Human Settlements Action Event

7 December 2018 | 7 December 2018

MPGCA Human Settlements: Integrated climate action, raising ambition and financing multi-level action

Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC), ICLEI, C40

Lubelskie Climate Action Room 3 in the COP24 Site - International Conference Center (MCK), Plac Slawika I Antalla, 40-166, Katowice


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All three sessions take place in the Lubelskie Climate Action Room 3 in the COP24 Site - International Conference Center (MCK), Plac Slawika I Antalla, 40-166, Katowice

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

GlobalABC session: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

** Please note: the Human Settlements Action Event is open to all COP24 ACCREDITED attendees. Without this accreditation, you will not be able to access the room where the Human Settlements Action event will take place**


Building upon the Paris Agreement vision of engaging all levels of government for climate action, the Marrakech Parnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) Human Settlements thematic event 2018 will consist of the three panel discussions as follows:

Integrated action: integrated climate action for low-carbon and resilient societies;

Raising ambition: sectoral progress and achievements, with a special focus on the buildings and construction sector;

Looking forward: financing multilevel action.

All three events take place in the Lubelskie Climate Action Room 3 in the COP24 Site - International Conference Center (MCK), Plac Slawika I Antalla, 40-166, Katowice


The MPGCA Human Settlements thematic group is making tremendous efforts to align policies across all levels of governance to enhance ambition through integrated climate action, action in key sectors and multilevel action supported by means of implementation such as climate finance.

Jointly, local, regional and national governments can realise the transformation needed for achieving the mid-century goal of transitioning into low-carbon resilient economies with their ambitious targets and innovative policy solutions. Sectors with the highest carbon footprint in cities comprise energy, buildings and transport. Cities and regions around the world would further benefit from increased capacity building support for accessing and using new finance instruments.

Objective: Impacts and progress made in 2018

Urban infrastructure accounts for over 70% of global energy use and cities account for between 37% and 49% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings and construction alone are responsible for some 40% of energy consumption and related GHG emissions globally. The majority of the world’s cities are in low lying flood-prone or coastal areas, which are vulnerable to climate hazards. Against this backdrop, strengthening institutional capacity to enable enforcement of standards and policies – for human settlements across all levels of government is crucial for achieving the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement.

Focusing on three pillars of integrated climate action, sectoral progress and financing multilevel action, this year’s MPGCA Human Settlements thematic event aims to strengthen the five high-impact levers of the Human Settlements thematic group, which are as follows: 1) multilevel governance; 2) finance; 3) net-zero emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction; 4) low emission transport; and 5) zero-waste. These five high-impact levers will receive a thematic deep-dive through three 45-minute sessions that would comprise the 3-hour slot dedicated to the Human Settlements thematic group.

The GlobalABC event (session 2 - highlighted below) is part of the Human Settlements Action event, taking place from 10:00 to 13:00. 

Session 1: 10:00AM - 11:00AM - Integrated climate action for low carbon and resilient societies

Session 2: 11:00AM - 12:00PM - Raising ambition: taking a deeper look at the buildings sector

This roundtable will focus on the progress made in the building and construction sector towards the objectives set by the Paris Agreement. This high-level event will feature Ministers and CEOs presenting their vision for the sectoral priorities and ambitions in respective countries and organizations in the context of the soon-to-be released Global Status Report 2018.


Mrs. Fatna EL-K’HIEL, Secretary of State to the Minister of National Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and Urban Policy, in charge of Housing, Kingdom of Morocco

Dr. Daniel Maselli, Senior advisor for climate change of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Federation

Mr. Adam Jedrzejczak, CEO, Danfoss Eastern Europe

Mrs. Christine Lemaitre, CEO, German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)

With participation of and moderated by Nick Nuttall, Former Director of Communications of the Global Climate Action Summit 

Session 3: 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Looking forward: financing multilevel action 

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** Important Note: this event will be held inside the COP zone so attendees will need to be accredited to COP to access the site and attend our event. Accredations are handled by UNFCCC. The GlobalABC or UN Environment does not have influence on the accreditation process.**


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