In 2014, Autistic Minority International participated in the negotiation of the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing, and as the only disabled persons' organization in the room, we ensured the inclusion of persons with disabilities in this important document.
The responsible Committee on Housing and Land Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) now describes itself as working "to promote [...] adequate housing, including for those with special needs and vulnerable population groups [...] This work is based on key United Nations policy documents on housing and urban development, including, Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing" (https://www.unece.org/housing/viennaconference2018).
The Charter is available in many European languages (including English, French, German, Spanish, etc.) here:
Geneva UN Charter Centres have already been established in Tallinn, Estonia, and Glasgow, UK.
UNECE and the City of Vienna, Austria, are now organizing the Vienna Conference on Sustainable Housing "Promoting access to affordable and decent housing through the implementation of the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing", on 12-13 April 2018, at the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV, 12 April) and City Hall of Vienna (13 April).
Rationale: "The Conference will discuss the progress in achieving access to affordable and decent housing for all through the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, the New Urban Agenda and the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing by national governments, local authorities and relevant stakeholders."
The conference is open to the participation of NGOs and civil society from the UNECE region (which includes USA, Canada, Israel, and central Asian countries).
Languages: English, German and Russian
Deadline for registration: 4 April 2018