UN Habitat Assembly

27 May 2019 | 31 May 2019

UN Habitat

Nairobi, Kenya


The first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly will be held from 27-31 May 2019, at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi.


Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) @ the UN Habitat Assembly

Efficiency for Affordability: how energy efficiency can drive affordable housing
UN Habitat Assembly Side Event

more info in attachment

UNON Board Room
Wednesday, 29 May 2019
13:15 - 14:45


Ensuring affordable housing is a growing challenge for governments around the world. As cities expand and housing prices increase, more and more people seek affordable living space. At the same time, one quarter of the world’s population lives in slums and informal settlements, and on average public social housing represents less than 15% of all housing types globally. In summary, affordable housing is often inadequate while adequate housing is often unaffordable. Furthermore, at times of climate change and resource scarcity embedding environmental sustainability considerations into housing and buildings and construction decisions is a must and will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. Energy efficiency measures are often misperceived as adding cost, jeopardizing affordability. Yet, it is the urban poor who need energy efficient and climate-responsive housing most urgently. When considering a building’s life-cycle, energy efficiency decreases operating costs, and with it day to day expenditures. Energy efficiency provides opportunities for new technologies and businesses. Governments, often in charge of affordable housing projects, can lead by example in ensuring affordable housing projects showcase what is possible and set a new standard, pulling others to follow.

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC), hosted by UN Environment, and UN Habitat’s Housing Unit are pleased to invite participants to join the debate on how energy efficiency can drive affordability in the buildings and construction sector, with special attention to the housing market.


More about the UN Habitat Assembly

The special theme for the UN-Habitat Assembly, as discussed during the twenty-first meeting of the Subcommittee on Policy and Programme of Work of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) held on 30 November 2018 and endorsed during the 71st Regular meeting of the CPR on 4 December 2018 is: “Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities” The CPR also endorsed the Sub theme as: “Accelerated implementation of the New Urban Agenda towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals”.


During the first session, The Assembly is expected establish the Executive Board of UN-Habitat and elect its members, to review and approve the UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and also review the Progress in implementation of New Urban Agenda, among other things


Member States of the United Nations are expected to participate in the deliberations of the UN-Habitat Assembly. In addition, a State which is a member of a Specialized Agency, and Observer Members States of the United Nations may participate in the deliberations of the UN-Habitat Assembly in the capacity of an observer.


The Assembly will also be attended by United Nations Agencies, Local authorities and non-state actors including civil society, youth and women group representatives, the private sector and the Academia.


UN-Habitat Assembly Guide



UNHA Side Event_24 May.pdf