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The Affordable Metropolis Initiative – A Global Dialogue on Affordable Housing: Policy, Finance, Technology and Shelters

Source: The Grand Paris Alliance™

“The present Yearbook is the outcome of The Affordable Metropolis Initiative, a process launched in February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) at the World Urban Forum 9 (WUF9). It is a joint effort by the Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development, the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) and the General Assembly of Partners (GAP). It is a voluntary contribution to the implementation of the Habitat III New Urban Agenda (NUA) and to the territorialization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also meant to support the realization of UN Habitat 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.

As real estate markets are expected to represent a total of more than 4,2 trillion USD of investments globally by 2025, our urban world is plagued by rapidly growing imbalances severely affecting housing affordability and as a consequence, threatening long term sustainable development and the realization of the UN Agenda 2030.

The Affordable Metropolis Initiative aims at understanding, through dialogue and research, why urban inequalities are rising so much and so quickly. It aims at providing and showcasing concrete solutions to respond to such systemic risks affecting all efforts towards more sustainable livelihoods. We believe housing to be a crucial part of the equation towards more affordable and therefore more sustainable metropolitan systems and cities throughout the globe.

Turning housing as a driver for social, economic and environmental sustainability is the goal of the Global Dialogue on Affordable Housing, the first project under the Affordable Metropolis Initiative, focusing on Policy, Finance, Technology and Shelters. It is also about contributing to the implementation of a more effective Right to the City, as the world is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “


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