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An agenda for housing reform: reconciling development& mitigation and adaptation in urban development in the global South

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The decisions made around the location& design and construction of housing over the next decade will profoundly shape our collective future. 1.8 billion people around the world currently lack access to adequate and affordable housing; and this figure is estimated to grow to 3 billion by 2030. During this period& climate related threats to the lives and livelihoods of urban residents are expected to increase. Unfortunately& there are real tensions among different goals& and a disconnect between housing and climate agendas. Housing is key to urban resilience and social inclusion. The quality of housing and neighbourhood design and construction determines people’s health and exposure to climate shocks. Higher population densities with appropriate neighbourhood designs can boost economic productivity and reduce demand for land& material and energy. Compact cities can reduce the costs of access to infrastructure and support safe convivial neighbourhoods. Affordable homes are a fundamental human right& and they create the conditions for tackling gender inequality& strengthening climate resilience and catalysing economic development. Community-led housing offers ways to enhance resilience by strengthening social networks and organizational capabilities while informal settlement upgrading increases supports the inclusion of the lowest income households. Unfortunately& cities are struggling to deliver climate-smart& accessible and affordable housing. These difficulties are particularly acute in Africa& Asia and Latin America. Resilient resource-efficient homes remain too expensive. Moreover& without adequate investment& higher densities may concentrate exposure to climate hazards and exacerbate problems related to over-crowding. This session will support a dialogue between stakeholders who approach housing provision from four diverse entry points: climate change mitigation& adaptation& economic transformation and poverty reduction. We hope for a vibrant conversation across disciplinary and sectoral siloes. Representatives from industry groups& engineering firms& research institutes& utilities and grassroots federations of the urban poor will& through plenary and breakout sessions& identify and grapple with the potential contradictions among their respective agendas. Together we will explore sophisticated holistic interventions to secure the required quadruple win: low-carbon& climate-resilient housing for all delivered in ways that strengthen local economies