The #Housing2030 Report, presented during the Ministerial Meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management of October 6, held in the UN Office in Geneva, collates a wide range of housing policies and initiatives implemented in the 56 European, North American and Asian countries which comprise the UNECE.
The proposals are grouped into four chapters – Governance, Finance and Investment, Urban Planning Policies and Climate Neutrality – and are structured into 33 themes which include aspects as diverse as control of inhabitability criteria, rent regulation, reserves of protected housing or regulations and incentives related to improving energy efficiency of buildings.
Barcelona appears in several sections of the report, with emphasis on strategic planning and the focus on human rights of the Housing Rights Plan 2016-2025, along with the collaboration instruments implemented in recent years with social promoters, cooperatives and civil society entities by means of the Barcelona Social Housing Council. The report also described the German rent regulation model Mietspiegel, along with the system currently operating in Barcelona and other cities in Catalonia.
The Catalan capital also appears as a referent in regard to regulation of tourist apartments, along with cities like Amsterdam, Berlin and New York. In matters of energy efficiency, the report refers to the subsidies for energy renovation and generation of solar energy.
The #Housing2030 study feeds from the experience of more than 100 researchers, public administrations, social housing promoters and activists, and contributes to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement and the universal right to adequate housing. In addition to the report, the #Housing2030 initiative has generated a specific website gathering detailed information on the proposals analysed and a series of podcasts.