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, AMFHUD3 will also facilitate and strengthen regional cooperation around housing and urban sustainable development issues with reference to international trends.
In this regard, AMFHUD3 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.
Name of Organization: Ministry of infrastructure Development, UAE;
- League of Arab States/ Arab Council of Ministers of Housing and Construction;
- UN-Habitat Regional Office for Arab States (Technical Secretariat).
Names and titles of speakers:
- His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Sheikh Zayed Housing Program, Minister of Infrastructure Development in UAE.
- Dr. Dena Assaf, United Nations Resident Coordinator for the UAE
- Mr. Victor Kisob, Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat
- H.E. Ambassador Dr. Kamal Hassan Ali, Assistant Secretary General of Economic Affairs, League of Arab States
- H.E. Majed AlHogail, Minister of Housing, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- H.E. Dr. Jenan Boushehri, Minister of State for Housing Affairs, Kuwait
- H.E. Dr. Noureddine Selmi, Minister of Equipment, Housing and Spatial Planning, Tunisia
- H.E. Mr. Basim bin Yacob Alhamer, Minister of Housing, Bahrain
- H.E. Dr. Assem Al-Gazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Egypt
- H.E. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness, UAE
- H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates
- H.E. Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director-General of the Smart Dubai Office
- Ashish Karamchandani, Managing Director of FSG
- Andrea Wieland, CEO of “More Than Housing”, World Habitat award winner 2016
Estimated number of participants: 2000