Representatives from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently attended Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, to share the association’s housing agenda and learn more about housing issues impacting countries across the world. The meeting, which drew thousands of people from across the globe, took place October 17-20 in Quito, Ecuador.

One of the primary goals of the meeting, which is held every 20 years, is to focus on implementing the New Urban Agenda, which is intended to set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, and rethink the way we build, manage and live in cities, by bringing together stakeholders and partners in the public and private sectors.

“Many of NAHB’s priorities are in line with the New Urban Agenda, therefore it was important for us to share our viewpoint at this important international housing event,” said NAHB chair Ed Brady, a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill. “It was also a learning experience for us to hear from housing officials from across the globe to learn more about the issues impacting their housing markets and how they are dealing with them.”

The meeting focused on a variety of issues affecting communities on a global level, including affordable housing, sustainable development, urban planning, open space and resilience in construction.

“NAHB has been at the forefront of many of these key issues, and we believe with our experience and expertise that we can assist the U.N. and U.S. in implementing some of the important goals of the agenda,” said Brady. “We stand ready and willing to fight for the housing industry at home and abroad to provide more safe and affordable housing for families everywhere.”

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