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LETTER FROM THE MINISTER

As-Salaam Alaikum,

Dear Colleagues,

The United Arab Emirates and its wise leadership are proud to host the 3rd Arab Ministerial Forum for Housing and Urban Development in October 2019, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

I warmly welcome you to the UAE on the occasion of this important forum, which will act as a key component in the preparation of an integrated Arab Agenda that supports the region's direction. It will support our common vision and promote partnerships and cooperation to achieve sustainable development for a better Arab future. The forum’s agenda will serve the aspirations of the Arab citizens; eager for the future to facilitate continued growth and development in various areas of life, in addition to achieving happiness and an enhanced quality of life for our societies.

The Arab League’s Housing and Sustainable Urban Development 2030 Agenda and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals underpin the ambition of the region and its wise leadership towards the implementation of a new urban plan and as a direction to achieve the hopes and aspirations of our people. The Forum is an important platform to facilitate key discussions and actions, and deliberate on the way forward to promote urbanization as a key factor for achieving sustainable development, as well as discussing current and emerging challenges and exploring their solutions to achieve this common vision.

In line with the Arab League’s 2030 Agenda and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the UAE is honored to host this important Summit on behalf of the Arab States, the Arab League and the UN-Habitat. We are grateful for the unwavering support and future foresight of our leadership, industry and wider community, whom together will enable us to achieve our shared goals.

We hope to join hands to reach future goals, to nurture happiness and support the quality of life for our societies. We truly believe that dialogue and collaboration is more important than ever in order to positively build the future, together. Participating in this international platform will help guide us and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders in the areas of housing and urban development, allowing us to achieve our visions, as well as the aspirations of our wise Leadership to set new benchmarks internationally.

YOURS SINCERELY,
His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi,
Chairman of Sheikh Zayed Housing Program
Minister of Infrastructure Development in UAE

EVENT OVERVIEW

Future of Housing and Urban Development

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates Hosts the Third Arab Forum for Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (AMFHUDIII) in cooperation with the Ministerial Council for Housing and Construction of the League of Arab States and the Regional Office for Arab States of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT-ROAS), as well as the preparatory technical meetings and the 36th session of the Arab Ministerial Council for Housing and Construction.

The Arab Forum for Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (AMFHUD) has been established as a biannual regional consultative mechanism on housing and sustainable urban development issues hosted by one of the Arab countries and organized in partnership with the Ministerial Council for Housing and Construction of the League of Arab States, relevant Ministries of the Arab member states and the technical support of UN-HABITAT-ROAS.

The forum aims at discussing and presenting new Arab visions and finding innovative solutions and effective mechanisms to meet the current and emerging challenges at the urban, economic, social and environmental levels in the Arab world. The forum aims at spreading awareness about sustainable urban development, exchanging valuable experiences among Arab countries, and presenting leading initiatives to highlight best practices in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of housing and urban development plans and strategies. With these objectives, AMFHUD2 will also facilitate and strengthen regional cooperation around housing and urban sustainable development issues with reference to international trends.

In this regard, AMFHUD2 provides a platform for discussion, exchange and presentation of innovative solutions, lessons learned and cooperation initiatives that would act as drivers of change to accelerate progress on the urban components of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda guided by the Action Framework for Implementation of the New Urban Agenda and and the urban components of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, in particular Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 “making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

The forum consists of a series of technical sessions focused on specific and comprehensive themes organized in coordination with the Arab countries and bringing together specialists in the field of housing and urban development, and resulting in a set of recommendations and initiatives for cooperation with regard to the subject of discussion to be endorsed by the Arab Ministerial Council for Housing and Construction.

 

7th October 2019: World Habitat Day


EVENT FEATURES




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EVENT IN NUMBERS

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Ministers and government authorities, officials and representatives of national, regional and local governments as well as representatives of Arab institutions concerned with housing and urban development
  • Professionals and technical officers working in the field of housing and urban development, non-governmental organizations and civil society and community representatives, as well as universities, academia and scientific and research institutions representatives;
  • Representatives of private sector organizations in the Arab region;
  • International, regional, national and local development organizations and agencies

WHY YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED



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EVENT THEMES

Inclusive Cities for The Happiness and Well-Being of All

Planning for livable urban futures

Empowering communities and enhancing participatory governance

Leading experiences in improving the wellbeing and quality of life of societies and cities

Integrating vulnerable groups to promote livable and thriving cities


Sustainability in Housing and Urban Development

The Future of Artificial Intelligence in the Sustainability of Urban Communities

Challenges and Constraints of sustainable housing delivery in Arab Countries

Role of legislations and regulations in achieving ensuring sustainability

Pilot experiences in urban planning for sustainable cities

The future of reconstruction in Arab cities


The role of the private sector and civil society in supporting public housing

The future of partnership between the government and the private sector to support social housing and infrastructure investment to achieve balanced economic development

The Corporate Social Responsibility of the private sector to support low-income housing and basic services delivery

Developing the housing regulatory framework to facilitate the participation of the private sector

Enhancing the participation of civil society and charities in the provision of adequate housing

Pilot experiences in public-private partnerships


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