Dr Cheong Koon Hean
Dear Partners and Friends
Welcome to the International Housing Forum (IHF) 2017!
The International Housing Forum 2017 is a platform for housing and planning experts and professionals worldwide to exchange good practices and ideas on planning and housing. This Forum is jointly organised by the Housing & Development Board (HDB) with the International Federation for Housing & Planning (IFHP), the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning & Human Settlements (EAROPH), as well as the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and the Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP).
Taking the cue from the New Urban Agenda which was adopted at the 2016 United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), we have designed this Forum to focus on the theme of ‘Sustainable Planning, Inclusive Communities’.
To improve the lives of the present and future generations, we need to re-envision the way cities and towns are planned, designed, developed and governed, through the building of sustainable developments, providing affordable housing and creating inclusive communities.
During this two-day Forum, we will discuss a wide range of topics, including the planning and design of liveable, sustainable and inclusive cities, the development of affordable housing and the policy and governance frameworks that enable such developments, and in the process, exchange views on some of the ways we can advance the New Urban Agenda. We are privileged to be joined by a slate of renowned speakers, including Dr Eugénie Birch (Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania), Dr Philipp Rode (Executive Director, LSE Cities), Prof David Chan (Director of Behavioural Sciences Institute, SMU), Ms Jacqueline Poh (Chief Executive, Government Technology Agency), and many others who will share their expertise over this Forum.
The IHF 2017 is an affirmation of our continuing efforts to pursue innovative ideas for housing and bring about improvements in our urban environment. We thank you, our partners, for your contributions. I hope that the Forum will be beneficial and enriching for you, and I look forward to our continued partnership in building better homes and a better world.
With best regards,