Welcome Notes

We have the honour and pleasure to invite you to participate in the 6th Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD), which will be held in New Delhi, Republic of India from 14 -16 December 2016.

The official Opening ceremony will be on the morning of the 14th, followed by the Executive Level meeting of Senior Officials (SOM) which will take place for two days on 14th and 15th December followed by the High-Level Meeting of Ministers’ on 16th December, 2016. The Ministerial meeting will review and endorse the Declaration and Action Plan as the main outcomes of the conference.

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing a rapid urbanization process. Cities are expanding quickly in their peripheries leading to a situation of un-organised and unplanned development in the peripheral areas. Further, transport corridors attract activities along them, thereby leading to linear spatial corridor development radiating from the cities. Such development areas, being not within the city boundary, is administered and planned by alternate authorities. To ensure sustainable development, it is necessary to develop the city and the periphery in an integrated manner. The principles of rural-urban continuum need to be applied for integrated development. Keeping in view the importance of the issue for the entire Asia-Pacific region, following closely on Habitat III and the recent commitments made through the New Urban Agenda, this timely Conference will focus on `policy responses to new forms of urbanization such as urbanization beyond municipal boundaries, urban corridors etc., and what kind of governance structure should be in place for these new urban forms’.

Accordingly, the overall theme of the conference is: ‘Emerging Urban Forms – Policy Responses and Governance Structure in the context of the New Urban Agenda’. In line with the main theme of the Conference, the 5 working groups would focus on related sub-themes, which are as follows:


Main theme of the 6th APMCHUD in New Delhi:
“Emerging Urban Forms - Policy Responses and Governance Structure
in the context of the New Urban Agenda”

Working Group and the Lead Country

Sub-themes for the Working Groups

in line with the main theme of the Conference

I.         Urban and Rural Planning and Management (Lead country - Republic of India)

Integrated Planning, Management and Governance Structure Imperatives 

II.       Upgrading of Slums and Informal Settlements (Lead country - Islamic Republic of Iran)

Un-organised Growth in Peripheral Areas and Slum Upgradation Aspects

III.    Delivery of  Basic Services (Jointly led by the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Republic of Maldives)

Ensuring Basic Services including Mobility for Integrated Development

IV.    Financing  Sustainable Housing (Lead country - Republic of Korea)

Ensuring Access to Housing and Housing Finance in the Urban - Rural Continuum

V.      Urban Development with reference to Natural and Climate Change related Disasters (Lead country - Republic of Indonesia)

Ensuring Sustainable and Natural Disaster Resilient Urban Development including Climate Change

We would request all member countries to share their experiences and experiments in the field of Housing and Urban Development during the conference under the five sub-themes outlined above, through appropriate presentations which the APMCHUD Secretariat would be happy to accommodate in the overall programme during the Working Group meetings.

APMCHUD is an inter-governmental mechanism for collaboration and cooperation in the field of housing and urban development among the Asia-Pacific countries. Established under the aegis and support of UN-Habitat, APMCHUD is a consultative mechanism on the promotion of sustainable development of Housing and Urban Development in the Asia-Pacific Region. APMCHUD is composed of the Biennial Ministerial Conference, the Bureau and the Secretariat, and represented by the Ministers of Housing and Urban Development of the Asia-Pacific countries. The Bureau of APMCHUD, elected by the Biennial Conference of Ministers responsible for Housing and Urban Development, holds office until the next Conference. The permanent Secretariat of APMCHUD is hosted by India in New Delhi. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA), Government of India is the nodal Ministry for APMCHUD activities.

Field trips will be organized for interested participants during the conference to show several best practices in and around New Delhi city that demonstrate the importance of people’s participation in urban planning and related areas in achieving sustainable urbanization.

The provisional agenda for the conference and related information will soon be uploaded on the APMCHUD website (www.apmchud.com). For further information, please contact the focal point, Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Chief Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) and Joint Secretary (Housing), Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India at your earliest (e-mail: jshousing- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and also forward a copy to the APMCHUD Permanent Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).