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COP26 #BuildingsPavilion - Skills for a Green Construction Recovery (Commonwealth Association of Architects)


Buildings Pavilion - Boardroom (Hall 4)

COP26 #BuildingsPavilion

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Place: Buildings Pavilion - Boardroom (Hall 4) - 16 places available

Time: 11:30 - 12:30 GMT


As emphasized in the Commonwealth's Call to Action for Sustainable Urbanisation, the critical capacity gap that specifically exists within the Commonwealth region requires a new way of working and upskilling at scale. A holistic knowledge base, trans-disciplinary collaboration, and sharing of industry experiences have been identified as the key actions that the sector should implement as soon as possible. Inherently addressing these actions, Climate Framework Initiative is receiving tremendous support to address the capacity challenge fast and at scale, as it unites industry and academia for effective upskilling, knowledge sharing, and capacity building for collective climate action.


The Survey of the Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth reveals a critical lack of built environment professionals, and a corresponding lack of educational/institutional capacity in many Commonwealth countries, which are rapidly urbanising (without appropriate building codes) and are among the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Convening key stakeholders - in advance of the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting - to identify actions required for greater capacity building. The aim is to collectively commit to adopting the ‘Climate Framework’ for holistic education/upskilling across the construction sector and academia.


  • Chair: Mina Hasman (GlobalABC Focal Point, Commonwealth Association of Architects & Sustainability Lead, SOM)
  • Kalim Siddiqui (the President, Commonwealth Association of Architects);
  • Simon Sadinsky (Executive Director, The Prince’s Foundation); 
  • Victoria Burrows (Director of Advancing Net Zero, WorldGBC); 
  • Dr Mahendra Gooroochurn (Senior Lecturer, University of Mauritius) &
  • Fatma Abdelaal (PhD Candidate, University of Canterbury, New Zealand) - both representing The Association of Commonwealth Universities.