Thrust on durable housing policy
Published : Wednesday, 24 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 694
Speakers on Tuesday stressed the need for more resilient and durable housing policy for millions of people in all divisional cities.
"From now on we need give special focus on urban housing as the number of population is increasing every day," said Hossain Zillur Rahman, a former adviser to a caretaker government.
He made this comment at a seminar titled on Building Collaboration for Housing Impact organized by Bangladesh Housing Forum at a city hotel.
Zillur Rahman, also Executive Chairman of the Power and Participation Research Centre, said: "We need to work together to improve informal housing."
State Minister for Social Welfare Sharif Ahmed was present as the chief guest and inaugurated the two-day national seminar.
Besides, Md Rashidul Islam, Chairman, National Housing Authority, Government of Bangladesh, Gokul Krishna Ghosh, (Joint Secretary), Director, NGO Affairs Bureau, Prime Minister's Office of Government of Bangladesh, Richard Hathaway, Vice-President, Asia-Pacific Region of Habitat for Humanity Int. and John Armstrong, Chairman, Adhoc Steering Committee of the Bangladesh Housing Forum and National Director, Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh, delivered speeches onthe occasion.
Sharif Ahmed noted that by 2031 the urban population will be 45% of the total population of Bangladesh.
He urged the development organizations and other relevant agencies to work together and ensure housing solutions to the most marginalized population of the country.
In his key note speech, Dr Zillur Rahman said, 'Urban housing solutions are critical to realizing SDG 11 and sustainable and equitable urbanization.
He urged the policy makers for a paradigm shift on urban housing from being merely aspirational to being strategic.
The closing event of the seminar will have Dr Md Enamur Rahman, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief served as Chief Guest on Wednesday.
John Armstrong, national director of Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh and Chairman of the Adhoc Steering Committee of the Bangladesh Housing Forum, said, "Working together with the government and other organizations gives us an opportunity to support housing initiatives that further promote collaboration and innovation to come up with better housing solutions for the families and communities that we serve."
Among others, the seminar was attended by Professor Dr Nasreen Hossain, Head of the Department of Architecture, BUET, S M Monjur Rashid, Head of Policy, Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications of Oxfam in Bangladesh and representatives from relevant government agencies and national and international NGOs.