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Belarus' country profile on urban development, housing and land management presented in Geneva

Economy 08.10.2019 | 18:43
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MINSK, 8 October (BelTA) - Belarus' country profile on urban development, housing and land management was presented in Switzerland at the 80th session of the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management, BelTA learned from the press service Ministry of Construction and Architecture of Belarus.

The study includes recommendations for improving state urban planning, housing and land policies, and modernization of the housing stock. The study has been published in English and will soon be translated into Russian and distributed between appropriate government bodies.

The country profile was presented by Belarus' Deputy Minister of Architecture and Construction Oleg Shvets. He noted the importance of constructive cooperation with the UNECE committee, stressed that Belarusian experts are actively involved in the development of UNECE policy documents and attend international forums. Delegations are exchanged on a regular basis.

During the visit to Geneva the Belarusian delegation discussed the implementation of a joint project with the UNECE on the development of housing stock of green construction with the use of energy-saving eco-friendly technologies in Grodno. An agreement has been reached on a visit of the UNECE mission to Belarus in early 2020 to discuss the concept. A joint international seminar on sustainable housing, energy efficiency and urban development has been scheduled for May.

The previous country profile was published in 2008, the permanent mission of Belarus at the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva informed. International experts noted that since the publication of the first study, the country has made great progress in urban planning and housing construction, land use and management. The country has taken measures to adapt the national legislation and assimilate the best international practices.

The main priorities of Belarus' urban policy, which are reflected in the state program on housing construction in 2016-2020, are interrelated with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing.

Some 218 representatives from 42 countries in the region participated in the meeting of the 80th session of the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management. They discussed sustainable housing and urban development, land management and land use, the real estate market, and the development of country profiles for the countries of the UNECE region.

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