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[COP28] Buildings and construction for sustainable cities: New key partnerships for decarbonisation, adaptation and resilience
| 12:30-14:15 Gulf Standard Time (GST)

Al Waha Theatre, Blue Zone, COP28 Presidency Space

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You are invited to attend the COP28 official launch event of the Buildings Breakthrough, titled “Buildings and construction for sustainable cities: New key partnerships for decarbonisation, adaptation and resilience” on 6 December 2023, 12:30-14:15 Gulf Standard Time in Al Waha Theatre, Blue Zone, Presidency Space.

The Buildings Breakthrough is a platform for international collaboration between national governments to accelerate climate action on buildings. Co-led by France and the Kingdom of Morocco and under the coordination of the GlobalABC, the platform will see 25+ countries work together to unlock action in the buildings sector under the goal statement “Near-zero emission and resilient buildings are the new normal by 2030”.

This high-level COP28 Presidency event, organized in cooperation with the GlobalABC, the Governments of France, Kingdom of Morocco and Canada, the Forest and Climate Leaders’ Partnership (FCLP), the BuildingToCOP Coalition, and the High-Level Climate Champions Team, will mark the official launch of the Buildings and Cement Breakthroughs, as well as of the new initiative “Greening Construction with Sustainable Wood” under the FCLP. During this event, you will hear from Ministers and key business and industry leaders as they reflect on how these new partnerships represent a real turning point in the mobilisation of international cooperation to unlock action across the buildings and construction sector, between parties and non-party stakeholders alike. The moment will be immortalised with a family photo bringing together Buildings Breakthrough participating countries and supporting initiatives.

Speakers include:

  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP
  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat 
  • Patrice VERGRIETE, Minister in charge of Housing, France
  • H.E. Stefan Wenzel, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action, Germany
  • Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director-General, Directorate-General “Energy”, European Commission
  • H.E. Ali Zaidi, Assistant to the President and the U.S. National Climate Advisor, USA
  • H.E. Jiang Wanrong, Vice-minister of Housing, Urban and Rural Development, China (TBC)
  • Yves-Laurent SAPOVAL, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Ecological Transition, France
  • Diane Holdorf, Executive Vice President, WBCSD
  • Jamie Fergusson, Global Director, Climate Business, IFC - International Finance Corporation 
  • Dame Jo Da Silva, Global Sustainable Development Director, Arup
  • Benoit Bazin, CEO, Saint-Gobain

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Can’t make it to COP28? Don’t worry, the event will also be broadcast live on the GlobalABC YouTube channel.

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