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Leading Government, Private Sector and NGOs to Meet in Berlin

As Europe’s housing crisis continues to deepen, Europe’s leading government officials, private sector representatives and NGOs will seek new solutions at the 3rd Europe Housing Forum in Berlin.  Co-organized by UN-Habitat, UNDP, UNECE, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Habitat for Humanity International, the meeting features leading housing experts. 

They will address the region’s three most critical housing issues—affordability, sustainability and livability—and ultimately help set Europe’s future housing agenda. 

Some of the discussions will focus on:

  • Reversing the trend that makes housing unaffordable making it impossible for people unable to get on the property ladder.
  • Increasing social housing stocks which are running well below 10 percent of the current needs forcing citizens to live in inadequate housing or emigrate to find a home for the families.
  • Addressing the deteriorating, low quality pre-fabricated Soviet-era housing in eastern and central Europe which experts consider to be a ‘time bomb’ that will affect both residents and each country’s economic growth.

The forum also features a series of moderated workshops on the key issues with speakers from national governments, microfinance organizations, housing policy leaders, and the media.

As part of the conference, Habitat for Humanity International will launch its 2015 Housing Review which captures the latest thinking on the housing market along with in-depth chapters on affordability, sustainability and livability and how the current refugee situation puts event more pressure on the authorities to create housing for its citizens. The Housing Review contains an update of all the key statistics related to housing in 15 countries in Central and Eastern Europe region.

Who should attend?

The Europe Housing Forum is intended for policy makers, urban planners, private sector players, utilities, donor agencies, international organizations, and NGOs.


  1. Günther Bachmann - General Secretary, German Council for Sustainable Development
  2. Marc Calon - President, Housing Europe and President, Dutch Social Housing Federation, AEDES
  3. Prof. Dr. Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup - Permanent Secretary for Building and Housing, Urban Development and Environment, Berlin
  4. Leilani Farha - UN Special Rapporteur, Adequate Housing
  5. Maurits Groen - Founder/CEO, Waka Waka
  6. Jacek Grunt-Mejer - Coordinator of the Integrated Revitalisation Program in Warsaw

  7. Dr. Jan Mischke - McKinsey Global Institute
  8. Jan Olbrycht - Member of the European Parliament, President of the URBAN Intergroup
  9. Michał Olszewski - Deputy Mayor, Warsaw
  10. Katarzyna Pawlak - Management Board member, Microfinance Centre
  11. Dr. Orna Rosenfeld - Senior Housing Expert, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  12. Judit Törökné Rózsa, DG REGIO Head of Unit for the Competence Centre for Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development
  13. Alireza Sagharchi - Principal, Stanhope Gate Architecture and Urban Design
  14. Elena Szolgayova - Director General, DG Housing Policy and Urban Development, Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development, Slovakia
  15. Keith Thorpe - Department for Communities & Local Government, United Kingdom
  16. Branislava Zakovic - President, Housing Center, Serbia


Katerina Bezgachina - kbezgachina@habitat.org

For registration and program information, click here.

3rd Europe Housing Forum