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GlobalABC Regional Roundtable for Sub Saharan Africa

28 May 2019 | 28 May 2019

Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction. Co-hosted by UN Environment and UN Habitat

Nairobi, Kenya

Summary

WHAT?

A unique opportunity to be part of an interactive best practice exchange on employing energy efficient measures to ensure long-term affordability of housing. Participants will jointly shape the Regional Roadmap towards a zero emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector for Africa.  

WHO?

GlobalABC members and key stakeholders in the region working on the topics of energy efficiency for buildings, affordable housing, and sustainable buildings and construction practices in Africa are welcome! 

WHEN & WHERE?

GlobalABC Regional Roundtable for Sub-Saharan Africa, will take place on 28 May 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya, held on the occasion of the UN Habitat Assembly (27-31 May)

 

*Please note that this event is by invitation only.

Ensuring affordable housing is a growing challenge for governments around the world. As cities expand and housing prices increase, more and more people seek affordable living space. One quarter of the world’s population lives in slums and informal settlements. Despite urgent demand, on average, public social housing represents less than 15% of all housing types globally. In summary, affordable housing is often inadequate while adequate housing is often unaffordable. It is hence no surprise that affordable, adequate and sustainable housing is at the heart of the New Urban Agenda.


Key for transitioning to a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector is assertive implementation and enforcement of building energy codes globally. Over half of new buildings expected to exist in 2060 will be constructed in the next 20 years, two thirds in countries without mandatory building energy codes. It is, however, a common misconception that energy efficiency reduces affordability. In fact, it is the urban poor who need energy efficient and climate-responsive housing most urgently. When considering a building’s life-cycle, energy efficiency decreases its costs. Governments are often in charge of affordable housing projects – jointly with developers, social housing projects can present a unique opportunity of leading by example in crafting true best practices by ensuring affordable housing projects showcase what is possible.

Regional Roundtables have as their objective facilitating regional cooperation. Aimed at national governments from a given region, Regional Roundtables advance the sharing of technical knowledge and good practice peer-to-peer exchange. They foster match-making between GlobalABC members who then cooperate in selected areas to accelerate zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector solutions across the (sub)region, including those related to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Knowledge exchange and match-making includes sharing of best practice policies, tools, and data, as well as offers of expertise for technical support and capacity building. Through participant-drive input and exchange, Regional Roundtables also aim to forge regional roadmaps towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.

This regional roundtable aims for the following concrete outcomes:

- Identifying priorities, pillars and milestones for a regional roadmap based on GlobalABC template and methodology and through participant drive collective discussion and input,

- Peer-to-peer learning among participants through the market-place focused lab session, where
members can share their best practices and success stories in a focused and engaging way. Through this exchange, the Regional Roundtable aims to identify a minimum of five best practices that have been proved successful in the region.

- Networking opportunity through matchmaking promoted by the GlobalABC

 

REGIONAL ROUNDTABLES

Regional Roundtables have as their objective facilitating regional cooperation. Aimed at national governments from a given region, Regional Roundtables advance the sharing of technical knowledge and good practice peer-to-peer exchange. They foster match-making between GlobalABC members who then cooperate in selected areas to accelerate zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector solutions across the (sub-) region, including those related to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Knowledge exchange and match-making includes sharing of best practice policies, tools, and data, as well as offers of expertise for technical support and capacity building. Through participant-drive input and exchange, Regional Roundtables also aim to forge regional roadmaps towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.

 

 

ABOUT THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION

Founded at COP21 and hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) is an international initiative focused on:


(1) Raising ambitions to meet the Paris climate goals: While the sector is a major emitter, it also holds huge potential for improvement. We work to raise ambition levels regarding retrofitting existing buildings and future-proofing investments going into new buildings.


(2) Mobilizing all actors along the value chain: Faced with a fragmented value chain, all stakeholders – from design to construction, operations and demolition in the private and public sectors – need to play their part. We encourage policy frameworks that promote uptake of cost-effective solutions and private sector innovation.


With 115 members, including 27 countries, the GlobalABC is the leading global platform connecting governments, private sector and organisations to drive the transformation towards a future-proof world where all buildings – old and new – are zero-emission, efficient and resilient.


The GlobalABC’s five Work Areas focus on education and awareness, public policies, market transformation, finance, and building measurement, data and information. The GlobalABC keeps track of sector progress thourgh the Global Status Report and highlights NDCs as an effective vehicle for transformation through its Guide for Incorporating Buildings Sector Actions in NDCs.


The GlobalABC also developed a Global Roadmap, which identifies key steps to put the sector on a zeroemission, efficient, and resilient path and which is now being expanded into Regional Roadmaps for four major regions. GlobalABC Regional Roundtables foster match-making, best-practice exchange, and help forge regional roadmaps in and for respective regions.

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