The Habitat Professionals Forum was founded in 1999 under the auspices of UN-HABITAT as an interdisciplinary partnership of Human Settlement Professionals and UN HABITAT. The Forum was established to promote the delivery of sustainable urbanization and equitable human settlements development. It consists of international associations of human settlements professions which are democratic, non-profit, non-political and non-governmental.
The HPF statement on Covid-19 Pandemic builds upon a survey conducted amongst the Habitat Professionals Forum (HPF) and its members on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on achieving resilient human settlements. Responses received, representing thousands of professionals around the globe, have resulted in the statement which recognises front-line professionals in the crisis, and highlights pressing areas of focus/needs in cities.
In response to these concerns, the HPF will develop a Road map document offering guiding principles on how to build resilience, response and recovery during and after a pandemic. Through this, the HPF also commits to support the Campaign “Take Action with Us in Cities and Communities” and the UN-Habitat Covid-19 Response Plan working to assist cities, regional and national governments in building resilience.
The HPF encourages and supports all professionals globally to participate, contribute to and engage with all the initiatives taken by professional organizations seeking solutions for the pandemic crisis.