First meeting of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

© Bernard Suard/MEEM
© Bernard Suard/MEEM

19 Apr First meeting of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

The Members of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction met in Paris on 18-19 April 2016, for the first time since the initiative was launched at COP21 (for further information). The meeting was organized by France and the United Nations Environment Programme.

64 organizations from 19 countries, i.e. almost all members who joined the Alliance on 3 December 2015, were present or represented. In addition, five new members joined the Alliance during the meeting.

Members agreed to develop a roadmap and to set up five working groups on the following themes:

  • public policy
  • finance and data analysis
  • market transformation
  • measures and accountability
  • education and awareness raising

The working groups will be headed by pairs combining countries and partners from private groups and international NGOs, and will clarify the Alliance’s actions in the short and medium term, during the next Plenary Meeting whose date is to be set.

Several Alliance members also put forward concrete proposals, like that of the French government agency ADEME for designing and implementing very low energy buildings suitable for tropical climates, or like Tunisia which wants to promote the deployment of solar boilers, based on its successful experiment.

The meeting was co-chaired by Morocco which confirmed that a new Buildings Day (BDAY) would be held in Marrakech during COP22.

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