Report on SBE23 Asia-Pacific Shenzhen Conference

Dr. Greg Foliente represented iiSBE and the other SBE partners at the SBE23 Asia-Pacific Shenzhen Conference in the last week of November. The event focused on the aspirations, interest and efforts of key stakeholders in Shenzhen and its broader region to address the sustainability challenge in the built environment. There were more than 2,000 participants and many would-be on-site attendees had to be turned away because the sessions (and rooms) were over-subscribed.

Global ABC issues report on April meeting

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction or Global ABC held an organizational meeting in Paris on 18 and 19 April. The organization was launched at the COP21 event in Paris and will attempt to provide a platform for national governments, NGOs and private companies to coordinate their efforts to maintain global temperature increases to less than 2 deg.C.

This first meeting was intended only to establish the structure and process required to carry out this objective. About 90 people attended (around one big table in a very large room) and discussion took place in English and French, with simultaneous interpretation.

The Global ABC Secretariat has now issued the notes from the meeting, which appear to cover everything that took place. iiSBE will be involved in at least two working groups and we will keep you posted. We attach both the short informal iiSBE report and the official one, in two languages. The full report is worth reading.