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DIFI discusses need for affordable, adequate housing for families at UN

DIFI discusses need for affordable, 
adequate housing for families at UN

Tribune News Network
New York
THE Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) put a spotlight on ways of tackling lack of affordable and adequate housing for families, at the United Nations, through its annual Doha Briefing.
“Social protection policies play an important role in addressing family wellbeing, as well as tackling the lack of adequate and affordable housing structures,” said Dr Sharifa Noaman al Emadi, executive director of DIFI while speaking at the UN headquarters.
“Such policies have the untapped potential to contribute to the achievement of development goals at national, regional and global levels. We joined other countries though our Doha Briefing to discuss the challenges faced in addressing the assurance of, and access to, adequate and affordable housing and its impact on family wellbeing, and put forward endorsed measures to facilitate the access to affordable housing.
“DIFI also aimed to identify challenges facing parents during these changing times, including familial conflict and housing instability, and highlighting solutions, such as investing in parenting programmes.”
The Qatar Foundation member’s briefing in New York was held at the 58th Session of the Commission for Social Development, titled ‘Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness’ and focused on how access to housing and social protection systems are vital for nurturing strong and stable families.
Held in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Qatar, the briefing’s first session was held in collaboration with the United Nations (UN), the Division for Inclusive Social Development within the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs.
Participants were welcomed by the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN Her Excellency Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al Thani.
Speakers included Ghanem Mubarak al Kuwari, assistant undersecretary for Social Affairs at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Qatar, who gave a presentation on ‘The State’s Role in Protecting Family Cohesion by Providing Housing Care: Regulations, Policies, Priority’.
The second session of the Doha Briefing was organised by DIFI in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the UN, UNICEF and the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) under the theme of ‘Families and Housing Instability: Investing in Parenting Programmes’.

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