By the year 2030, about 3 billion people will require access to adequate housing.

The provision of affordable housing has become an urgent imperative. Housing serves as our first line of defense against the challenges of climate change. Housing represents more than just a roof over our heads; it encompasses the provision of essential services for people to live with dignity and access opportunities.

Confronting the housing crisis can evolve into a pivotal opportunity to address climate challenges more effectively. Housing can significantly reduce carbon emissions through efficient housing policies, the adoption of low-carbon materials and the promotion of zero-waste practices— essential for mitigating the environmental footprint of the housing sector.

The session will discuss successful approaches and will be the opportunity to launch the “Housing Matters” global campaign touching upon interconnected topics, through a holistic approach to act together.

Housing picture

Because housing matters, we need to unite and act together.

Agenda

10:30 a.m. to
11:00 a.m.

REGISTRATION

11:00 a.m. to
11:05 a.m.

OPENING REMARKS

  • Cynthia Samaha - Manager of the Office of Outreach and Career Development
  • Sabrina Joseph - Provost and Chief Academic Officer

11:05 a.m. to
11:20 a.m.

OPENING SESSION

  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif - Executive Director, UN-Habitat
  • Mahmoud Alburai - Director, Middle East Cities Center, American University in Dubai

11:20 a.m. to
11:50 a.m.

LAUNCH AND ENGAGEMENT STAGE

#HousingMatters

Welcome Stage: committed business, industries and professional partners

  • Neil Khor - Director, External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation, UN-Habitat

11:50 a.m. to
12:20 p.m.

DEBATE

Decarbonizing Housing for Livable Cities

  • Susan Bridge - President, Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Edmond Chammas - President & CEO, Enterprise Business Solutions WLL
  • Aref Boualwan - Chief Initiatives & Startups Officer, Consolidated Contractors International Company
  • Aditya V. Bahadur - Principal Researcher (Urban Resilience Lead) & Chair of the Research Strategy Team, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK

12:20 p.m. to
12:50 p.m.

EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Towards a Green and Sustainable Habitat

  • Mariam Aljenaibi - Head of Innovation and Future Foresight Center, Agriculture and Livestock Department, Sharjah Government
  • Omran Al Hajri - Team Leader of Construction Safety, Complaints & Emergency, Dubai Municipality

12:50 p.m. to
1:00 p.m.

CONCLUSION

Guest Speakers

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Executive Director, UN-Habitat
 

Mahmoud Alburai

Director, Middle East Cities Center, American University in Dubai

Neil Khor

Director, External Relations, Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation, UN-Habitat

Christine Auclair

Coordinator, World Urban Campaign, UN-Habitat

Susan Bridge

President, Royal Town Planning Institute

Edmond Chammas

President & CEO, Enterprise Business Solutions WLL

Aref Boualwan

Chief Initiatives & Startups Officer, Consolidated Contractors International Company

Aditya V. Bahadur

Principal Researcher (Urban Resilience Lead) & Chair of the Research Strategy Team, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK

Mariam Aljenaibi

Head of Innovation and Future Foresight Center, Agriculture and Livestock Department, Sharjah Government

Omran Al Hajri

Team Leader of Construction Safety, Complaints & Emergency, Dubai Municipality

Registration

Date

Thursday, December 7, 2023

10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location

AUD Auditorium, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Media City

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