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COP27 #BuildingsPavilion - Climate resilience in the built environment: adapting to a changing climate

COP27 #BuildingsPavilion, Auditorium (lot. n°113)

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

COP27 #BuildingsPavilion

Place: #BuildingsPavilion Auditorium (lot. n°113)

Date: 10 November 2022

Time: 13:30-16:15 Eastern European Time

Lead organisation(s): BuildingToCOP Coalition (led by WorldGBC)

Partners: BuildChange, Resilience Rising, C40

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In the past 20 years, natural disasters have affected 4.4 billion people, claimed 1.3 million lives, and caused $2 trillion USD in economic losses (World Bank, UN). By 2050, over 970 cities could be subjected to extreme heat, with over 570 cities impacted by sea level rise, to name just two impacts of our changing climate (C40). Far too few cities are prepared for these changes. The extreme heat, floods, droughts and wildfires seen in urban hubs around the world in recent years have shown how unbearable, and unliveable, our cities could become – unless we act to build resilience while mitigating further changes.

Our built environment is continually growing to meet the demands of changing, urban-centric populations. Two-thirds of people will live in cities by 2060, yet half of the urban fabric to accommodate them has not yet been built. It is critical that design and investment decisions taken today consider the scale, scope and severity of climate change impacts that will affect these built assets. 
The built environment sector has the opportunity to lead the resilience agenda, placing adaptation on par with mitigation through how we design, manage and occupy buildings and infrastructure for the world's people. In this session, the World Green Building Council and partners will position the built environment as a priority solution for climate resilience and adaptation, explore key topics including finance and civic participation, and present the massive opportunity to deliver system transformation to improve livelihoods worldwide.
WorldGBC will also be announcing the launch of their dedicated guide to climate resilience in the built environment, and exploring the key principles through the demonstration of solutions for every geography. In addition, the content of WorldGBC’s ‘Sustainable Reconstruction Guidelines’ will be presented as part of a regional deep-dive on resilient rebuilding of disaster-hit areas.

Speakers and Panelists

  • 13.30 -13.35: Event Welcome from MCs

Amira Ayoub, MENA Programmes Head, WorldGBC
Catriona Brady, Director of Strategy & Development, WorldGBC

  • 13.35 - 13.50: Opening Remarks

Manuel de Araújo, Mayor of Quelimane, Mozambique
Cristina Gamboa, CEO, WorldGBC
Flavia Howard, Mainstreaming Climate Resilience Lead, UN High Level Climate Champions

  • 13.50 - 14.20: Core Principles for Resilience and Adaptation in the Built Environment 

Catriona Brady, Director of Strategy & Development, WorldGBC (moderator)
Ana Carolina Lafemina, Deputy Head of the City of São Paulo's Districts 
Dr Sunita Purushottam, Head of Sustainability, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd
Karim Selouane, CEO and Founder, Resallience
Hellen Wanjohi, Resilience African Cities Lead, WRI

  • 14.20-14.45: Fireside chat about financing resilience and adaptation

Juliet Mian, Resilience Rising (moderator) - tbc
Ommid Saberi, Senior Industry Specialist, IFC (virtual participation)
Morgan Richmond, Senior Analyst, CPI/CCFLA

  • 14.45-15.00: Break - coffee, comfort and re-energise 

15.00-15.25: Discussion on Civic Participation: how to make sure the voices of the vulnerable are heard? 
Maria Alejandra Aguilar, High Level Climate Champion Youth Representative
Alejandra Rivera, Global Programme Manager Built Environment, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)

Nasra Danda, CEO, Kenya Green Building Society

Ully Sant'Anna, Clima de Eleiçao
Seth Schultz, CEO, Resilience Rising (moderator)

  • 15.25-15.50: Panel on Disaster hit areas - Extreme weather and wartorn, focus on Sustainable Reconstruction Guidelines - resilience and adaptation in practice 

Amira Ayoub, MENA Programmes Head, WorldGBC (moderator)
Manuel de Araújo, Mayor of Quelimane, Mozambique
Sarah Robinson Bush, Chief of Staff, BuildChange
Dr Salah El Haggar, President, Egypt GBC

  • 15.50-16.10 - Solutions in Practice - Case studies: Designing and retrofitting resilient buildings and cities. 

Dragos Arautu, Passivhaus (virtual participation)
Sarah El Battouty, Founder, ECOnsult Architecture

  • 16.10-16.15: Closing remarks

Laila Iskandar, Social Entrepreneur and Politician