:00
Coffee Break

17:00 - 17:45

  • What implications for the relationships with governments, financial partners & residents?
  • Reactions & Discussion
  • Maria João Freitas, Consultant

Inequalities linked to housing are clearer and are set to grow. The need for state intervention and support is clear to our sector. Today, the solutions put on the table by policymakers and financial institutions will require a strong and clear re-framing of public, cooperative and social housing at the heart of the new paradigm needed to building back better for people and the planet.

17:45 - 18:00

  • Next steps toward changing the rules of the game together
  • Bent Madsen, Housing Europe President
  • Sorcha Edwards, Housing Europe Secretary General

Register today here.

6th October | 15:00 - 17:00 CET 
#Housing2030 | Time to think and do differently

followed by a Cocktail Reception
Conference Room XVII, Palais des Nations Geneva

UNECE Ministerial Meeting on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management and 82nd session of the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management. 

The long-awaited Housing 2030 study that looks at land policy, decarbonisation of homes, sustainable finance and better governance while ensuring housing affordability will be officially launched. To give you a taste, the report looks at more than 160 successful case studies from Europe and beyond, providing a rich toolbox to governments to adapt housing systems to local needs.

Make sure that you register by 20 September 2021.

Find out all you need to know about the location and accommodation in the flyer below.