Federation for
Housing and

International Housing Forum

Thursday 07.09.2017 to Friday 08.09.2017

Can sustainable urban planning result in creating inclusive communities? Our answer is a loud and clear ‘YES’! However, when discussing such comprehensive topics, it is easier said than done: sustainable urban planning can refer to a plethora of things.

Besides, how exactly do we define an ‘inclusive community’? 

Time to have a good discussion and bring in some of the main experts in the field, from all over the world! This is exactly what will happen during The International Housing Forum (IHF 2017), a two-day event, running from 7-8 September in Singapore, which is also this year’s IFHP annual Summit. The event focuses on the theme of ‘Sustainable Planning, Inclusive Communities’ and will discuss ways to advance the UN’s New Urban Agenda through policy, planning, design and technology.
Taking the cue from the New Urban Agenda, which was adopted at the 2016 United Nations (UN) Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), we have designed this Forum to focus on the theme of ‘Sustainable Planning, Inclusive Communities’. The goal is to advance the New Urban Agenda through policy, planning, design and technological interventions.
To improve the lives of the present and future generations, we need to re-envision the way cities and towns are planned, designed, developed and governed, through the building of sustainable developments, providing affordable housing and creating inclusive communities.
The good news? You are invited to join! (And if you are an IFHP member you can make use of the membership discount.)
The International Housing Forum 2017 will, as such, be a platform for housing and planning experts and professionals worldwide to exchange good practices and ideas on planning and housing. This Forum is jointly organised by us, the IFHP, the Housing & Development Board (HDB), the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning & Human Settlements (EAROPH), as well as the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and the Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP).

The International Housing Forum will be held in conjunction with the convening of the Ordinary IFHP Council Meeting 2017. You can find more information about that here


To further the discussion on this important area of work, the Housing & Development Board of Singapore is partnering with two international agencies, International Federation of Housing & Planning (IFHP) and Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning & Human Settlements (EAROPH), as well as Singapore Institute of Planners and Centre for Liveable Cities, to organise a two-day International Housing Forum in Singapore.

The International Housing Forum 2017 is scheduled on 7 to 8 September 2017, and is intended to bring together professionals, policy makers and academics in the planning and housing fraternity to share expertise and make positive changes to the urban environment. We estimate to have about 400 participants from all around the world to join us for this event.

Read the welcome message by Dr. Cheong Koon Hean of the Housing & Development Board here



During this two-day Forum, we will discuss a wide range of topics, including the planning and design of liveable, sustainable and inclusive cities, the development of affordable housing and the policy and governance frameworks that enable such developments, and in the process, exchange views on some of the ways we can advance the New Urban Agenda.  
You can find the full programme of the Forum here


We are privileged to be joined by a slate of renowned speakers, including Dr Eugénie Birch (Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania), Dr Philipp Rode (Executive Director, LSE Cities), Prof David Chan (Director of Behavioural Sciences Institute, SMU), Ms Jacqueline Poh (Chief Executive, Government Technology Agency), and many others who will share their expertise over this Forum. Our own CEO Anette Galskjøt will moderate the panel debate. 
You can find an overview of the speakers here


Registration for the International Housing Forum is now open. You can register here

IFHP members will be able to enjoy the early bird fee throughout the whole registration process (i.e. also after the early-bird deadline has passed). This means that as an IFHP member you can participate for only our members can enjoy 350 Sing. dollars. 

Not members: 
We gladly welcome not-members to join. For those whom are not members of IFHP: be aware that the early bird deadline ends on July 31st! 


Why you should attend:
  • Connect with prominent leaders and decision makers

  • Draw insights from case studies to address housing and planning challenges

  • Engage in collaborative discussions on urban solutions with experts from various disciplines

  • Obtain accreditation from institutes/professional bodies

Who should attend:
  • Professionals in planning, housing and related fields
  • Government officials and policy makers
  • Property developers and consultants
  • Solution providers of smart technology and sustainable development
  • Academics and researchers
  • Other stakeholders interested in improving the urban environment. 

The IHF 2017 is an affirmation of our continuing efforts to pursue innovative ideas for housing and ’Make Better Cities For All’. Will you join us? 


The IFHP will be staying at the Sheraton Towers Singapore, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230.

Please see the conference website for further hotel recommendations. Special rates have been negotiated for the IHF conference and council meeting.


For more information about IFHP's role at the International Housing Forum, please contact our CEO, Anette Galskjøt at