Decarbonizing buildings across the entire life cycle would require a transformation of the buildings and construction sector. Reaching net-zero operational and embodied carbon emission buildings is possible, but requires clear and ambitious policy signals to drive a range of measures including passive building design, material efficiency, low-carbon materials, efficient building envelope measures, and highly efficient lighting and appliances. To accelerate action, greater collaboration involving a range of stakeholders is needed, including policy makers, urban planners, architects, construction companies, materials suppliers, utility companies, developers and investors.

Building on the lessons learned from GlobalABC roadmaps launched over the past three years, UNEP together with UNOPS and UN-Habitat are supporting countries to strengthen network, identify priorities and challenges and develop their national roadmap to achieve a zero emissions, high efficient and resilient built environment. This session will aim at: 

  1. showcasing lessons learnt from countries implementing the roadmap
  2. roadmaps under development, and
  3. a call to countries to take action and develop their own roadmaps


  • Nikhil Kolsepatil, Programme Coordinator - Energy and Climate, ICLEI South Asia 

  • Meltem Bayraktar, Program Manager, Urban Efficiency and Climate, WRI Türkiye 

  • Geoffrey Morgan, Senior infrastructure specialist - strategic initiatives, UNOPS

  • Naila Ahamed Noor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Public Works of Bangladesh

  • Chris Pobee Abbey, Principal Architect, Ministry of Works and Housing of Ghana 

  • Moustapha Diop, Technical Counselor for the Director of Construction and Housing of Senegal

  • Smith Mordak, CEO UK Green Building Council 

  • Riadh Bhar, Associate Director Energy, Sustainability & Infrastructure, Guidehouse

  • Moderator: Jonathan Duwyn, Programme Officer, Buildings and Construction, UNEP  


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