The HPF statement on Covid-19 Pandemic builds upon a survey conaducted 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 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 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.