World Habitat Day Tests Synergies

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Newly formed LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich, honored 2015 World Habitat Day last month outlining its approach to affordable housing, especially in developing countries where it has cement, aggregate, concrete and building materials operations. With world population on a steadily upward trajectory, company officials note, an adequate stock of dwellings has become one of the biggest 21st century challenges. Key figures from World Habitat Day sponsors tell the story: 4 billion people in the world do not have access to decent housing; 800 million people live in slums; and, conditions in India alone indicate a need for 150 million-plus sanitation units.

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