Dear fellow members and friends, Normally when notifying you of an event, I try to contextualize the event’s theme within a broader context, but, as you can see below, UNA-Canada’s Joan Broughton has done an excellent job of doing that. So, I’ll just encourage you to read Joan’s message below and have a look at the attached posters in French and English. You will see that the event is to be held at the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN).
In case you are unfamiliar with its location, CMN near to downtown Ottawa at 240 Rue McLeod Street sandwiched in between O’Connor and Elgin on the west and east, and McLeod and Argyle on the north and south. And note that the event will be in person only with no option for “virtually” attending.
Yours, Shane Roberts (President)National Capital Region Branch (NCRB), United Nations Association in CanadaOn behalf of NCRB’s Executive Committee: Tara-Marie Andronek (Past President), Georgina Bencsik, and Barb Darling, and associates Laura Bradbury and Madison Kennedy-Jones.
Please join us for a Panel Discussion on Adequate Housing at Home and Abroad Tuesday, 13 December 2022 5:15 – 7:00 PMCanadian Museum of Nature The event, co-organized by UN-Habitat and the United Nations Association Canada, seeks to inform policy makers, politicians, local governments, housing organizations, and other constituencies about the challenges and emerging solutions to adequate housing, in Canada and abroad. Some of the key policy responses to address housing crises and homelessness are to enhance the role of local governments and intergovernmental coordination, promote digital innovation, accelerate the integration of housing, services, health, and basic incomes, and placing people at the centre of urban planning. Sharp increases of land and property values have made renting and buying houses unaffordable to residents in cities globally. The housing crisis not only concerns poorer parts of urban populations in developing countries, but also increasingly affects lower and middle-class residents in North American and European cities. Previous inequalities in the access to adequate housing have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a surge in homelessness in many countries. UN-Habitat estimates that by 2030, over 3 billion people will lack access to adequate housing.
Distinguished Panelists will discuss Canadian best practices contributing to address homelessness and the housing crisis, and to explore how lessons learned in the Canadian context can be shared with other countries and contribute to global policy advocacy, including to the Second Session of the United Nations Habitat Assembly in June 2023.
Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-Habitat·
Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, City of Kitchener, President, United Cities & Local Governments·
Carole Saab, CEO, Canadian Federation of Municipalities (tbc)·
Romy Bowers, CEO, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (tbc)·
Leilani Farha, Director, The Shift, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing·
Richard Florida, Professor, University of Toronto (tbc)
Registration is free but please register in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-un-panel-discussion-adequate-housing-at-home-and-abroad-tickets-482613870077 We look forward to seeing you on the 13th!
Joan BroughtonPublic Information Officer/Agente d’information publiqueUnited Nations Association in CanadaAssociation canadienne pour les Nations Unies Located on the unceded Territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin NationSitué sur un territoire non cédé de la Nation algonquine Anishinaabe 205 – 280 rue Albert StreetOttawa,, ON K1P 5G8613-232-5751 ext email@example.com