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COP27 Climate Action Event - MPGCA Human Settlements Event "Action towards a net-zero, circular & resilient built environment and cities for everyone, everywhere"

COP27 Climate Action Room

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

COP27 Climate Action Event

Place: Action Room 1 | Ibis, COP27 Climate Action Zone

Lead organizations: High-Level Climate Champions, ICLEI, GlobalABC

Date: 17 November 2022

Time: 10:00-12:00 EET

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The event will focus on solutions for people. Cities are warming 2x faster than the global average, and the buildings and construction sector contributes ~40% of global greenhouse gas emissions; at a local level it is peoples homes, peoples schools, peoples hospitals and cultural centres that need decarbonizing – the transition must put people at the centre to help address the combined heat and energy crises, especially in the global south. Transitioning to a circular economy in our densest urban areas is critical to transform human settlements and the built environment within them to a resilient, zero-carbon future. Putting the buildings and construction sector on a circular economy trajectory is essential for zero waste and for achieving national climate targets - over a third of construction waste currently goes to landfill. This event will demonstrate recent signals of change from around the globe– highlighting the transition toward net-zero, resilient, equitable, affordable, safe human settlements– and the associated co-benefits, from job creation to reduced air pollution.


Introduction & Welcome remarks - Accelerating Climate Action in Human Settlements: What is at stake?

  • Kobie Brand, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI (moderator) (TBC)
  • Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Champion
  • Brigid Shea, Commissioner, Travis County, TX, USA, and ICLEI USA Board Chair
  • Atiqul Islam, Mayor of Dhaka North

Opening panel - Buildings as materials banks: Enabling a circular way of building

  • Sarah El Battouty, Founder ECOnsult Architecture
  • Magali Anderson, CSO Holcim
  • Marcio Viegas, Founder & Managing director, SUST4IN

Fireside chat #1 - Multi-level action for the circular transition to achieve net-zero goals

  • Jennifer Layke, WRI (moderator)
  • Pedro Campos, Civil Engineer, Former Chief Innovation Office at COMPESA (Water and Sanitation Company) and Congressman for the State of Pernambuco, Brazi
  • Risto Veivo, City of Turku, Finland
  • Hiroshi Ono, Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Fireside chat #2 - At-pace, at-scale: the tools for transformation in our growing built environment

  • Majida El Ouardirhi, Secretary General, Ministry of National Territory and Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Jerome Frost, UK, India, Middle East and Africa Chair, Arup
  • Aline Cardoso, Head of Economic Development and Labour, City of São Paulo, Brazil


  • Cristina Gamboa, CEO World Green Building Council