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Publishing date: 09/27/2019

GlobalABC at the UNSG Summit

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Under the theme “A Race We Can Win”, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres brought together leading actors of the political and economic spheres to advance climate action that will enable the implementation of many goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More commonly known as the UNSG Summit, it invites national and sub-national governments, private sector and civil society organizations to raise the bar for commitments in the following areas 1) social and political drivers of change; 2) transition to renewable energy; 3) industry; 4) infrastructure, cities and local action; 5) nature-based solutions; 6) resilience and adaptation; 7) mitigation; 8) finance and carbon pricing; and 9) youth and citizen mobilization.

To ensure visibility and action for the buildings and construction sector, the GlobalABC engaged in both the Energy Transition and the Infrastructure, Cities, and Local Action (ICLA) tracks, by pushing for its vision towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector is represented as much as possible in the two areas. Below is a short summary of each:

For the Energy Transition Track the GlobalABC forms part of the Cool Coalition to address rising cooling demand. The Cool Coalition addresses a major blind spot in the energy transition by creating a unified effort of governments, businesses and civil society on climate friendly and efficient cooling. It takes a cross-sectoral approach to cooling, including building design, energy efficiency, renewables, and energy storage.  With ‘Buildings keep cool naturally’ we actively support an avoid-shift-improve-protect-leverage approach where buildings and building design play an essential role to avoid rising demand for space cooling in the first place. On 22 September, the engagement under the Cool Coalition was presented as part of the Energy Forum.

At the Infrastructure, Cities, and Local Action (ICLA) track, the GlobalABC participates in the Zero Carbon Buildings Proposal jointly with IFC, WorldGBC, and WRI. The Zero Carbon Buildings for All aims to leverage the leadership of government, industry and civil society to both secure commitments to ambitious targets for decarbonizing the sector by 2050 and to mobilize significant funding (at least $1 trillion in Paris Agreement-compliant buildings investment in developing countries by 2030). Moving the needle in the right direction, such proposals can deliver significant positive change  in the buildings and construction sectors contribution To that end continued action is essential.

Additionally, the GlobalABC as part of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA), was invited to join the MPGCA meeting 'Summit to Summit: Reflections of pre-2020 action' held on 21 September.

The Summit will feed into the UNFCCC process by contributing to the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC in December 2019.

Read more:

Release: Zero Carbon Buildings for All initiative launched at UN Climate Action Summit 

For more information on the Cool Coalition: Please reach out to unep-coolcoalition@un.org to find out more about how you can engage including on how to join, actions, and the UN Secretary General Summit events.

For more information on the UNSG Summit, please check the website of the event.

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ZCBs for All Overview.pdf