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What is it?

The Forum on Housing, Latin America & the Caribbean, is the only multi-stakeholder space in the region for sharing and collectively building the present and future of both housing and urban habitat. The central theme of the forum’s fifth edition will be housing as key tool to address the current climate and social crisis, which was exacerbated by an unprecedented pandemic that worsened the region’s housing deficit.  We will also be reviewing the status of housing, bringing together knowledge and facilitating comprehensive, innovative and scaled solutions that join the Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda.

The 5th Forum on Housing, Latin America & the Caribbean, is an event organized by Habitat for Humanity with strategic partners and convened through the Urban Housing Practitioners Hub (UHPH).

The forum will be held from July 31 to August 2, 2023, in Bogota, Colombia. The event is co-hosted by the Ministry of Housing, City and Territory of Colombia, and the Bogota Mayor's Office. Admission will be free, with limited space, so advance registration is required.


Objectives of the 5th Forum on Housing, Latin America & the Caribbean


  • Recognize urgent climate and social challenges in housing and habitat
  • Share and propose innovative, scalable and responsible solutions addressing climate change
  • Summon the commitment, investments and resources required by the emergency

City venue of the 5th Forum on Housing, Latin America & the Caribbean

Colombia has been selected as the venue of the 5th Forum on Housing, Latin America & the Caribbean, because the country is a regional reference and laboratory of policies and important intersectoral initiatives between housing and environment, public and private, national and local, aimed at building more sustainable and efficient housing and cities.

Bogota, the capital, is internationally recognized for its sustainable and equitable housing and habitat initiatives. Those attending the forum will have the opportunity to connect in the same space with multiple players in the sector from all over the region, fostering the generation of new strategic partnerships, high-level conversations and the spread of innovative ideas.

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Forum Central Issue 


Why Bogotá? 


Why should you go to the Housing Forum?

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  • Ernesto Castro

    Area Vice President in Habitat for Humanity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Mia Mottley

    Prime Minister of Barbados and first woman to hold the position, champion of climate action and main speaker at COP 27 and COP26

  • Jose Antonio Marengo Orsini

    Climatologist at Brazil’s National Center for Natural Disaster Monitoring and Alert (CEMADEN), member and collaborator of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

  • Balakrishnan Rajagopal

     United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing

  • Cerin Kizhakkethottam

    Environmental lawyer in charge of the Sustainable Urbanization for the Next Generation (SURGe) initiative, Programme Officer for Climate Change and Urban Environment – UN Habitat Climate Action

  • Paola Siclari

     Architect and urban planner, responsible for the progress report on the New Urban Agenda at LAC; works at The New School

  • Elkin Velázquez

    Regional Director of UN-Habitat for Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Claudia Lopez Hernández

    Mayor of Bogotá.

  • Catalina Velasco Campuzano

    Minister of Housing, City and Territory of Colombia.

The forum is free 
*prior registration is required 


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