Publishing date: 11/10/2016

Buildings and Climate Change

Opening Statement at COP22

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Honorable audience,

It is with great pleasure that I am participating today in this day dedicated to the building sector which will undoubtedly constitute a decisive step in all the work of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC).
This meeting is an opportunity to strengthen climate change action coordination among GABC members, to encourage successful initiatives and to develop new synergies and cooperation. The GABC is also a platform for sharing and exchanging good practices and experiences.
This event is an opportunity to reiterate GABC's commitment to a collective and international approach for ambitious actions in favor of sustainable development and the fight against climate change.
The inventory of the first year of our Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, which is supported by UN Environment, is important because the principal objectives of the Alliance's foundation have been achieved, in particular:

Bringing global building sector actors together to serve a common ambition;

Bringing together networks and strategic partners, representing the different stakeholders along the buildings value chain toward a joint action program;

Networking public authorities in charge of construction, to converge regulation and financing towards low-carbon strategies.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the GABC working groups that have achieved tangible results, including:

Launching the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Program (PEEB), to create an international facility for coordinating technical assistance and investment in innovation for energy efficiency in buildings.

Implementing an information platform and action inventory.

Developing the three-year work program 2016-2018 and the roadmap on real estate transition.

This Global Alliance, launched December 2015 on the occasion of COP21, brought together in its inaugural meeting, organized by the French Ministry of the Environment in April 2016 and co-chaired by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Policy, 64 organizations and 19 countries. This collective dynamic allowed for sharing experiences, presenting ideas and means, and identifying gaps and needs that must be addressed through the cooperation promoted by the Alliance.
Through collective action, the Alliance members aim to strengthen climate action, accelerate the transition to resilient and low-carbon economies, pool actions and initiatives of partners and civil society and help implementing objectives set out in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) while addressing challenges that arise.
I would like to recall that Morocco, within the framework of its NDC, is committed to limiting GHG emissions (unconditional target) to 17%, knowing that it emitted only 0.2% of global GHG emissions in 2010. By accessing new sources of financing and additional support, the reduction would increase to 42%. The expected building sector’s mitigation effort to reach the overall target over the period 2020-2030 is 7.6%. To best meet this challenge, national building actors rely on the support of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction and the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Program (PEEB).

Ladies and gentlemen.

This meeting offers building actors an essential opportunity to coordinate their projects based on implementing the Paris agreement. It will not only assess progress but also discuss the challenges to buildings and sustainable development in implementing and attaining set targets.
In this sense, as a member of the GABC, we are called upon to join our legitimate aspirations for combating climate change, while considering the imperatives of resource sustainability and reduction of inequalities.
I take this debate as a reminder that the same importance should be attached to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions as to adapting to climate change impacts.
In this regard, I would like to emphasize that it has been decided that for Morocco, climate change adaptation must form the cornerstone of any sustainable development program or policy. To this end, all public policies, in particular those relating to buildings, will adopt preventive risk management approaches based on observation and research to better understand current and future climate risks. In the case of Morocco, it is imperative today to safeguard and valorize the traditional habitat material which represent a rich human heritage but which are undergoing various forms of degradation caused in part by climate change, while improving the living conditions of the populations who live there and who are usually in a fragile (deprived) situation. I call on the various working groups to give this component all the importance it deserves so that the GABC can support those members and especially those countries most vulnerable to climate change in undertaking adaptation actions in buildings.

Ladies and gentlemen

Before concluding, I would like to emphasize that effectiveness and level of ambition of sustainable development actions and technological innovation, led by the developing countries will be all the stronger if consistent and stable complementary means are mobilized in their favor. To this end, I hope that within the framework of the GABC, we will be able to develop fruitful partnerships. Today's event is a great opportunity to discuss the different challenges to be overcome and the solutions to be adopted for a better engagement of the building sector.

Mr Mohammed Nabil Benabdallah, former Minister of National Territory, Urban Planning, Housing and Urban Policy of the Kingdom of Morocco

Former Minister Mohammed Nabil Benabdallah Kingdom of Morocco

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