Inclusive United Cities for All: Affordable Housing and Homelessness
The World Cities Day celebrated each year on 31st of October is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development in cities, villages and rural areas around the world. For 2019, the UN‐Habitat has selected the theme “Changing the world: innovations and a better life for future generations” to discuss how urbanization can be used to achieve sustainable development.
This year, UN DESA’s Division for Inclusive Social Development in collaboration with the New York Mayor’s Office will host the third edition of “Inclusive United Cities for All” with a focus on affordable housing and homelessness. The event aims to provide a platform to share concrete recommendations on addressing homelessness, with a focus on affordable housing measures at the local levels. The event will focus on strategies and measures taken at the local level to address/end homelessness and share good practices and lessons learned to addressing the specific needs of vulnerable groups and individuals who live in the margins of society, within the context of the 2030 Agenda. Inclusive United Cities for All will bring together mayors, and experts from governments, civil society, private sector and the UN system. It will be articulated in a series of events throughout the day after the opening in the morning. The outcome of the Day will contribute to enhance the discussion and recommendations that will take place during the 58th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD58) from 10 to 19 February 2020 since the policy theme is on “Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness”. This is the first time ever that the Commission will discuss this theme and its impact on communities and people living in vulnerable situations.